Ms. Linahan’s Llamas

Ms. LInahan’s llamas (fourth-graders at Baldwin Elementary School) shared a love for collaborative writing and group storytelling that spilled over into irrepressible exchanges of themes and ideas. Our writing time together was book-ended with on-the-rug sharing circles, with each student volunteering connections and interpretations of each other’s work, collaborating to create an inspiring environment for learning and writing.

Emily Beyda
Badgerdog Teaching Artist


My Pet Onion

I’m an onion, but I’m a baller, and I’m officially King Gangster Onion. Last week was awesome. I drank some orange juice and turned into a gangster and ate the MLG Pickle. Now I’m totally rich, and I eat Dorittos and drink Mountain Dew. When I was young, I always wanted to be a white apple, but I never was. I don’t have any parents. I mean, I come from a green thing, but I call him Green Thing, not Dad. My home was a complete mess considering it’s me. So, yeah. That’s me.

Connor Howard


New Friends

One day, there was a purple fluffy unicorn named Jackie. She had no friends and was very lonely. All she wanted was a friend. Jackie had nothing to do and no siblings or friends to play with. She sat in her backyard staring at the side fence. She had been sitting there an awfully long time and her legs started to cramp. She hated getting leg cramps and decided to walk around. That’s when she heard voices. She went inside and found her mom talking to AJ. AJ was a girl in Jackie’s class at school. AJ had seen Jackie walk in and looked to see what was going on. Jackie slowly walked to the door and asked AJ, “Would you like to come and play?” Jackie held her breath as AJ opened her mouth to speak. “Sure,” AJ replied. Jackie was so happy. They went outside and played soccer. When they were done, they were very thirsty. They went to the fridge to get some Gatorade. When they looked in the fridge, they were disappointed. Jackie was afraid AJ would think it was strange she didn’t have anything to drink. That’s when she heard her dad’s booming voice. “I’m home!” He walked through the door holding grocery bags. Right when he placed the bags down, Jackie tore through them. She found Gatorade at the bottom of the first bag. She yanked it out and tore two groceries from the box. She brought the box upstairs in case they were still thirsty. And then they drank all the Gatorade they wanted.

Ben Tillisch


The Kitten

One day, I got my first kitten. I looked at her fluffy white fur. I lightly felt her soft white fur, and then I heard my oven ring. Ding! The cookies were ready! I tasted the gooey chocolate, and the cookie was wonderful. I smelled the delicious cookie with it’s cookie dough smell. I gobbled it up. It tasted so good. But now I regret eating it so fast!

Lily Ruxer


Billy and the Man Eating Fish

One day, Billy was fishing, hoping to catch a fish quickly because he knew the FBI would be there soon. When he felt a tug, he pulled the line and a fish popped up and almost ate him. He kept the fish as a pet, and as soon as he got in his car, the cops came after him. He wasn’t looking where he was going and crashed the car that the cops were using. The fish got so big, it ate Billy and only his head was left. Then the fish ate three more heads belonging to the cops.

Reiser Johnson


The Penguin

There was once a penguin who really loved ketchup and mustard, and he really wanted some of both, but on the way to the store there was a giant human mouth. Every time he went to this store, the human mouth would scare the penguin away, which is why the penguin never had ketchup and mustard again and he lived badly ever after!

Neha Gundubogula


Answer That Question

“Welcome back to ‘Answer That Question!’ We are interviewing Mr. Giant Butt. The first question is, What is your biggest secret?”

“I can actually talk!”

“MY GOD, a talking butt! What a freak show! Next question: What is your greatest fear?”


“What do you want the most?”

“A wife.”

“LOL, he’s forever alone. What was a special day in your life?”

“I’ve never had one.”

“Who is the most important person in your life?”

“I told you, I’m forever alone!”

Kevin Howard


Sparrow and Robin

“Tweet!” Robin chirped. “I want an owner!”

“Oh be quiet,” Sparrow chirped. “We’re wild birds. None of us are getting homes.”

The two friends, Robin and Sparrow, were having an argument over whether they would have owners soon or not. “No!” Sparrow kept saying after Robin asked over and over if they would get homes soon.

What they didn’t know was that under the tree there was a guy named Wallace who desperately wanted a bird. The only problem was that his girlfriend was totally against it.

“No! We are not having another pet in this house ever again! I can’t stand the fur and business they leave all over the place,” she had screamed in Wallace’s face.

