2021 Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Challenge – Week #4

Good Monday Morning, Everyone!

I know it’s Memorial Day and many of you are busy with family celebrations, parades, and honoring those who have done so much for all of us.

But in case you also have the day off and a little free time. . .

. . .let’s have some Mix ‘n’ Match fun because it’s time for Week #4!

Mix ‘n’ Match Mini is a 7 week writing challenge for anyone who needs a little boost, a little inspiration, or a little encouragement to get writing. . . or maybe just a little fun!

You get to write your own story, enjoy and be entertained by everyone else’s stories, and get yourself in the running for some awesome prizes (please see the end of the blog post for a list of all the prize goodies which continues to grow!)

To be eligible for the prize drawing you must enter all 7 weeks.

For a full description of the challenge, to read the Week #1 entries, or to add your Week #1 entry, please go HERE (Week #1)

To read the Week #2 entries or add your Week #2 entry, please go HERE (Week #2)

To read the Week #3 entries or add your Week #3 entry, please go HERE (Week #3)

Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Prompt #4 for Week of May 31:

So far we’ve played with character needs/goals, writing a cumulative story, and a picture prompt with random words and a secret!  This week we’re going to have some musical fun with themes! 😊

Choose a song from Column A, a theme from Column B, and an important item from Column C (optional.)  Write a 100 word story for kids where your version of the song tells a story that shows your chosen theme (including your important item if you wish!) You may use the original song opening if you like, but you are not required to (just make it obvious in your writing and/or identify which song you’re using along with your title and word count), and if rhyming isn’t your thing you can write in prose as long as it’s still clear which song you’re working with.  You may add or subtract characters (e.g. Bob and Joe rowed their boat gently down the stream), change the destination (e.g. Row, row, row your boat up the mountainside), change the type of action (e.g. Row, row, row your boat wildly down the stream) etc… Anything you like!  Have fun with it! (For examples in kidlit, see Iza Trapani’s extended nursery rhyme songs.)

Column A – SongColumn B – ThemeColumn C – Important Item (optional)
Row, Row, Row Your BoatIt’s important to try new thingsNecklace
The Itsy Bitsy (Eensie Weensie) SpiderEven when you’re bad, you’re still lovedTeddy bear
Twinkle, Twinkle Little StarIt’s important to stay true to yourselfBlackberries
Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?Just because it looks good doesn’t mean it isPink Blankie
The Bear Went Over The MountainIf you work together you can solve a problemStory book
Here We Go Round The Mulberry BushYou don’t have to be big to stand up for yourselfMap
It’s Raining, It’s PouringFriends should always stick togetherTractor
Jack And JillBelieve in yourself and you can achieve your dreamsMoon
Rock-A-Bye BabyIf you don’t succeed the first time, try againDaisy

Post your story in the comment section below! (If for some reason you have trouble posting, you may use the contact form to email your entry to me and I’ll post it for you.)

  • Stories can rhyme or not – totally up to you!
  • You can go under or over 100 words if you want to – also totally up to you! – 100 is a guideline
  • If you’re deeply inspired by a theme that isn’t included you’re welcome to use it, just please say what it is at the top of your entry – the purpose here is inspiration and to get you writing!
  • For simplicity’s sake (and to aid skimming readers who might be interested in a particular thing) please say which song, theme (and important item if you choose to use one) you’re using at the top of your entry along with your name, word count, and title if you have one.

I am SO looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with!  You continue to knock my socks off with your creativity every week!!!

Now come join the fun! Get some writing done! Encourage your kids (or students) to give it a try! Or just have a good time together reading what other folks have written!

Ready, set, WRITE! 😊

(And remember, for full details on the 7 week challenge you can check HERE)

Check out the Week #4 stories!

It’s Raining! It’s Pouring! – Leslie Degnan

Dreams Inside! – Robin Currie

Jack And Jill’s New Adventure – Jen Subra

Untitled – Lauri Meyers

Charlie’s Search – Rose Cappelli

Rock A Bye Daisy – Laura Bower

Arachnid At Your Service – Jill Lambert

The Itsy Bitsy Spider And The Moon – Erika Romero

About Our Friends Who Tried To Row A Boat (Perhaps Under A Full Moon?) – Erin Cleary

