They say we all have a story inside us. This piece of writing is inspired by a friend’s ‘inside story’ for a young children’s picture book, using a creative writing exercise to get it started.
The exercise is to list A-Z, and brainstorm a word for each letter, in relation to the theme. My friend’s theme was a mouse, cat and an owl, having adventures travelling the world.
Here is the beginning of what I came up…
WHERE IN THE WORLD NEXT?
Three best friends were going on an adventure, all around the world.
“But I’ll be scared,” said Milly Mouse.
“I’ll miss home,” said Christian Cat.
“I won’t understand them,” said Oliver Owl.
“Twinkle twinkle little star,
You will always be in my heart
All around the world you’ll fly
Life’s great wonders travelling by
Twinkle twinkle little star
Go and have adventures far”
Sang three mothers, waving their little ones goodbye.
And they were right. In Tokyo, Japan, hundreds and thousands of lights really did twinkle like little stars! They were everywhere, and shone all night and even during the day, in all sorts of brilliant colours and shapes. Milly, Christian and Oliver felt like they were in a jungle, where the lights were the leaves, and the tall city buildings were the trees. “Wow!” said the friends.
Milly, Christian and Oliver decided to have something to eat. A very beautiful lady with a white face, red lips and large black hair, brought out a funny looking puzzle on a plate. She gave them some sticks. They looked at the puzzle, puzzled. “Sushi,” said the beautiful lady, bowing low. She showed them how to pick up the puzzle pieces with the sticks. And they weren’t puzzle pieces at all! They were delicious rice and fish and vegetables wrapped into tight seaweed soldiers. “Yum!” said the friends.
They decided to take the train. In Japan the train is called a Bullet Train, because has a long pointed nose at the front and it flies along the tracks as fast as a speeding bullet. (In fact, it goes four times faster than your daddy drives!) Milly, Christian and Oliver laughed at how the fast speed made their faces wobble into funny patterns. “Cool!” said the friends.
The three friends didn’t want to leave their adventures in Japan.
“Japan was safe and fun!” said Milly Mouse
“Trains don’t go that fast at home!” said Christian Cat
“Konnichiwa!” said Oliver Owl.
Then it was time to go to the next county on their adventure.
The engines on the plane go vroom vroom, vroom,
Will they take us to the moon, moon, moon?
The engines on the plane go power, power, power
Or will it be the Eiffel Tower, Tower, Tower, Tower?
The engines on the plane go vroom, vroom, vroom,
All flight long.
Sang the three friends, waving hello to Paris, France.
© Felicity Lenehan 2015