“Tweet!” Robin suddenly called. “There’s a sad guy down there!”

“That doesn’t mean he wants us,” Sparrow chirped.

“Birdies!” Wallace cried.

“See…?” Robin snapped.

“Okay, okay. You win!” Sparrow cried as she fluttered down to Wallace. Robin followed.

“I think I’ll call you Hansel and Gretel. No, Salt and Pepper. No, Paul McCartney and Britney Spears. No, John and Lucy. No…” Wallace rambled on about picking names.

“I’m breaking up with you!” Wallace’s girlfriend screamed when she saw Robin and Sparrow.

“Sasha, wait!”

Sasha softened. “We can keep them,” she cried.

“Oh, thank you!” Wallace screamed happily. And they lived happily ever after with the two birds.

Sofia Colaluca


Magic 8 Ball, Yes!

Mr. Burger wanted a pet penguin. But Mr. Burger lived in Egypt, so he booked a flight to Antarctica. When he got there, he was really cold. He saw a house, but he realized it was a council of penguins. They didn’t like burgers, so the council had Mr. Burger ARRESTED FOR MURDER! But a penguin lawyer fought for him, so Mr. Burger was FREE! But then Mr. Burger went back to Egypt with his friend Connor, who went to Antarctica to study sea lions. Everyone was happy!

Bo Wang


Agent Tyler

Hey! Sup? I’m agent Tyler. What I usually do is stop bank robbers and throw them out the window, take down monsters, send bad weather out of the area–you get the point, right? Well, as an agent, I’m really famous. I have about a quadrillion dollars. I can do whatever I want, and I pretty much like wearing sunglasses almost everywhere just for fun.

Tyler Kampton


The Pig Who Went to Candyland

One day, there was a pig who wanted candy, so he traveled all the way to Candyland to get some and take it to his home. When he got there, a dragon tried to eat him and bake him with fire breath. The pig ate some candy and started to run away, and the dragon chased him all the way home and caught his house on fire. The pig was hiding from the dragon under the bed, and he stayed there until the dragon left. Then the pig came out, but his house was destroyed. When he checked his hands, he still had some candy. He ate his candy, and then he fell asleep because he realized it was his bedtime.



The Shadow

Once, there was a boy who was secretly a shadow. All he wanted to be was a normal human being, but healthy food got in the way. He loved healthy food, but every time he ate something healthy, the power of his shadow grew stronger. His parents fed him celery and chicken almost every day. If he wasn’t eating celery and chicken, he was eating broccoli and steak. What the boy didn’t know was that if he ate more and more healthy food, he would become evil! The poor boy couldn’t eat lunch at school because he didn’t want his friends to know he was a shadow.

One day, when he got home from school, he ran to his room. He heard whispering. The shadow was talking to him. “Beware, beware,” the shadow howled.

The boy threw himself on his bed. “Your soul, your soul,” The shadow howled again. Soon after, the boy got dizzy. All he could see was the shadow. The shadow took over his personality.  The boy was under the control of the shadow. The shadow took the boy to the cemetery and pushed him into the cabinet of souls. The shadow won.

Kinda N.



My name is Sprinkles. I live in Unicornlandia. I am going to Cookie College. My roommate is Nyan Cat. She always poops sprinkles, which I find offensive, because my name is Sprinkles! A couple of years ago, my parents, Mr. Donut and Mrs. Pegisi, got killed because of Donald Trump and Barney. Hey, those were the only things on TV! So me, and my brother Watermelon, moved in with Aunt Pineapple. I don’t like her. Her puppy tried to kill me once.

Georgia Schmitt


Nubby’s Life

My name is Nubby. As you can tell, my humor is stiff. Get it? Because… I’m a pebble? Get it? Wow, tough crowd. In school, no one notices me. I mean, who wouldn’t notice a small brown pebble in the school yard? Also, people literally just run over me to play football. Literally! Because they’re ungrateful humans. It’s the same at home. Sleep, wake up, get run over, sleep. (And pebbles DO NOT eat, so DON’T ask.) So, I’m just a pebble push-over. My home is next to other stinking dirt. Geez. My life stinks once you think about it!