Untitled – Lauren Scott

Believe In All You Imagine – Sally Yorke-Viney

The Itsy Bitsy Puppy – Marty Findley

All That Glitters Is Not Gold – Elizabeth Meyer zu Heringdorf

Spunky Little Teddy – Joyce Uglow

Flap Flap Flap Those Wings – Marty Bellis

Dress Dress Dress For Rain – Amy Leskowski

Mark And Grace – Colleen Murphy

I Love Shopping With My Mom – Sara Kruger

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Pet Spider Gone – Aly Kenna

Where, Oh Where Has My Story Book Gone – Ashley Sierra

Ninja, Ninja, Little Sneak – Bevin Rolfs Spencer

Jack And Jill Revisit Their Hill – Ashley B. Pedigo

Jo And Flo – Christine Alemshah

Little Lilly’s Blunder – Elenore Byrne

Ride, Ride, Ride My Bike – Sue Lancaster

Friends For Life – Deb Sullivan

Fireflies – Lyn Jekowsky

The Rescue – Marta Cutler

Bear’s Fresh Start – Allison Strick

Rock A Bye Zombie – Susan Summers

Rainy Day Problem…Solvers – Susan Schipper

To Grandmother’s House We Go – Jeannette Suhr

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring – Dianne Irving

Tinkle, Tinkle, Potty Stress! – Michelle S. Kennedy

Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? – Isabel Cruz Rodriguez

Use Your Map – Padgy Soltis

The Daisy – Barbara Renner

Oopsy Daisy! – Marta Cutler

Yummy, Yummy, Little Pie – Nicole Loos Miller

The Bat Flew Over The Pumpkins – Sarah Meade

Read A Book – Dawn Young

Sun And Moon – Dawn Young

The Itsy Bitsy Scratchy Spider – Bru Benson

Wait For Me – Candace Kubinec

Untitled – Sarah Marhevsky

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring – Sarah Hawklyn

Don’t Row The Boat Please – Linda Schueler

How Much Is That Bicycle In The Window – Mia Geiger

The Itsy Bitsy Tadpoles– Hannah Roy LaGrone

Rock Star Baby Brother – Katie Schwartz

Albert Went Over The Mountain – Deb Buschman

The Itsy Bitsy Spider Is Bored – Brenna Jeanneret

The Just Right Story Book – JC Kelly

PRIZES & PRIZES OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES!

When it comes time for prizes, names of all those who complete the challenge will be drawn randomly and matched with prizes drawn randomly until we run out! 😊

Please join me in thanking these very generous authors and other writing professionals for contributing their books and writing expertise as prizes by visiting their websites and blogs, considering their books and services for gift purchases, rating and/or reviewing their books on GoodReads, Amazone, B&N, or anywhere else if you like them, suggesting them for school visits, and supporting them in any other way you can dream up! 😊

⭐️ Picture Book Critique from Penny Parker Klostermann, the lovely and talented author of THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT (Random House 2015) and A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE (Random House 2017)

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⭐️ 30 Minute Q&A with Penny Klostermann

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⭐️ Picture Book MS Critique from Jen Raudenbush, agented writer of picture books, middle grade, and poetry. (Represented by Natascha Morris of The Tobias Literary Agency)

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⭐️ A copy of Mary Kole’s Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Writers, donated by Nicole Loos Miller

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287 thoughts on “2021 Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Challenge – Week #4

  1. Leslie Degnan says:

    IT’S RAINING! IT’S POURING! (WC: 112) Leslie Degnan
    (It’s raining, It’s pouring, friends should stick together, teddy bear)

    It’s raining, its pouring,
    This camping trip is boring!
    I had a fight with my best friend,
    Who’s fast asleep and snoring!

    The rain doused our campfire,
    Our counselor’s a big liar,
    She promised we’d hike to the top,
    It said so in the flier!

    I’m not good at sleeping,
    I hear things outside creeping,
    I really miss my teddy bear.
    Those frogs won’t stop their peeping!

    I can’t find my flashlight,
    Dark shadows in moonlight,
    A claw is clutching my left arm,
    A voice said, “Are you alright?”

    My best friend’s awake too,
    “I thought maybe I heard you,
    Say you missed your teddy bear.
    You want to hug my Teddy-boo?”

    • Leslie Degnan says:

      Many thanks to all of you for your positive and encouraging words. I had lots of fun with this one!

  2. robincurrie1 says:

    Dreams Inside! (WC 78 words) Robin Currie
    Mulberry Bush, Follow your dreams, Storybook)

    Open up a story book, story book, story book,
    Open up a story book and slip into a dream!
    You can build a faster bike, race a car, mush a sled.
    Open up a story book and pet a dinosaur!
    You can visit India, go to Mars, hula dance.
    Open up a story book and meet another friend
    Have a big adventure now even if you’re “too small.”
    Open up a story book and slip into a dream!

  3. jensubra says:

    Jack and Jill’s New Adventure. (94 words)
    Jack & Jill, It’s important to try new things, map

    Jack and Jill went up the hill,
    but when they reached the top,
    Jill said, “Let’s keep going!”
    But Jack said, “Better stop.”

    “We haven’t got a map, dear Jill.
    We don’t know where we’re going.”
    “Oh Jack, let’s be adventurers!
    There’s such fun in not knowing!”

    “Let’s have a new experience.
    Explore this shady trail.
    To do a thing we’ve never done
    means surely we can’t fail!”

    “I guess you’re right,” Jack said to Jill,
    to try new things is fun.
    But from our last hike up the hill
    we probably shouldn’t run.”

  4. Lauri Meyers says:

    This post is producing lots of fun ideas! Here is one:
    Lauri Meyers
    Row, row
    Trying new things / imagination

    Row row row your tub
    Gently down the hall
    Steadily steadily steadily steadily
    Watch out for the wall

    Row row row your tub
    Swiftly down the stairs
    Bumpity bumpity bumpity bumpity
    Flying through the air

    Row row row your tub
    Dashing out the door
    Happily happily happily happily
    Heading for the shore !

  5. rosecappelli says:

    Charlie’s Search (116 Words)
    (The Bear Went Over the Mountain, If you don’t succeed try again, berries)

    Charlie went over the mountain,
    Charlie went over the mountain,
    Charlie went over the mountain,
    Searching for a friend.

    He found a meadow of insects,
    He found a river with fish.
    He picked a bucket of berries,
    But he didn’t find a friend.

