Almost Halloweensie

Boo hoo! This is NOT an acceptable entry  for Susanna Hill’s Halloweensie Contest (over by 4 words), but I thought I’d post my adaptation of a Storytime action-rhyme for teachers, parents, librarians – or another bookseller! – who might enjoy boo-hooing with toddlers too!

To read all the entries, click HERE

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Creeeaak… My Entry

orange_23-1Susanna Leonard Hill’s 5th Annual Halloweensie Contest*: write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children using the words costume, dark and haunt. (I threw in some older sketches for fun – enjoy!)

orange_25(1)Creeeaak…

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Trick or treat.

Rick and Pete?

No. Trick or treat!

Oh. Stinky beets?

We’re trick or treaters!

You’re picky eaters?

We’re wearing costumes!

You need the bathroom?

UGH!!!

Bug?

It’s dark out here!

A shark is near?

We’ll bare our teeth!

You like my wreath?

Open the door!

No, I don’t snore,…but I’m hard off hearing.

We’re gonna haunt your house!

You caught a mouse?

Aw, forget it.

Slug and lettuce?

Goodbye…and good riddance!

…Creeeaak…

Why are you leaving? I love kittens!

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*Read the other entries as they are posted over the next 5 days HERE

Best Witches

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No PPBF today – Susanna is busy narrowing down Halloweensie entries (reading them, I got the ‘itch’ to draw). But I’d like to invite you back tomorrow for the start of SteigFEST – a 14-day picture-book-salute to an author-illustrator I very much admire, William Stieg.  orange_24(1)-1

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‘Halloweensie’: Too Big for His Boots

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Fall in Colorado is almost too gorgeous this year! It may have reached 90* yesterday, which was too much, but it’s back down to the 70’s now. More importantly there has been less wind than usual, so the trees are still glowing. I made myself a leaf crown today, AND I wore it all over town!

Susanna Hill’s 4th Halloweensie Contest rules:  write a 100 word or less (mine weighs in at 88) Halloween story appropriate for children, using the words pumpkinbroomstick, and creak.

Too Big for His Boots

“I want a broomstick,” said the cat.

“And, just like yours, a wide brim hat.

I’ll take a pair of pointy boots,

A nighty owl that glares and hoots,

One pumpkin cut to grin that glows,

Two warts like those that itch your nose,

Three blackened crows with crooked beaks,

A chair that rocks with cricks and creaks,…”

That cat! He carried on, and on,

‘Til Witch stood up and freed a yawn.

She waved her wand then thrice she spat.

POOF!

“It’s not your birthday, silly cat!”

LeafCrown5To read more 2014 Halloweensie Contest entries click HERE

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It is so much fun to participate in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie ContestBut so challenging to write a story in 100 words or less. Each entry must incorporate 3 terms: spooky, cackle and black cat. Susanna insisted I defend my title (haha – no arm-twisting was necessary!), and though I’ve been avoiding rhyming texts I could not resist – my apologies in advance to my well-metered friends!

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HALLOWEEN COMES TO THE FARM

Full moon ascends velvet sky
Flickering Jack bats an eye

Scarecrow snitch dons a straw hat
Spinal twitch of a black cat

Scritch scratch, ratatatat
Halloween comes to the farm

Restless cows moo sweet and low
Leafless boughs buckle and throw

Strident screech of the barn owl
Ruffles feathers of lesser fowl

Scritch scratch, ratatatat
Halloween comes to the farm

Cobwebs beguile sloping beams
Saddling horse’s pleasant dreams

Spooky sighs thicken the night
Cresting dawn spills early light

Scritch scratch, ratatatat
Halloween comes to the farm

Spirits rise to bid adieu
Dispel night with Cackle-dee-doo!

Fortunate Sentiments and SkADaMo 10

Biddy, a character from a January ’12 draft, is here with me to share my sentiments – she is my only MC that writes! (Please excuse the smudge on her chin – from a Porsche seat description on the other side of the scrap paper!)