Joopsy Addison


The Crazy Frog

One day, there was a cute little frog named Chase. He loved to play with a lily pad and rainbow. He liked to jump on the rainbow. On stormy nights, a big rain cloud rolled through the sky! When it was gone, the frog said NOOOOOOOO! all over the swamp. Then he became a night frog. Then it was it time to fight the cloud. He had to do it. To be continued…



The Lonely Cat

Once upon a time, there was a cat that didn’t have an owner, and the people who took care of her, well, they were mean to her. One night, she woke up and she saw a diamond. Something came out of the diamond, and it was an owner the cat wanted. The owner said to her, “Will you be my cat?” The cat thought and thought and she said, “Yes!” The cat ran away with her new owner, and the next morning the mean people who used to take care of the cat were looking for her. The mean people got mad and they were like, “NOOOOOOO!” The cat heard them, but she didn’t care because she had a nice owner. Meow.

Ava Vasquez


Football Memories

One day, I was playing football with my friend Andy. It was nearly evening, and you could see the brilliant colors of the sunset. My dad was quarterback. He hiked the ball. I took off running as fast as I could. I ran and felt the ball coming. I smelled the leather and hoped I could catch the ball. As the ball went into my hands, I felt the sharp sting of the ball. In anger, I dropped the ball and tumbled onto the sweet smelling grass. I tasted the dew on the grass as I cradled my head in my hands. I heard the footsteps and Andy saying “incomplete.”

William Gu


The Banana and the Horse

Once, there was a banana. He was a mutant and fought zombies. One day, he decided he wanted a horse to help him fight, and he found a big black horse. The banana tried training the horse, but he couldn’t at first. First, the horse didn’t want to fight, but soon he started training and eventually learned to fight with the banana. Soon, the horse and the banana became best friends and lived happily. Well, other than having to fight zombies.



Pac-Man and Justin Beaver

I was going to the arcade, wondering what I would play. I’m Justin Beaver, by the way, and while I was thinking about what I would play I thought about playing Pac-Man. I went to the arcade and found the little lemon with his gorgeous mouth and his beautiful voice, “Wacka wacko,” and I fell in love instantly. I didn’t want to play Pac-Man. I wanted to go in the game with Pac-Man. Suddenly, I saw a button on the machine that said “In.” I pressed it and suddenly felt dizzy. I looked around me then saw black walls everywhere like a maze. Then I saw Pac-Man and was like, “Oh my gosh… Pac-Man” Then I married Pac-Man and had one ugly baby. Then a ghost killed me.

Noah H.


The Worst Day Ever

One morning, I woke up and walked downstairs. I went outside to see what the weather was like. What I saw was amazing. I saw a whole world made out of chocolate. I ran over to touch a tree, and it crumbled. I took a bite out of it–it was flavorless. I listened to the running chocolate under me, but it made no sound. I smelled the air–nothing. I kept walking, fell off a cliff, and was falling for what felt like forever. Thump. It was just a dream, I had fallen off my bed, chewed my Legos, and destroyed them. I had knocked over my water. This was the worst day ever!

Grant Barden



My name is Avalon. I have bad luck, you could say. Well, that’s what other people say. I don’t listen to them, but it’s true I have bad luck. I try to stay hopeful and strong to have things go right. It seems the more I try, the worse things get. One morning before school, I got a black eye. I also slept in, so I was going to be ten minutes late. I got dressed as fast as I could. As I said, bad luck.

Siena Cone


Arcade Adventure

Once upon a time, there was a video game arcade girl and she had a pet deer. One day, the deer jumped into a Pac-Man video game. The girl yelled out, “I’ll save you, Mr. Fluffy Bottom!” She jumped into the game, and a ghost came after her. “Help!” she screamed. “There’s Mr. Fluffy Bottom!” she shouted. She got on the deer and gave him a jetpack. They soon flew on in the game and lived in the Mushroom Kingdom happily ever after.

Emilio Perez

A-Little-Bit-Crazy Writers

With their love for oral storytelling and creative problem solving, Ms. Spencer’s fourth-grade class at Baldwin Elementary School was never afraid to get a little crazy with their writing! This group of writers loved creating new universes where nothing was as it seemed and reality took a day off.

Emily Beyda
Badgerdog Teaching Artist


The Space Pig

How would you like to ride a pig in space? You could feed it cheese mice and chocolate milkshakes and ice cream. You can fly a pig today–dum, dum, dum–and I’m in space! One tiny step for pig. One giant step for pig time.

