Monday, December 7, 2015

Cookin' Up the Holiday Kid-style for Susanna Leonard Hill's Holiday contest!

     Susanna Leonard Hill is an amazing author. And not just for the books she writes, although those are great!
     She hosts a Friday picture book review where bloggers link their recommendations on her website. By participating in this I have become a critical picture book reader, and by reading all of the other blog posts, learned about a lot of great titles I might otherwise have missed.
     She hosts fun contests throughout the year. Writing to her prompts always puts a smile on my face.
     She teaches a FANTASTIC online course--Making Picture Book Magic--with interactive lessons.
     To make a long story short--she builds a community. So, a huge year-end thank you, Susanna.
    
     Sure, this time of year is busy. But I found myself writing story after story from this year's prompt. Perhaps blame it on Tara Lazar's piboidmo idea generation frenzy? Whatever. It's been a fun month. I may post more for you to enjoy.
For this one, I encourage you to sing along!


Cookin’ Up the Holiday Kid-style (apologies to Johnny Marks & Brenda Lee)
120 words (woot!) 
From our house to you!

Gatherin’ up ingredients
on a well-worn countertop.
Mom and Dad sick, no cookies made
for when Santa makes his stop.

Gatherin’ up ingredients,
clouds of flour fill the air.
Rolling pins race
to smooth the dough
and sprinkles spill everywhere.

Santa better have an iron stomach, if he hears voice’s yelling
“Wipe that booger! Cripes, we forgot to add sugar!”

Gatherin’ up ingredients
someone asks “do you smell smoke?”
Sticky fingers grab oven mitts,
everyone tries not to choke.

Santa better have an iron stomach, if he hears voice’s yelling
“Wipe that booger! Cripes, we forgot to add sugar!”

Gatherin’ up ingredients
Rush to beat the bed time call.
Santa’s note reads, “perhaps reindeer feed?”
Merry Christmas one and all!


    I won't be reading the other entries until after I decide whether to post any of my others, but I look forward to enjoying all of them eventually!
Thanks for stopping by to read. Hope it put a holiday smile on your face. :)

25 comments:

  1. Wendy, love your story (mine's about cooking, too - see Susanna's contest page). Love how the kids do it all and enjoyed your humorous refrains. It did put a smile on my face.

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    1. Now you've got me hungry to read the others!

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  2. That is so cute. The refrain is my favorite.

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    1. Glad you like it! I've been singing it in my head for days now.

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  4. LOVE IT! The children are a hoot! I used the song's beat for my entry too. Happy writing!

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    1. I don't usually sing this particular holiday song--but it's beat has me hooked now. Will be over to "sing" yours shortly. :)

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  5. Yes, it did put a holiday smile on my face. Good job! I love the line, "Do you smell smoke?" :)

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    1. Ha! That line comes from experience.

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  6. If the reindeer won't even eat em'... What a fun, laugh-out-loud story.

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    1. The reindeer's picky palate is often overlooked (lol)

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  7. Charming! I especially love the chorus and the impressively low word count. Very nice!

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn. It is my lowest ever!

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  8. Now I want some cookies sans boogers. Great story.

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    1. Can we ever be sure? (now that's good for a holiday diet!)

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  9. This one made me laugh. The refrain is hilarious!

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    1. Thanks, Gabi! Appreciate the good vibes.

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  10. Too funny - and cute :) Enjoyed it :)

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    1. Thanks, Joanne! I hope I get to read everyone else's soon. Why are the holidays so busy!

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  11. I've been reading through some of the entries, and so far this one is one of my favourites. I had a good chuckle at the booger line!

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  12. This is delightful and funny, Wendy! I love it! Perhaps reindeer feed! :) Happy Holidays and thanks so much for joining in the contest fun, and for all your kind words about me and my humble offerings at the beginning... you should be on my payroll :) <3

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    1. Ha! I wish I was at your table! Yummy gingerbread smells waft from the computer . . .

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