The wait is finally over! It’s time for Susanna Hill’s fabulous Halloweensie Contest.
According to the guidelines, you need to write a story for children that is 100 words or less and uses the words GHOST, SPIDER, and MOON.
I’ve always participated in this challenge…it’s a great writing prompt that helps you come right to the point while trying to entertain kids.
Here is my entry…I hope you enjoy it. Please visit the link up on Susanna’s website so you can read the other stories. Some may be posted in the comment section of her blog for those people who don’t have their own blog. Voting will take place on November 7 and winners will be announced a couple of days after that.
THE TRICK-OR-TREAT BAG (100 words)
Tucked in a box, Trick-or-Treat Bag slept. He dreamed of friendly ghosts, scary spiders, and a tummy full of treats.
One day, Bag’s world shook. Earthquake!
Bag felt a tug. Whoosh! Bag dangled in the air.
“It’s wrinkled,” said Sally.
“Shake it out,” said Sam.
“Don’t you want a new bag?” said Sam. “Your costume is new.”
Sally held Bag close. “My old costume was too small,” she said. “But this bag will always be just right for me.”
Bouncing to the beat of Sally’s heart, Bag twinkled as they trick-or-treated in the Halloween moonlight.
I hope you enjoyed the story…I’ve never written one from a bag’s POV…now I can’t wait to read all of the other contest entries!
Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends! And HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!
Last weekend I attended the SCBWI ENCORE presentation at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Massachusetts. I’m thankful for kid lit friends, Mona Pease, who drove all the way from Maine, and Beth Gallagher, who picked us up and chauffeured us to the event. The fall foliage was astonishingly beautiful and the day-long conference was filled with inspiring and informative programs.
Next weekend, another book event takes place…the Keene State College Children’s Book Fair. I’m hoping to be able to go. The only problem with going to these book events is that it’s tempting to buy every book!
Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection is one I actually didn’t have to buy. At our local indie bookstore’s Teacher Appreciation Week, I placed my name in a raffle bowl. And I could hardly believe my ears when the manager from Toadstool Bookshop called and informed me that I was a winner of a picture book which is perfect for this Halloween-is-around-the-corner season. To read all of this week’s Perfect Picture Book reviews, hop over to Susanna Hill’s website.
Written by Anika Denise
Illustrated by Nate Wragg
Publisher: Harper Collins (2016)
Ages: 3 and up
Courage, never give up, you don’t have to be the biggest in order to win
Readers will delight in this lively read-aloud story with a clever and surprising twist at the end—perfect for Halloween and year round!
Ready, set, go! The monster truck race is on in this frightfully delightful picture book. On a spooky speedway, Monster Trucks moan! Monster Trucks grumble! Monster Trucks groan!
Join Frankentruck, Zombie Truck, Ghost Truck, and more as they race to the finish line. But one of these trucks isn’t quite who you think.
Why I like this book:
- Love the clever simple rhyme that is matched perfectly with illustrations full of kid-appeal
- Totally a new twist on a Halloween story for children that has just the right amount of tension and suspense without being scary
- Let your children design their own monster trucks.
- Make up silly Halloween rhymes with your children…take turns with each line.
- Check out other great Halloween picture books here: http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/holidays/tp/halloween.html
This post is part of a series for parents and teachers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays hosted by Susannah Leonard Hill. Click on her link and find lots of other picture book suggestions with summaries and activities.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, dear friends and readers. If you enjoy writing children’s stories, don’t forgot about Susanna’s Halloweensie Contest. I’ll be posting my entry to the contest next Friday right here on my blog. But if you want to find out more about the contest, click on this link.