Robert Witherell


The Weird Day

One day, I was on my morning jog, but then a bird came down from the sky and hit me. That was just one of three weird things that happened to me that day. The second thing that happened to me was this: I was driving in my car and a monster truck came out of nowhere and ran into me. It almost killed me! It was so unexpected. It knocked me out, and I fainted. The third weird thing that happened to me was my house tried to kill me. The shower tried to drown me. My bed tried to suffocate me. The weirdest thing out of all of them was that my food tried to make me fat and kill me!

Lucas Paulson


Humpty Dumpty

Once upon a time, Humpty Dumpty went to get some berries for his special dessert. Then he saw a rainbow and ponies, and he really wanted to ride a pony, so he did, but when he sat on the pony, it went crazy! He almost cracked. But just when he thought he was safe, an eagle got Humpty Dumpty and ate him.

Jenna Lieu


Penguin and Friends

One day, penguin‘s friends came over and they went to the beach. They played tag on the ice on their bellies. It was getting dark, and they were scared by the owl. The owl was mean to them by making a mess in their rooms, and the penguin got blamed for the mess!



Araz the Fish

My name is Araz the fish. Mainly, I go to the graveyard to visit my mum. What I need the most is a ladyfish. A blonde ladyfish to keep me from being alone. My biggest secret is that I pick my nose. I know, I’m a fish, but I have a nose. Deal with it. My biggest fear is sharks, because they ate my mum.

Camden Tracy


Mr. Bunny’s Big Day

Mr. Bunny is walking along and he sees a candy store. “I want some hard candy,” Mr. Bunny yells, so he keeps walking along and then… He sees King Coffee Bean! “Attack Mr. Bunny!” exclaimed King Coffee Bean. Since Mr. Bunny is bigger than the coffee army, he steps on all of them. Mr. Bunny finally defeats them all and gets some hard candy.

Eva Garza



My name is Riverclaw. I’m a kid, but I have no mom and dad. I was raised by a wolf pack. My mom’s name is Diamondclaw and my dad’s name is Tigerclaw, so basically I’m their child.

One day, I saw Beamer the guinea pig and I said, “Hey, you!”


“Want to be friends?”

From that day on we were friends.

Lauren B.


The Sheep Who Loved to Be Pet

A sheep wanted to pet people’s hair. When it’s owner went to do something, he left the sheep with someone else. The sheep wanted to pet the guy’s hair, so the sheep started chasing him. The guy ran to the kitchen. He was so scared. The sheep came in the kitchen and held a gun, and said, “Look, let me pet you. I got a gun.”

“I’m never coming out!” said the guy.

”I will make you come out,” said the sheep.

“You’ll never find me!”

Just then the owner came in and said, “Sheep! No more threatening people!”

The sheep said, “Fine, I’m sorry.”

Gorge Lelux


Monkey Problems

A guy named Steve caught his hair on fire. He had a banana in his hand, and he couldn’t see where he was going. So he ran into a 100-foot-tall monkey! His friend Cupcake tried to save him and look for him, but she couldn’t find him. Later she found out that he was eaten alive, so she had cupcake revenge. She got a banana and threw it at the monkey’s face. But then she got eaten, too!

Julianna Ramirez


The Elephant & the Quesadilla

I walked up the stairs after lunch and I heard a lot of noise and I also smelled some yummy quesadillas. I grabbed the quesadillas until an elephant came up and grabbed them from me! I saw the elephant fall downstairs, and I laughed.

Marissa Gonzales



My name is D.S. D.S. is an abbreviation for my name, so let’s keep it that way. I feel so miserable. My life is so miserable for so many reasons, but the main reason is that I am an orphan. This orphanage is so crowded and the kids are so annoying for a seventeen-year-old like me. Luckily, there’s something really fun I do when no one’s watching. I sneak out of the orphanage and go to this house where my enemy “No Name” lives. I call my enemy “No Name” because, well, she has no name.

Enrique B.


Beamer’s Burgers

One day when I was walking, I heard there was a great burger joint down the street. When I saw the joint, I smelled the best thing ever, and when I got my burger I touched it and I wanted to eat it. When I tasted it, it was so delicious, and I saw that Beamer the guinea pig was making it! I tasted the French fries, and they were delicious. They smelled so good. I heard that Beamer was the best cook. I touched my fries and they felt amazing. Then I saw Beamer wink at me as I left.

Colin Rice


The Racing Monkey

Once there was a monkey that wanted a racecar. But to get it, he would have to win a race. The monkey was in third place by the end. Everyone bumped into him. Then his car exploded and it threw him to the finish line and at the last second he won! He got his dream car, too.