    He tried again the next day,
    And then the day after that.
    He found insects, fish and berries,
    But he didn’t find a friend.

    Then one fine day he saw him –
    A boy with a butterfly net
    Who carried a pole for fishing
    And a bucket on his back.

    They spent the day together
    And then the day after that.
    Charlie was happy he never gave up,
    ‘Cause now he had a friend.

  6. Laura Jensen Bower says:

    Rock a Bye Daisy
    By Laura Bower
    205 words

    (Rock a Bye Baby, Daisy, You don’t have to be big to stand up for yourself/others, If you work together you can solve a problem)

    Rock a bye daisy
    on the hilltop,
    when the wind blows
    the garden will rock.

    When the day ends,
    the sunlight will fall
    and flowers will sleep tight –
    daisy and all.

    Rock a bye daisy
    gently you bloom,
    until the dump trucks
    Come with a BOOM!

    Knocking down tree trunks,
    digging up beds
    of flowers all colors –
    purples to reds.

    From the close houses
    down by the sea,
    comes little Rose
    and friends – 1, 2, 3.

    “Watch what your doing
    on the hilltop!”
    The trucks kept on truckin’ –
    Rose shouted “stop!”

    “You’re hurting the flowers,
    the plants, and the trees!
    Can you build somewhere else?
    Come on? Pretty please?”

    The workers all chuckled,
    “You’re just little girls.
    You should be playing
    with dollies and pearls.”

    Rose and her buddies
    linked arms (in a chain)
    and made a pact
    that they would remain.

    The workers grew tired –
    thrown way off track.
    They promised the girls
    they wouldn’t come back.

    “Woo-hoo we did it!” –
    trucks drove away.
    The girls starting planting
    that very day.

    Up came the flowers,
    the plants and the trees
    Roses and daisies –
    such a sweet breeze.

    Rock a bye daisy
    on the hilltop –
    saved by smart girls
    Who dared to say “stop!”

  7. Jill Lambert says:

    Arachnid at your Service
    By Jill Lambert WC:99
    Options: Eensy Weensy Spider / It’s important to stay true to yourself / map

    I’m a teensy spider creeping ‘round your house.
    Your screaming implies I’m as scary as a mouse.
    A spider’s essential in catching household pests.
    Perhaps you will discover, I am the best of guests.

    My web’s a road map, stretching north and south.
    Each pesky fly’s directed to my mouth.
    I snag mosquitoes and roaches in it, too.
    Arachnid at your service, I’ll banish them for you.

    Ah! It appears my form’s what you despise.
    I am what I am—these fangs just tranquilize.
    Are you convinced my mission’s to assist?
    I’m your hairy helper! Now can’t we coexist?

  8. Erika says:

    The Itsy Bitsy Spider and the Moon
    By Erika Romero

    The itsy bitsy spider was not happy about all this rain.

    “How am I ever going to reach the top of the water spout at this rate?”

    She looked at the bright yellow spout from her hiding spot underneath a fallen coconut. She thought back to the multiple attempts she had already made.

    “Day one, a sudden sun shower. Day two, a hailstorm. And now, day three, an hour long rain experience, just after I finished breakfast.”

    Spider was not happy with this week’s luck, but she wasn’t giving up her goal of the week.

    “The full moon is happening tomorrow and I will not miss looking at it from the best view in the yard.”

    With a look at the many puddles between her and the water spout, Spider made a plan.

    And when the sun came out just as she crawled pass the last puddle standing in her way, Spider smiled and laughed.

    “I guess third time is the charm!”

  9. Erin Cleary (ClearyWriter) says:

    About Our Friends Who Tried to Row a Boat (Perhaps under a Full Moon?)
    By Erin Cleary, 92 words
    [The Itsy Bitsy Spider (with a nod to Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Jack and Jill); try new things, try again; moon?]

    When Jack and Jill went sailing aboard a little boat,
    it was so small that when they tried, they couldn’t make it float.
    They bailed and bailed the water, ‘til Jack slipped and fell down
    And then Jill jumped in to save him so that he wouldn’t drown.

    They climbed back up aboard the boat to have another try
    They gently rowed the vessel, but they could not stay dry.
    “It seems that every time we try, someone takes a spill,
    So the next time we adventure, we’ll stick to climbing hills.”

  10. Lauren Scott - Children's Author (@SpeechieAuthor) says:

    Week 4
    Row, row, row your boat
    If you don’t succeed the first time, try again.

    Try, try, try, your best
    even when its hard
    You can always have some help
    To finish the last yard

    Try, try, try, your best
    Even when you’re slow
    As long as you don’t give up
    You’ll be having a go

    Try, try, try your best
    Even when you fail
    Jump right back on the horse
    And set your course to sail

  11. syorkeviney says:

    Believe In All You Imagine by Sally Yorke-Viney
    ( Based on: The Bear Went Over the Mountain/ What you can achieve if you only believe/moon)

    Believe in sunshine and moonlight.
    Believe that you always do right.
    Believe in all you imagine,
    To be what you can be!

    (chorus)
    To be what you can be,
    To be what you can be,
    Believe in all you imagine!
    Use creativity!

    Believe and you’ll be a maker
    A mover and then a shaker
    Believe in making it happen
    You’re possibility!

