by Chelsea Marshall & Mary Dauterman
In 1968, children’s author Richard Scarry published What Do People Do All Day?, a collection of characters and stories about various occupations featuring Scarry’s iconic animal characters. Nearly 50 years later, Scarry’s classic book is showing its age. The things we spend our days doing in 2016 are very different than in 1968: we now have mannies, bloggers, mixologists, hackers, social media managers, robot customer service reps, and many other awesome, weird, unlikely professions ripe for gentle satirization.
Chelsea Marshall and Mary Dauterman’s What Are We Even Doing With Our Lives? hilariously and poignantly illustrates millennials’ modern day careers and struggles, setting characters—like Freelance Frank, Hot Sally, and EDM Ed—in places like the Startup Lobby, the Tinder Date, an Airbnb Room, the Weekend Farmers Market, the Brunch Outing, and more. In the style of Richard Scarry’s Busy Town, Marshall and Dauterman’s fictional world will narrate the lives of these everyday characters as they navigate their most dreadful and pointless existences by cutting corners, feigning seriousness, and, mostly, just farting around.
North American publisher: Dey Street Books, August 2017
Foreign rights contact: Dey Street Books
Film/TV rights contact: Rachel Crawford, Wolf Literary Services