Antonio LaRosa


The Cat Who Wanted Pie

Once, there was a cat who wanted pie, so he went to the pie house. But there was a force so evil there that no one could survive.

“How am I supposed to open this door?” Cat asked himself. “I don’t even have thumbs!”

Cat went to the crowbar factory and came back with a golden crowbar in his mouth.

“Hey door!” Cat said.

“What?” said the evil door.

“DIEEEEE!” Cat yelled.

“AHHH!” screamed Door.

Cat used his crowbar to whack Door in the face. Door fell down and disappeared, so Cat got his pie and lived happily ever after. But Door died, so he didn’t live happily ever after.

Sam M.



No day of my life is easy. Everyone says my name like it’s some evil person’s name. They hiss my name, and they talk about me behind my back because of my stupid name, Ezrila.

One day at school, there was a new kid. She wasn’t shy. She was mean. I tried to be nice to her, but she was so mean.

After school one day, I saw the new kid sitting on a park bench by herself, crying. I didn’t know what to do, so I went and sat next to her. I asked her if she was okay. She said she was fine, but I could see in her eyes she wasn’t.

“Whatever it is, I can help you,” I said. After that, everything changed. Hermione became nice and I made a lifelong best friend.



The Lava Pit

Once, there was a boy with no arms. He wanted to get home, but he had no arms so he could not get to the other side of the lava with monkey bars over it. He needed arms to get across when the smoke was out of his path. He decided he would try to use his legs to get across the lava. He finally made it, and he went home.

Lauren Lauterjung

Sensational Storytellers

From our first day together, Ms. Smart’s fourth-grade class at Baldwin Elementary School was excited about plot twists, unexpected character combinations, and maximum drama, creating crazy adventures that never ended up quite where you expected them to! This class loved sharing, with characters jumping from story to story, some even interacting for the length of the class in a group story saga.

Emily Beyda
Badgerdog Teaching Artist



When I was sitting at Goodwill, a random girl about three million feet tall with a magic wand grabbed me and took me up a tree. I knew we were not supposed to talk to anything that was not made of fabric. It was the number one rule for clothes. Anyway, weeks later I found out that the witch was planning to eat me. I screamed for help every time she left me alone. I was scared to see her run in and hear me. Only the maker can hear me. But the witch heard me! All I did was scream. All she did was scream. She and I finally got to know each other. Her name is Lacy. She loves this thing called pizza. And she loves my color–pink.

Emma Smart


My Bedroom

My bedroom is boring… Wait a minute… What if my bedroom floor was ice?! That would be amazing. My bed would be made of Jello, and my walls would be made of Tootsie Rolls. Yum. I would eat it all! My covers would be made of the softest material in the world. My closet would be huge, and I would have puppies in there. The floor to my closet would be made of dog food, so they could eat it too. My room would smell pretty bad with all the dog food, Tootsie Rolls, Jello, and the blanket. But you’d have to admit: the blanket is sooo soft. The dogs in my closet would be loud sometimes, but I would give them treats and they get quiet. The next day, I would come in my room and see that nothing was there… Oh, wait… It was just a dream.

Blake Hendley


The Dog

One day, there was a dog. The dog couldn’t reach the pizza on the top of the fridge, so he was sad. But for some reason, he really, really wanted a house so he could have a fridge of his own full of pizza. One day, he had saved up enough money to get a house! He was so happy.

William Paulson


Jake and Dude

Every day, I wake up alone, rob my daily bank, take a nap, wake up, and try to get over my fear of dogs and people, talk to my mom, then go back to sleep.

But one day when I woke up, and I started started flying! I went to the top of a building and jumped off. Af first, I couldn’t fly, but then I stopped falling and just floated.

I saw a guy running like two hundred miles an hour. I caught up to him because I could fly four hundred miles an hour. I stopped him in his tracks and stole all his money. Then he said, “Hi,” and I said, “Hey,” and we became best friends and he taught me how to run extremely fast.

I hit him on the head with a pole and ran away, but he ran after me. I started running while I was flying, and I went two times as fast and he never caught up.



The P.E. Teacher

One day, I saw the P.E. teacher, so I ran to a hiding spot because she is so mean and rude. She always tells us to do fifty push-ups without stopping, and if you’re talking when she is talking she will make you do one hundred and fifty push–ups without stopping or getting water when you are tired. Once, my brother had to do three hundred pushups! She has a face with all kinds of cuts, scars, and blood. Some people say she has a mask on.