    (chorus)
    You’re possibility!
    You’re possibility!
    Believe in making it happen!
    Bring life to what you see.

    Believe and you’ll see your dreams weave,
    A life that only you can achieve!
    Believe in making it happen!
    To be what you can be!

    (chorus)
    To be what you can be,
    Use creativity!
    Believe in all you imagine!
    You’re possibility!

  12. martyfindley says:

    The Itsy Bitsy Puppy By Marty Findley (WC 163)
    Song: The Itsy Bitsy Spider. Theme: Even when you’re bad, you’re still loved! Item: Shoes

    The Itsy Bitsy Puppy

    The itsy bitsy puppy barked the whole night through;
    He kept us all awake; oh no, what shall we do?
    The next day when we all were stumbling out of bed
    The itsy bitsy puppy lay down to rest his head.

    The itsy bitsy puppy chewed up my favorite shoes;
    He left a little present on top of Daddy’s news.
    He ran through all the puddles and when the deed was done
    He scampered through the kitchen and spread his muddy fun.

    The itsy bitsy puppy is naughty as can be;
    He ate my slice of pizza right out from under me!
    He chewed up all my homework and when we came inside
    The itsy bitsy puppy ran away to hide.

    Oh the itsy bitsy puppy is playful and he’s smug;
    Even though he’s waggish he’s cuter than a bug
    And when he runs to meet you it’s so much fun to hug
    That cuddly wiggly puppy that gives your heart a tug!

  13. Elizabeth Meyer Zu Heringdorf says:

    All That Glitters Is Not Gold
    Elizabeth Meyer zu Heringdorf
    WC: 113
    Song: Twinkle, twinkle, little star
    Theme: Just because something looks good doesn’t mean it is

    Twinkle twinkle little star,
    Above the hills and shining,
    I craved that star from here afar
    For days I had been pining!

    I built a ladder to the sky
    To reach the twinkly wonder,
    I worked through snow and sleet on high
    And terrifying thunder!

    I could not really well profess
    The reason for my need
    Perhaps it was the shininess
    Or fire that sparked my greed.

    But as I reached the final stair,
    Prepared to grab my prize,
    I saw then what was really there
    Reflected in the skies.

    There was no star up there to claim
    ‘Twas simple by design
    ‘Twas then I witnessed, to my shame:
    A flashing neon sign.

    • Deborah Agranat Sullivan says:

      Hah! Nice twist in the end, Elizabeth! (and my apologies for posting a comment to another story above…)

  14. Joyce Uglow says:

    Spunky Little Teddy by Joyce Uglow
    (The Itsy Bitsy Spider, It’s important to try new things, Teddy Bear)

    My sticky, sticky teddy went down the laundry chute.
    Down went her socks, and she gave a little hoot.
    Out came the soap to fluff my teddy clean.
    She’s the fuzziest teddy the world’s ever seen.

    My fuzzy, wuzzy teddy went down the muddy path.
    Off went her boots; no thoughts about her bath.
    In went her toes, and the mud squished out between.
    She’s the muddiest teddy the world’s ever seen.

    My very, muddy teddy splashed in the murky pond.
    Down went her head; her hair’s no longer blond.
    Out came the frog, “You are no longer clean!”
    You’re the dirtiest teddy the world’s ever seen.

    My muddy, little buddy went down the laundry chute.
    Down went her socks; and she gave a giant hoot.
    Out came the soap to fluff my buddy clean.
    She’s the spunkiest teddy the world’s ever seen.

  15. marty says:

    FLAP FLAP FLAP THOSE WINGS by Marty Bellis
    (Row Row Row Your Boat, believe in yourself + try try try again, moon)

    Flap, flap, flap those wings.
    It’s time you learned to fly.
    Out of the nest, hop, hop, now jump!
    Keep reaching toward the sky.

    Glide, then pull, then glide again.
    Adjust and feel the air.
    Be patient, keep on practicing.
    Once more. You’re almost there.

    Swoop. Oop. Loop de loop.
    Aim to keep it steady.
    Lift, bobble, soar and dip.
    I think you might be ready.

    Dear baby bird, believe in yourself.
    You were born to fly.
    You have what it takes to do this now.
    Just give it one last try.

    Flap, flap, now off we go.
    Follow me up high.
    Pretend you’re reaching for the moon.
    Stretch those wings. Let’s FLY!

  16. Amy Leskowski says:

    Dress, Dress, Dress for Rain
    By Amy Leskowski
    (Row, Row, Row Your Boat / If you don’t succeed the first time, try again / pink blankie)
    85 words

    Wear, wear, wear your coat.
    It’s windy, cold, and wet.
    Button, snap, or zip it up.
    Please do not forget!

    Wear, wear, wear your boots
    so socks and feet stay dry
    as you shuttle through those muddy puddles,
    letting splashes fly!

    Wear, wear, wear your hat,
    to warm your ears and head.
    Oh, it’s lost and can’t be found?
    Your pink blankie could work instead.

    There, there, there you go.
    You’re dressed to play outside.
    You’re missing underclothes? Uh oh!
    I’m proud, though, that you tried!

  17. Colleen Owen Murphy says:

    So I will try to play catch-up now that the Madness is over and I completed a project on which I was working. Sorry for the abrupt ending, but I had already exceeded the word count!

