Writing Picture Books

SUSANNA HILL’S 2020 HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST

Rules of the contest: write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children, using the words skeleton, creep, and mask. Here is my entry:

A BONE-TASTIC HALLOWEEN!
by Lori Himmel
100-words (exactly!)

Spiders creep as the sky shifts to black.
Ghost hovers over the lawn and calls for Skeleton,
“Rise up bones! Time to rattle and quake!”
“Let’s go, Humerus and Tibia!”
CLATTER! CLANK!

Vertebra stacks bone-to-bone along the grass.
CRACKLE! CREAK!

Shoulder Bone squares up below Clavicle.
Pelvis wobbles into place.
PLUNK!

Patella clicks.
Tarsal shimmies down to the foot.
“Nice job!” shouts Ghost.

“Almost complete! But where is Skull?”
Ghost looks everywhere!
Finally, Spike sprints to the lawn wearing Skull as a mask.

“You silly dog!”
Spike shakes and Skull rolls into place.
CHATTER! PLOP!

“Oooo! It’s a bone-tastic Halloween!”

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