Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Kid lit lovers everywhere are celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday, who was born on this date in 1904. A fun fact about Dr. Seuss is that his famous Green Eggs and Ham book was created on a bet. Bennett Cerf, one of the founders of Random House Publishing, bet Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) that he couldn’t write a book with fifty or fewer distinct words. We all came out winners of that bet.
In celebration of his birthday, the estimable Vivian Kirkfield created the '50 Precious Words' contest. The challenge is to create a children's story with 50 words maximum. Wow! It was hard but fun. I cannot wait to see everybody's stories. Good luck to all the contestants. (Check out the other entries on Vivian's blog here)
When a Monster Eats Your Underwear
By Carrie Karnes-Fannin
“Where’s your underwear?”
“Ummm…a monster ate them, Mama.”
“I’m naked! Woo-hoo!!”
“That’s too bad."
“No underwear, no park.”
“Nope. No underwear, no park.”
“Here they are!”
“The monster burped them up. He said ‘excuse me.’”
“Can we go now?”
“But where’s your pants?”