I have everything to be grateful for at the moment, and for all the WONDERFUL gifts received this week I would like to give thanks:

I believe it started on Monday afternoon – Diane, a fellow 12x12er from the Land of the Long White Cloud, at thepatientdreamer.com, bestowed 6 others the Lovely Blog Award, including yours truly. To accept I must share seven things about myself: I could eat pizza every day if I had to; I love to wear wool – doesn’t scratch me in the least; I have two favorite colors: green and red; I have had four casts to mend broken bones and things; I completed an apprenticeship as a Fleischereifachverkaeuferin; I love to pull carrots from the garden soil; I’m always looking at cloud formations!

I am still overflowing with joy after fellow citizens voted on Tuesday: to give our President (Bronco-bama!) four more years, to provide New Hampshire with the nation’s first all-female congressional delegation, and 20 female US senators in 2013- a new record!

On Wednesday I won a copy of Sea Cutter, Book One in the Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe, by Timothy Davis from Erik on thiskidreviewsbooks.com. Read his review here.

As  an active participant in Julie Hedlund’s 12x12in’12 Challenge, I won, in another random drawing on Thursday, a 30-min. marketing and social media consultation with none other than Dianne de las Casas, founder of Picture Book Month! (Click on the ambassador badge in the sidebar to link up with more info!)

And I am now famous (Already? Yeah!), because on Friday my entry in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest won FIRST PLACE! I will receive 5 fabulous books from 5 fabulous authors: Marathon Mouse by Amy Dixon, The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz, Puzzled By Pink by Sarah Frances Hardy, Flap! by Alison Hertz, and The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber!  And After I give each of those books a BIG hug, I will share them with elementary schools and their students in the Poudre School District of Fort Collins. It feels great to get a lot, and even better to give a lot!

To ‘top’ off – Equinox had a fresh batch of Space Ghost ready to tap on Friday evening!

Thank you everyone, you’ve added swing to the beat of my heart!

SkADaMo 6 and ‘Alternate’ Voting

Linda Silvestri is stringing other illustrators along on a Sketch A Day Month 2012 journey, and I hope Linda will soon list our links, so we can all admire each others process and motivation.

With just two more days to read the next 220 pages for the Dickens seminar at my library, I fell asleep last night wondering what will become of little Copperfield, now that the Micawbers have left London: “The Orfling and I stood looking vacantly at each other in the middle of the road,…” Charles Dickens, David Copperfield.

And what will become of my children’s future as the day unfolds.

Also, if you would like to follow Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest, and vote for your favorite entry, you can do so by Thursday, November 8th at 6pm EST. You can read about the rules and my entry on her website, or here.

I encourage you to vote!

A Halloweensie Contest and WIX Twist

Susanna’s Rules for the Halloweensie contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children, using the words witchbat, and “trick-or-treat. Check out other Halloweensie Contest entries at http://susannahill.blogspot.com/

I’ve been going door-to-door dressed in costume with an open bag for treats most of my life – okay I have enjoyed the custom most of my life! I even got married on Halloween (Happy 21st, hon!). And I’ve only just read that this practice has a name other than ‘trick-or-treating’: guising. Ha! Learn something new every day! New words should be applied freely so as to cement them into one’s vocabulary, so I thought I’d have a little trick-twisting fun with idioms and sayings:

A half truth is a whole guise. (off a Yiddish proverb)

A truth that’s told with bad intent beats all the guise you can invent. (Sorry Bill! ~William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence,” Poems from the Pickering Manuscript)

A guise may take care of the present, but it has no future.  (Author Unknown; if you know, tell the author to drop a line!)

Fit to be guised.

Early to bed, early to guise

Guise to the challenge!

One guise fits all.

Well…

That’s about the guise of it!

Also have to mention a Halloween PB – too delightful to pass up!

Author: Harriet Ziefert
Illustrator: Simms Tabak
Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2007
Age level: 2 and up
Opening: If one little witch meets one little witch, that makes…two little witches going trick or treating.
Why I like it: As you can see on the cover, one little witch is a bit suspicious of the other little witch as they meet their dressed-up friends. A little spooky and a lot of fun, with delightful illustrations from the late Simms Taback, who created over 35 picture books, winning the Caldecott Medal for Joseph Had A Little Overcoat and a Caldecott Honor for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Do try an all time favorite of mine Kibitzers and Fools: tales my zayda told me.

Happy Halloween!