    Mark and Grace
    (Based on the rhyme scheme of “Jack and Jill.”)

    Mark and Grace
    lived in a place
    where both the parents faltered.
    Because they lacked
    the skills, in fact,
    the children’s fates were altered.

    When Grace was three
    she learned to be
    like fairies in a fable.
    If trouble neared,
    she disappeared
    as much as she was able.

    But when she’d hide
    she felt inside
    an aching for her brother
    who must succumb
    to actions from
    their father or their mother.

    The tried to band
    to understand
    the cause for their conditions,
    but how were youth
    to know the truth
    of elders’ dispositions?

    When Grace turned four,
    she said, “No more.”
    Her parents never heeded.
    So Mark grew bold.
    The folks he told
    believed and interceded.

  18. savoringeverymoment says:

    I LOVE SHOPPING WITH MY MOM
    By Sara Kruger
    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star/Just because it looks good doesn’t mean it is/blackberries

    I love shopping with my mom
    Especially when summer’s on
    That’s when fruit is super sweet
    We want nothing else to eat.
    We buy berries for our jam,
    Straw, and black and all we can.

    Buy your fruit at other times
    You might get a big surprise
    Though it looks so ripe and good
    If it’s traveled far it could
    Have no flavor or taste bad.
    You want to avoid all that.

    And be careful where you shop.
    Grocery stores can be a flop.
    Pick your own–that’s always best.
    Farmer’s markets pass the test.
    Then enjoy what you have found.
    Share the love and pass around.

  19. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    POSTED FOR ALY

    Oh Where, Oh Where has my Pet Spider Gone
    by Aly Kenna
    Oh Where, Oh Where has my Little Dog Gone/If you don’t succeed the first time, try again/moon
    (98 words)

    Oh, where, oh, where
    has my pet spider gone?
    Oh, where, oh, where
    can he be?

    With his big beefy legs
    and his eight googly eyes
    Oh, where, oh where
    can he be?

    Last night he snuck out
    when the big moon was full
    I did not notice him go.

    In the morning my dad
    grew a thick black moustache
    I thought he looked rather cool.

    But my mother freaked out,
    ran out of the house
    I still don’t understand why.

    If he doesn’t come back
    I’ll ask for a snake.
    Oh where, oh where can he be?

  20. Ashley Sierra (@AshleySierra06) says:

    Where, Oh Where Has My Story Book Gone?
    by Ashley Sierra
    Word Count: 117
    Song: Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
    Theme: If you don’t succeed the first time, try again.
    Important Word: Story book

    Where, oh where has my story book gone?
    Oh where, oh where could it be?
    Maybe . . .
    I left it near the tree
    after reading with Mommy.
    Let me see. 
    Nope, empty. 
    Where, oh where has my story book gone?
    Oh where, oh where could it be?
    Maybe . . .
    I left it with the tea
    I drank with Daddy.
    Let me see. 
    Nope, empty. 
    Where, oh where has my story book gone?
    Oh where, oh where could it be?
    Maybe . . .
    I know WHERE it could be!
    I drank so much TEA,
    I had to . . . brush my teeth. (I can’t have tea stains on my teeth.)
    Let me see.
    Oh THERE, oh THERE is my story book on . . . the potty. 

  21. Jill Lambert says:

    A creative twist on the Where oh Where song that would appeal to book lovers everywhere! Terrific work coming up with all the -ee/-y rhymes, Ashley! I love the line I had to…brush my teeth followed by finding the book on the potty! Hilarious!

  22. Bevin Rolfs Spencer says:

    Ninja, Ninja, Little Sneak
    By, Bevin Rolfs Spencer
    (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star/Even when you’re bad you’re still loved) 120 words

    Ninja, Ninja, little sneak,
    Silent mission, tip-toe, creep!
    Down below the kitchen stairs,
    Silly parents, unawares!

    Ninja, Ninja, little sneak,
    To the cookie jar you streak.
    Up above the fridge so high,
    Like a treasure in the sky.

    Ninja, Ninja, fast and sly,
    On her skills she will rely!
    Monster, chocolate, marshmallow goo
    Too many choices, seconds few!

    Ninja, Ninja, on a chair,
    Hair stands up, feels a glare.
    Uh-oh! Caught with hand in jar–
    “Naughty Ninja, you’ve gone too far!”

    Ninja, Ninja, back to bed,
    Blankie mask around her head.
    “But Teddy needs a bedtime snack!
    Beasties, dragons might attack!”

    Ninja, Ninja, little sneak,
    Daddy kisses on her cheek.
    “You’re a wonder, brave and true.
    Even naughty, we love you.”

  23. ashleybpedigo says:

    Jack and Jill Revisit Their Hill
    (Jack and Jill, if at first you don’t succeed…, storybook)
    -Ashley B Pedigo

    Jack and Jill
    Went up the hill
    To fetch a pail of water
    Jack fell down
    And broke his crown
    And Jill—

    Jack turned and looked at Jill from the bottom of the hill. “HEY! My crown? I don’t want to break anything.”

    “But Jack,” said Jill. “You have to break something, that’s how the rhyme goes.”

    “What about…

    Jack and Jill
    Went up the hill
    To fetch a pail of water
    Jack fell down
    And broke his CRAYON
    And Jill came tumbling after?

    That’s better right?”