Arhav Kheni


Animal Talk

You can talk to a lama
You can talk to a mamba
You could talk to a peacock
You could watch a hawk
Animal Talk!

Emily Branagh


Tae Kwan Do

When I first started Tae Kwan Do, I was five years old. My dad would usually take me to karate in New York. Every day, I would say, “I want to go to karate,” but when I started going there it got boring because every day we would learn the same thing. I didn’t like that, so I just quit.



Mr. Stick Kitty Saves the Day

Once upon a time, Mr. Stick Kitty wanted to get Mr. Rainbow Fish out of the evil lava house jail, but it was guarded by evil flower pots. So, Mr. Stick Kitty geared up in his sapphire energy suit, grabbed weapons, and set off. Along the way, he learned the power of sapphire and harnessed it to save his friend. When he arrived, he battled the evil flower pots and deactivated them with his sapphire powers. Finally, the boss battle came, and he battled the evil lava house and won and saved his friend Mr. Rainbow Fish.



The Spy

I remember when I was a spy. A secret Chinese spy that spied on the evil Dr. Bob every night. Dr. Bob was never good. He was always trying to steal all the noodles in China, but I was dressed up like a hobo so he didn’t spot me. My partner is an elephant spy–he never quits. He is like my sixth-grade gym teacher, trying to get me to be quiet. Every word he says is, “Push-ups, sit-ups, you got an F!”



Two Worlds

I run, I run home, I pass by a dark hallway. In the glass window, I see… I see something that looks like me. My feet, sturdy, standing tall. I look back at the world of them… I mean us. Why are we so cruel? I break free. I fly. I show the true me. My heart, the one filled with gold, draws me to the helpless creature, unseen by its own people. One hour later, we put our sunglasses on and strut down the runway winning the alien fashion show.

Summer Rose


The Mirror

I was walking down the dark, deep hallway when I saw myself in a mirror. To see my face made me wonder why I looked so scary. I know what I do, and I know what I want. I want someone to care for me carefully, but when they see me they know what will happen next.

I look in the mirror and see a brave young girl. I know it’s not me. I have never been brave or beautiful. She reaches her hand through the mirror and touches my hand. Then something happens. I go crazy. I’ve never seen someone be so careful with me. It’s worse that she’s a porcelain doll. Then I can’t feel my heart at all. It’s gone dark. I notice what I have done to her, when all she wanted to do was be brave.

Julia Mutschler


President Fish

Once there was a fish running for president. He had a cat friend that had a living flower pot butler that wanted to be watered. One day, the cat was watering his plants when he was attacked by an army of apples! After the attack, the cat hopped in a helicopter and flew to Florida. “Yep, that’s the end of the cat,” the fish said. A few days later, the plant started to get mad that the cat hadn’t given him water yet. But he was long gone.



The Plane to Texas

One morning, we were all in the car, barely going the speed limit. We were racing to somebody’s house to buy our lizard. In about ten minutes, we got there to pick, and the lizard got in the car with us. He turned into a monster that ate the world! Sorry, it was all a dream. I was sleeping on the plane with my lizard in my hand. The plane was taking us to Texas. I was just having an imaginary flashback. I probably fell asleep because the movie we were watching was so boring. I thought Texas was going to be boring just because I am a timid person. But as soon as I stepped off the plane, wonders filled my eyes.



Chocolate Lava Cake

One day, I was walking and I was going to get chocolate lava cake. It smelled like chocolate, it felt and tasted awesome, and I got there and got inside, and when it was over I made a chocolate lava cake.



Sky’s Revenge

There was a dog named Sky that saw a steak. Sky couldn’t get to it. He tried and tried, but he failed. Then a chicken went by. Sky was fierce, so he ran to the chicken, but a fox came by and grabbed the chicken. So, he went home and found that the steak was gone. He was disappointed, so he barked at the people and then ate the people. Then the dog ruled the world.

Charlize Ramos


The Witch’s Daughter

Once upon a time, there was a magical stone. This stone had the power to control the world. One day, a witch came and stole the stone but was defeated in the process, so the stone was safely returned to Chiron, a magical centaur. But what they didn’t know was that the witch had a daughter named Callie, and her destiny was to find the stone and finish what her mom started. She had to get the stone, and if she couldn’t she would disappoint her mom. It was guarded by locks, a forcefield, and warriors, but she had an idea. She got dressed up as a warrior and told Chiron to let her in. Chiron let her in, not knowing who she was. She used magic to open the lock. It tired her out a lot, and she felt like it wasn’t worth it. She looked in her hand and thought, This is the most powerful thing in the world. So why am I not happy? Callie decided to give it back to Chiron. Sometimes what you think you want isn’t what you want.



