Contact: Sue Pyatt
Ph: 703-527-5933



(Arlington, VA, November 2003)  This November, Sue Pyatt, long-time resident and businesswoman, of Arlington, VA, will publish her first picture book, CALL ME MADAME PRESIDENT, (Imagination Station Press). This is the story of Amanda, a delightful, imaginative eight-year-old, who hasn’t any trouble envisioning herself as President of the United States and longs to show her older brother a thing or two.  The tale is told against the backdrop of Washington, D.C. with all the splendor and charm of the famous places that are displayed in thirty-four, fun-filled, full-color illustrations.  Intended for girls from five to eight years, the book is fun for adults too.  The pictures are by Yorktown High School art teacher and seasoned graphic artist, Keith Gaston, who lives in Centreville, VA.

Timing for publication is just right, since there is now an announced female candidate for president and speculation that we may soon have others.  The interest in female political figures is certainly real.  As we see an increasing number of women assuming important government roles, the moment is at hand for little girls to be encouraged to have very big ideas about their own abilities to lead.

Since Pyatt grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and still lives here, many of the places pictured in her book are her own stomping grounds.  The idea for this story came to her while she was out walking her dog.  This is the part of her day, she says, when her imagination frequently swings into gear.

Ms. Pyatt is the owner of two popular Arlington, VA, children’s retail stores.  First came Kinder Haus Toys and Children’s Clothes which she began in 1982.  She opened Imagination Station Children’s Bookstore in 1985.  “Based on my experience of eighteen years as a bookseller, I now believe that this book has the potential to sell well on a national scale, and I think it will have particular appeal to the Washington, D.C. crowd – both the locals and the tourists.  It is timely, of local and national interest, beautifully illustrated, and fun,” she says modestly.

Pyatt will, of course, sell it out of her own outlets.  It may be purchased from her online store at for$17.00.  It is also available at Imagination Station Children’s Bookstore, 4524 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22207, (703) 522-2047, and  For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Sue Pyatt directly at (703) 527-5933 or


By Sue Pyatt
Illustrated by Keith Gaston
Publication Date: November 2003
$17.00 U.S.
32 Pages; 9” by 12” hardcover picture book
Imagination Station Press
ISBN 0-9742575-0-8
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