    Jill crossed her arms. Now she was at the bottom of the hill. “Excuse me? You break a crayon and I fall all the way down the side of a hill? I don’t think so. How about…
    Jack and Jill
    Went up the hill
    To fetch a pail of water
    Jack fell down
    And broke his CRAYON
    And Jill looked on in LAUGHTER.”

    “But Jill— laughter doesn’t rhyme with water.”

    “But neither does after. Laughter rhymes with after. They make the same amount of sense.”

    Jack held his broken crayon in his fist. “I don’t know if I want a pail of water anyway. What if instead we tried…

    Jack and Jill
    Went up the hill
    To fetch some LEMONADE
    Jack fell down
    And broke his crayon—“

    “While Jill enjoyed hers in the shade!” Jill finished, sipping her lemonade through a straw.
    Jack held up a second broken crayon. “I’m going to run out of crayons.”
    “How would we get lemonade at the top of the hill? Nothing up there but that old well. Instead it should be—

    Jack and Jill
    Went up the hill
    With a basket and cold lemonade
    No one fell down
    Breaking crayons or crowns
    Oh, what a fine picnic they’d made!”

    “Jill? I like they way you think.”

    “Well..
    If your storybook ending doesn’t quite go your way,
    editing, my friend, will save the day!”

  24. sunflowerscribe says:

    Jo and Flo
    By
    Christine Alemshah
    [WC: 79]
    [Jack and Jill/If you work together you can solve a problem]

    Jo and Flo,
    Went up the tree,
    To fetch a juicy mango,
    Jo fell asleep and fell in a heap,
    And Flo came tumbling after.

    Jo woke up, and up did climb,
    As fast as claws would take him,
    Flo gave a boost, on shoulders did roost
    To tango towards that mango.

    Jo and Flo,
    Went up the tree,
    To fetch a juicy mango — MUNCH! MUNCH!
    Jo fell asleep and fell in a heap,
    And Flo came tumbling after.

  25. Elenore Byrne says:

    Little Lilly’s Blunder
    Elenore Byrne
    WC 113
    Song: The Itsy-Bitsy Spider; Theme: Even when you’re bad, you’re still loved; Important Item: Teddy bear

    Little Lilly’s blunder
    Filled up her head with doubt;
    Down came her mood
    And wrapped her in a pout;
    Up in her room
    Her tears fell down like rain;
    Because Little Lilly’s blunder
    Kept playing in her brain.

    Little Lilly’s blunder
    It lingered in the air;
    Down came her arms
    And hugged her Teddy bear;
    In came her mum
    Who washed away the doubt;
    So then Little Lilly’s blunder
    Started to fade out.

    Little Lilly’s blunder
    Felt smaller once she shared;
    When she recalled
    That lots of people cared;
    Out walked her mood
    And Lilly went to play;
    Because Little Lilly’s blunder
    Was over for the day.

  26. Sue Lancaster says:

    Ride, Ride, Ride My Bike
    (89 words, Row, Row, Row Your Boat and If you don’t succeed the first time, try again)

    Ride, ride, ride my bike,
    Slowly down the yard,
    Shakily, shakily, shakily, shakily,
    Riding bikes is hard.

    Ride, ride, ride my bike,
    Weakly down the trail,
    Wobbly, wobbly, wobbly, wobbly,
    Surely set to fail.

    Ride, ride, ride my bike,
    Calmly down the way,
    Steadily, steadily, steadily, steadily,
    Keep my nerves at bay.

    Ride, ride, ride my bike,
    Soundly down the street,
    Happily, happily, happily, happily,
    Think I’ve found my feet.

    Ride, ride, ride my bike,
    Swiftly down the lane,
    If at first you don’t succeed,
    Try and try again!

  27. Deborah Agranat Sullivan says:

    Friends for Life
    by Deb Sullivan
    93 Words
    Song: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
    Theme: Friends should always stick together
    Important Item: Blackberries

    Twinkle, twinkle Sarah Ash
    Stay away from my sweet stash.

    I picked berries all day long
    Taking mine would be so wrong.

    Find your own treats, eat them all
    Firm or juicy, big or small.

    Ooh, you’ve gathered quite a spread
    Ice cream, brownies, cheesecake bread.

    Those look yummy, can we share?
    Bite for bite, that’s only fair.

    Blackberries are lumpy fun
    Take one, chew it, then you’re done.

    Sure, I’ll try that powdered square
    Then the fudge ball over there.

    Cut that cookie with a knife,
    Mmm, that’s tasty, friends for life!

  28. lynjekowsky says:

    Fireflies
    By Lyn Jekowsky

    (wc 96, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,
    It’s important to stay true to yourself)

    Sparkle, glimmer tiny lights
    lighting up my backyard night.
    Swirling, twirling fireflies,
    blinking, flying toward the sky.
    Sparkle, glimmer tiny lights,
    lighting up my backyard night.

    One dark night the sparkle stopped,
    No lights below or over top.
    No soft whir of tiny wings.
    No firefly shine on anything.
    One dark night the sparkle stopped,
    No twinkle on the night’s dew drops

    Sparkle, glimmer tiny lights,
    Return to light my backyard night.
    Please be who you truly are,
    not a cloud or a star.
    The world will be a better place,
    shine your light on every face.