The Fox

There was once a fox who spotted a few dogs meeting at the store. Then suddenly a chicken came by and the fox wanted the chicken instead, so he started chasing the chicken to the farm. When the farmer saw the fox, he got the broom and spanked the fox and said, “Get off my farm!” When the fox finally got away from the farmer, he headed back to the store where the dogs were waiting to get them.



Space Adventure

I was flying in an airplane going to space in a super cool space suit about to kick the moon and I had a box of cheese to put on the moon and watch it explode. I passed the round moon, getting ready to make a fort that would turn into a city. I looked at England, where I saw a pink turtle that turned into mutant cheese and started to destroy the city and other mutant monsters came and helped it destroy everything in its path. Then huge sandwich supplies made the cheese monsters into sandwiches!



The Singing Raccoon

Once, there was a little raccoon who wanted stardom. She wanted to sing better than of all the raccoon people, so she went walking to the magic cabinet that could grant any wish. But when she got there, the cabinet was locked. So she went to a genie and forced it to do her bidding. Then she made it open the door to the cabinet and she got her wish and became rich and famous with her magic microphone.

Naomi Dwelle



Once a raccoon named Doge wanted a fruit shaped like a bone that gave him the power to control the world so he could save his family and everyone else from the evil Smelly Gabe. He destroyed the world in his ‘98 Carmard. Dodge snuck in the house, then… To Be Continued!


A Collection of Dazzling Characters

Ms. Quiroz’s class of fourth-graders at Baldwin Elementary School loves animals, aliens, and dangerous babies. Their creative characters expressed themselves in convincing dialogue, with a few great sound effects thrown in for good measure, using their smarts and kind hearts to get out of even the stickiest situations.

Emily Beyda
Badgerdog Teaching Artist


The Fat Cat

Once, there was a cat who was soon fat. He always drank milk, but he was blind so he couldn’t always find his way to his house. One day, the milk was all the way down in the basement. He couldn’t get down the steps, so he winged it and tumbled down the stairs and broke his leg. “So worth it,” said the fat kitty as he drank all his milk!




My name is Spot, and I am a human kid. I do not know how to talk. I was almost killed by pterodactyl. I have a good friend named Alo. His papa died in a flood chasing me. I have to protect and help Arlo get home. He needs help getting home because he fell into the river. He met a lot of dinosaurs, like a pterodactyl, tyrannosaurus rex, raptors, and a triceratops.

Gavin Campbell


Violet the Unicorn

I met a very nice unicorn named Violet. She and I met at the ice cream shop. I love to hang out with her at the park. She told me a funny joke that was so funny I laughed so hard. She is a nice unicorn, and she has lots of unicorn friends. They eat a lot of food, just like me, and her friends are so funny, just like her. They like ice cream, and so do I. Her friends love people who are nice and funny. And that’s how we met.



Dangerous Baby

There is a crazy, dangerous baby, who is cute and has chubby cheeks. His hair feels like a warm blanket. I can hear his machine guns loading up and the taste of the sandwich I had earlier. The room smells like a bad diaper, and then I smell smoke. The smoke detector goes off–beep, beep, beep. He burns down the house! This babysitting stuff is hard. I hope his parents aren’t too mad.

Maddox Merano


George & Sealy

I’m George!

I was running along the sidewalk and saw Mark. “Ughh,” Mark mumbled. I hated him, so I kept walking. I hate life. Everyone hates me.

I don’t know why, but I do have one friend. His name is Sealy! He is a Seal! He has a snout. He is also really crazy and cool!

“Sealy, let’s play!” I screamed from my door.

“Okay!” Sealy answered.

The next morning, Sealy and I grabbed jetpacks and flew all the way to New York. After that we decided to fly back home, but Mark came and broke our jetpacks!

“What will we do??” Sealy asked in a scared voice.

“We shall walk!” I answered. Twenty days later, we were home.

Olivia Christodoulides


Moon Basketball

2934, The Moon: I was feeling really jittery today, so I went the basketball court. I found my friend Jake already there. “Nice!” I said, as he did a backflip from the opposite end of the court and slam-dunked the basketball and landed on the backboard.

