A fun morning spent working with my sons on stories. We used Pat Flynn‘s new creative writing book for kids, My Totally Awesome Story as a jumping-off point. It’s an original take on a writing book with exercises completed by a reluctant writer, Duane, telling stories of his adventures with his best friend, Meatball.
Duane is constantly undermining and challenging his very patient teacher. She sets the writing exercises and makes comments throughout on Duane’s humorous adventures through motorbikes, football and first love. The comedy takes the edge off the worthiness of a creative writing book, so it makes for the best kind of teaching / learning.
I managed to freewrite the beginning of a story for the second My Life & Other Stuff I Made Up book, too. So good results all around. (Thanks Pat.)
And here’s a Lego-fied ‘live-action’ illustration for my six-year-old guy’s freewritten story about the farmer with the very, very, very fat cow.