  29. Marta Cutler says:

    Wow – this one was super challenging but as always so, so fun! Try as I might, the story just refused to fit into 100 words! Next time! 🙂

    The Rescue
    By Marta Cutler
    (Itsy Bitsy Spider / Friends should stick together and If you work together you can solve a problem / Moon)

    The itsy bitsy Monster climbed up the tower wall
    Dragon right behind him to catch him should he fall
    Out came the moon to guide them on their way
    Two brave friends together with dreams of faraway.

    Above them on the tower top was caught a little star
    That itsy bitsy Monster had spotted from afar
    Lost and all alone its starlight trembled in the night
    But two brave friends were on their way with plans to put things right

    Inch by inch they climbed until they reached the tower top
    Though he shook with fear Monster knew he couldn’t stop
    He gently lifted off that star and climbed on dragon’s wing
    And as they flew out in the night the star began to sing

    “Mother Moon don’t worry, I’m on my way back home
    I’ve learned my lesson well – no farther shall I roam”
    Then two brave friends did wave goodbye and turned their sites to bed
    Dreams of sleep and stars and moons dancing in their head

  30. Allison Strick (she/her) (@byallisonstrick) says:

    BEAR’S FRESH START
    By Allison Strick
    100 words
    The Bear Went Over the Mountain / Even when you’re bad, you’re still loved

    ——

    Sob. I blew it.

    I ate Rabbit’s strawberries. “Bear!!!”

    Hey, hunger called.

    Stomped through Fox’s ceiling. “Help!!”

    Ooops. I’m a growing bear!

    And left a pile of you-know-what under Bluebird’s tree. “P. U!”

    When you gotta go, you gotta go.

    So over the mountain I go.

    What will I see? New friends. Or maybe no one at all to annoy. A fresh start!

    Sniffle.

    Just a few…

    more….

    steps!

    And I see….

    Rabbit! “Where are you off to, Bear?”

    Fox! “You weren’t leaving without us, were you?”

    Bluebird! “It’s beautiful here!”

    It is, isn’t it?

    Sigh.

    A fresh start…together.

  31. susaninez0905 says:

    ROCK A BYE ZOMBIE
    BY: Susan Summers
    WC:94
    Rock A Bye Baby, Even When You’re Bad You’re Still Loved, ‘DEAD’-y [teddy]

    Rock-A-Bye Zombie
    In the soft bed
    Can’t fall asleep
    KER-PLOP! Goes her head.
    It’s rolling towards Dad.
    With a sigh and groan.
    “I’m sorry Dad,” she says with a moan.

    “Oh, my sweet Zombie,
    get back to bed.
    Daddy still loves you,
    don’t lose your head.
    I know you are sorry,
    that you were bad.
    You’ll do better tomorrow.
    Come hug your dad.”

    Little green zombie
    rolls back to bed.
    Snuggles with deady
    in her soft bed.
    Soon she is snoring,
    KER- PLOP! Go her toes.
    In the morning she’ll have
    quite different woes!

  32. seschipper says:

    It’s Raining, It’s Pouring If you work together you can solve a Problem Pink Blankie
    WC 82

    Rainy Day Problem… Solvers
    By Susan Schipper

    It’s raining, it’s pouring our day is oh quite boring
    We want to go out, have some fun and maybe do some exploring!

    Mommy said we need to stay inside instead
    Now we have a problem!
    But we can work together in spite of the weather
    Let’s see what we can do!

    Let’s build a tent, pretend we’re outside
    We’ll see what we can find
    Oh here’s the Pink Blankie, some tape and two chairs
    We will have the best tent anywhere!

    • Leslie Degnan says:

      As a kid I always loved making tents from sheets and blanket on an indoor play day. Love this ending!

  33. Jeannette Suhr says:

    To Grandmother’s House We Go
    Row, Row, Row Your Boat; it’s important to try new things; map
    Jeannette Suhr w/c 117

    Row, row, row our boat.
    Everyone sit still.
    Let’s not rock or twist or turn.
    Everyone just chill.

    Row, row, row our boat.
    Everyone gets a turn.
    Let’s remember all our lessons.
    Isn’t it fun to learn?

    Row, row, row our boat.
    Let’s explore the river.
    The map will help us stay on course.
    We have gifts to deliver.

    Row, row, row our boat.
    Grandma’s house is near.
    She’ll have lunch, dessert and drink.
    She’ll be surprised when we appear.

    Row, row, row our boat.
    Grandma thinks we’re driving.
    Her eyes will pop, her mouth will drop.
    When she sees us arriving.

    No horn to toot.
    No smelly fumes.
    Just us in our boat.
    And swimming costumes.

  34. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    POSTED FOR DIANNE

    It’s raining, it’s pouring.
    By Dianne Irving
    Map
    If you, don’t succeed the first time, try again.

    It’s raining, it’s pouring;
    This treasure map is boring.
    He decided to go and he
    Found it slow.
    And found nothing at all by morning.

    It’s raining, it’s pouring;
    This treasure map is boring.
    He went again and he
    Brought a friend.
    And they couldn’t get over the walking.

    It’s raining, it’s pouring;
    This treasure map is boring.
    They decided to run and he
    Thought it fun.
    And despite the weather,
    found his treasure all by the morning.

