Title: SIDEWALK CHALK
Pitch: MG contemporary fantasy
Thirteen-year-old Jake meets Galen, an artist whose brain-meltingly awesome works of 3-D Sidewalk Chalk Art serve as a portal to the magical worlds beneath the streets of New York.
When one of Jake's friends runs down the steps into a drawing, it sets off a chain of events that leads to the most annoying kid in school following him in, and the next morning Jake finding the chalk paw prints of the hundreds of creatures that followed him out.
After watching Home Alone like a thousand times, Jake and his friends chase the creatures through Central Park to a showdown at Belvedere Castle where they attempt to destroy them. If they fail, New York will be overrun and the door to these worlds will remain open forever.
SIDEWALK CHALK is Home Alone meets Despicable Me as sidewalk-painting, monster-hunting, minion-leading, middle schoolers have chalk creatures crawling out of their drawing issues.
Sidewalk chalk is only good for drawing bases in the middle of the street, and filling the extra-long socks of your extra-long older brother on Halloween . . . or so I thought.