Do Woodchucks Wear Hats?

The first book in the series of Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats is coming out this year! I’m so excited I could do a happy dance (even a #BloggersDance!). I’ve put my heart and soul into Tilda Pinkerton to create a series that is fun and informative to kids while being super helpful to teachers.

I saw a huge gap in the system with teachers needing material (for free!) that taught beginning and advanced reading that are fun and creative with great social messages too. So I wrote some.

I’ve been working with elementary school teachers on an awesome teacher’s guide and very fun interactive SmartBoard website they can use in their classrooms.  The process is well under way and each teacher activity corresponds to the new Core Standards (preparing America’s students for collage and career!).  Fancy!

I just had to share the first chapter of the first book in the chapter series. I love the characters to much!  This woodchuck was inspired by the woodchuck who lives at the bottom of my driveway and just sits there, watching you. So, I put a hat on him!

Thanks for reading about my new book series.
Super love from me – Angela Shelton.



“Magic—it doesn’t exist,” Albert said. He was seven going on eight.

“What do you know?” said Madison Mae, his sister, the all-knowing eleven-year-old. They were walking down the road from the general store, as they did nearly every day that summer.

“Magic is too real,” she continued. “You just haven’t seen evidence yet.”

Albert kicked at the dusty road alongside the fields of Grandpa’s farm. Madison Mae had been talking about magic a lot. He thought maybe she read too many fantasy books. He didn’t quite know what she meant by evidence, but he did know for sure there wasn’t any magic in his life.

“If there is such thing as magic, then Grandpa wouldn’t be in so much trouble with the farm.”

Madison said nothing. No one liked to speak about that topic these days. Albert was happy to see the red tractor mailbox halfway down the road. That’s where they turned for the long hike up the driveway.

“I think magic is dumb, is all.”

“Don’t be mean,” Madison scolded. “Dumb is a mean word.”

“I don’t mean to be mean, I’m being realistic,” he said.

Madison Mae thought realistic a very good word and was impressed but didn’t say so. Instead, she listened. Albert was about to explain when he stopped in his tracks. Madison Mae followed his eyes and stopped too.

“What’s he doing?” Albert asked, staring at the thing ahead of them.

“He’s not moving,” said Madison Mae.

“I know … he’s just sitting there. Don’t they usually run from us like crazy?”

A woodchuck of very big size had taken his seat on the side of the road before the red tractor mailbox. Albert and Madison Mae had often seen that very same one scurrying across on his floppy belly; but never just sitting stock-still.

“Why isn’t he running away?” Albert whispered.

“I have no idea,” said Madison Mae. “Let’s try getting closer.”

They began toward the woodchuck, trying not to startle him.

“Grandpa says they’re ornery … they’ll tear the end off of a dog’s nose.”

“I’ll kick it if it tries to attack you.”

“What if he goes for your legs?” Albert asked.

“He doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere, I don’t think we have to worry …”

When the two were close enough to get a good look, they stopped again and stared. That’s when Albert and Madison Mae noticed.

The woodchuck was wearing a hat.


Oh I just know you want to know what kind of hat it was. The woodchuck himself tells the children in the next chapter. And yes, of course he can speak.

I’m addicted to YeahWrite!

I just had to share my woodchuck today.

What do you think?

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  1. Oh I love this Angela!It brought me back to the books I used to read when I was a kid. I’m intrigued now!

  2. Love it! Way to go!

  3. Oh how fun! I love children’s literature!

  4. Haha! hat-tastic!

  5. I’m hooked. What kind of hat? A hat that apparently makes him unafraid? Invincible? And how can it help to save the farm? Cute story. I need more please…

    • OH yay! You’re right up my alley! I’m hooked too and I wrote the thing! Shhh, it’s a helmet. Tilda Pinkerton gave it to him because the farmer keeps shooting at him.

  6. Aw, congrats! I hope it does great!

  7. Woodchuck is the best! Gonna need some more, please. Erin

  8. I just attended a meeting tonight about Core Standards! Wowza!
    I can’t wait to see more of your book…

  9. Congratulations! I’m sure it’ll enrich the learning system 😉

  10. So exciting for you, Angela! I’m an elementary teacher and my husband and I also write children’s stories. We post them on a podcast. I know this will do great! Kids will love the creativity and you are really able to connect with the characters. I can’t wait to read more!

  11. How exciting!! This is very, very cool. And the first chapter of the story is phenomenal! I definitely want to read more!

  12. awesome, can’t wait to read more! and SUPER CONGRATS!

  13. Congratulations on the book! Love the discussion the kids had about what to do if the woodchuck attacked, lol.

  14. How exciting! Such a cute character!

  15. Delilah Love says:

    This. Is. Awesome. I read it out loud to my kids. The 7 year old wants to know when she can read the rest of it and the 4 year old sat still for more than 30 seconds. That pretty much a standing ovation in this house. Great job!

  16. Michelle Longo says:

    I actually want to find out what happens next! Sounds like it’s going to be a great book. Congratulations!

  17. glad to meet your woodchuck in a hat!

  18. In one word? Adorableness. (I don’t think that’s a real word, but it describes the woodchuck perfectly.) :0)

  19. I love it! The language and story definitely appeal to a range of ages and “types” of kids. Great!

  20. How exciting Angela! When will this series be available? I have some of my teacher friends whom would love to use it!

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