  35. Michelle S. Kennedy (@MichelleSKenned) says:

    (To the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star / If you don’t succeed the first time, try again / Teddy Bear)

    TINKLE, TINKLE, POTTY STRESS! (WC 116)
    By Michelle S. Kennedy

    Tinkle, Tinkle, potty stress!
    Toilet time. I lift my dress.
    Sometimes when I cannot go
    singing helps to make things flow…

    Tinkle, Tinkle, potty stress!
    Sit and wait, but I digress.
    Mommy says to stop my cryin’.
    I’ll succeed if I keep tryin’…

    Tinkle, tinkle potty stress!
    Will I go? My hope is— yes.
    Teddy’s here. I’m not alone.
    Cheering me, while on my throne…

    Tinkle, Tinkle, potty stress!
    Trying’s hard. I must confess.
    Wiggle-wriggle, can’t sit still…
    LOOK! (A Poopsie!) Such a thrill!

    Tinkle, Tinkle, potty stress!
    Oopsie. I have made a mess.
    Toilet paper’s on the floor.
    (At least I flushed) I’ll close door…

    Tinkle, Tinkle, potty stress!
    Glad I’m done— Bathroom success!

  36. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    POSTED FOR ISABEL

    Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
    By Isabel Cruz Rodriguez
    WC: 55 Words – Song: Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
    Theme: If you don’t succeed the first time, try again – Item: Teddy bear

    Where, oh where has my little dog gone?
    He left the suds in a rush.
    I tried and tried without success
    To catch the tiny, soiled mess.
    He slipped so quickly between my hands
    I continued to search in despair
    Then I heard something plop in the sudsy tub
    And found a wet teddy bear!

  37. Padgy Soltis (@PadgySoltis) says:

    Use Your Map
    By Padgy Soltis
    Word count: 57
    Row, Row, Row Your Boat; Friends should always stick together; Map

    Use, use, use, your map
    Let it guide your way
    Together, together, together, together 
    Laugh and play all day 

    Use, use, use, your map
    Don’t stay out too late
    Together, together, together, together 
    Stay with your best mate 

    Use, use, use your map
    Stars light up the moon
    Together, together, together, together
    Find the way back soon 

    • Deborah Agranat Sullivan says:

      I like the image of friends finding their way together….and in less than 60 words? Well done!

  38. Renner Writes (@barbararenner) says:

    Better late than never. This challenge was hard.

    THE DAISY
    Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill
    If you work together you can solve a problem
    Daisy
    Word Count: 96

    Jack and Jill went up the hill
    To fetch a daisy to pick for Mum
    They searched and searched along the path
    For yellow or pink or plum

    Just then . . .

    Jill and Jack heard one big crack
    A branch fell down, and it blocked their way
    They pushed and shoved and heaved the stick
    Until it just finally rolled away

    And then . . .

    Jack and Jill came down the hill
    Their prize was pretty, it made Mum smile
    A bud for Mum shows love and care
    For effort the two tykes shared.

  39. Marta Cutler says:

    Oopsy Daisy!
    By Marta Cutler
    (Row Row Row Your Boat / Even when you’re bad, you’re still loved / Daisy)
    85 words

    Splish splash wash the plates
    I’m going around the bend
    Clinking and clattering, crashing and rattling
    Will it never end?

    Splish splash toss the suds
    Now this is way more fun!
    Bubbly, wubbly, chubbily shapes
    Down the wall they run

    Splosh splish I hit the cat!
    Oh dear, what have I done!
    Hissing and spitting, yowling and howling
    Daisy’s on the run!

    Sploosh splosh mop it up
    Towel off the cat
    Purring and rubbing, still mewing and loving
    But a scratch as tit for tat!

  40. Nicole Loos Miller says:

    (Song: Twinkle, twinkle, little star, Theme: Just because it’s looks good doesn’t mean it is)

    YUMMY, YUMMY, LITTLE PIE
    By Nicole Loos Miller (29 words)

    Yummy, yummy, little pie!
    Who would leave you all alone?
    Chocolate, gooey, scrumptious pie.
    One big scoop and open wide,
    Yucky! Yucky! Little pie!
    Squishy, wormy, gloopy…MUD!

  41. Sarah Meade says:

    THE BAT FLEW OVER THE PUMPKINS

    By Sarah Meade

    Word Count: 111

    (The Bear Went Over the Mountain & If you don’t succeed the first time, try again)

    Every day in October…
    The bat flew over the pumpkins,
    The bat flew over the pumpkins,
    The bat flew over the pumpkins,
    To see what she could see.

    The other sides of the pumpkins,
    The other sides of the pumpkins,
    The other sides of the pumpkins,
    Were all that she could see!
    Boo.

    Then….
    On the last night of October:
    The bat flew over the pumpkins,
    The bat flew over the pumpkins,
    The bat flew over the pumpkins,
    To see what she could see.

    The scary sides of the pumpkins,
    The scary sides of the pumpkins,
    The scary sides of the pumpkins,
    Were all that she could see!
    Yippee!

    Happy Halloween!

  42. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    POSTED FOR DAWN

    Row-Row-Row Your Boat / If you don’t succeed try again / story book
    38 words

    READ A BOOK
    By Dawn Young

    Read-Read-Read a book,
    fluent as can be.
    Happily-happily-happily-happily!
    Story books are the key.

    Try-try-try again,
    If you don’t succeed.
    Ask a friend for a little help.
    That is all you’ll need!

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