“I see you brought Jason.” Jason was my robot friend and could beat you at any video game you played. Jason isn’t one of those cartoon robots who goes beep, beep. He has the characteristics of a normal kid.

“Yeah, I did bring him,” I replied. Right then, Jason grabbed a ball and, from the back of the court, curve-balled it and made the basket.

“Woo Hoo! Nice!” Jake said.

“Thanks,” Jason replied. We kept doing trick shots for about an hour or two.

Jake said, “All right. I have a hot lunch waiting for me at home, so bye!”

“Bye!” Jason and I both said at the same time. With just those words, we departed.

When I got home I found a cake from the neighbors. Man, I was excited to eat that.

Bryce Newman


Catching Chickens

There once lived a kitty cat that loved chickens, but she had never caught one before. One day, the little kitty cat went on a walk, and she spotted a fat little chicken. She carefully went over to it and was so quiet no one could hear her. Then she carefully came closer and scared the chicken and gobbled it right up! But then that was not the way the food chain works! Kakaw!

Mia Rincon


Needy Brother

Sara is awesome, and she has a brother named Taco Kitty. Sara laughed at his name. Taco thinks he keeps the family out of dinner, but actually she does. Taco stays in his room every day eating Pop Tarts and watching rainbow videos all day. He is scared of the sun. Now, let me tell you a little about Sara. She has to do everything for Taco, like getting the charger for his iPhone since he spends all day watching rainbow videos, and get more and more Pop Tarts at the store. I don’t know how how Sara can live with him! She is actually older than him, and he is so dumb and crazy. And that’s how Sara has the most dumb brother in the world!

Audry Bernal


Life on the Moon

2934, Moon: I am Henry. Life is fun on the moon. Basketball is awesome in zero  gravity. Because life can be hard on the moon, we treat everyone like family regardless of who they are. I spend most of my time with my robot friend Jason and my human friend Jake. I play a lot of basketball, and play videogames with Jason.



John Kitty

I am a cat, and my name John Kitty. I am afraid of Captain Hook. He is a bad man, and he throws dirty diapers at me. Then I smell bad. I love to go to World Wrestling Entertainment steel cage matches and watch John Cena. We lift weights together, and he’s sad because he isn’t a pop star. When we saw Captain Hook, we kicked him and said, “Ha ha! We beat you!”

Austin B.


The Giants

One day, I woke up and smelled burning wood. The air tasted like bacon. When I went downstairs, I saw bacon giants with flame throwers burning the house. Some had hammers, which were giant paddles with six big marshmallows and a pretzel handle. They were smashing up the house. Some had potions with chocolate milk, and when they threw the potion on people they turned into monsters! When I touched them, my hand bent and I turned into a chocolate peanut butter wolf.



Jack the Cat

Once, there was a cat named Jack sleeping in a bamboo tree. Pusheen jumped up. He scared the pandas so much that they jumped to the moon–all of them, except a panda named Ling, who was the only one left. Jack pushed Pusheen down, and Ling flew to the moon with a jetpack. Ling told the red pandas that help was on the way, and all the pandas formed a panda chain and flew back to earth where they ate bamboo for life.



The Silly Horses

Once, there was a unicorn. I was that unicorn! I lived in Rainbowville! We would always eat cupcakes and ice cream for dessert. They taste good! Then we ate pancakes and chicken, and then horses barged in. We laughed because the horses talked and told a lot of funny jokes and they would even sing in funny voices. One horse always had a cupcake on the side of his head. One day, I was laughing so hard that I died! They buried me, then I came back to life, but then they killed me.

Maya De La Garza


The Alien Attack

I walked into my kitchen and the first thing I saw were unicorns making pancakes. “Mom, Dad!” I screamed for my parents and they ran down the hall. As soon as they walked into the kitchen, they screamed. “Get out!” But the unicorns did not move. My mom and dad heard something and looked up. A giant iron ball crashed into the top of the roof! The door opened and inside was a giant UFO trying to kill my mom and dad. But my dad was brave enough to kill the UFO with his mega machinegun. Then five more came! I wanted to go and kill them, but my parents said, “Go to your room!” I couldn’t watch them die. I needed them. So I jumped and killed all the aliens in the skin, but then… I got hit in the leg by a meteoroid, and I blew up!




Dragons burn everything they see, but they are nice to kittens. And dragons eat cake like a boss! Instead of blowing out their candles, they eat the candles because they breathe fire. And then about every second they fart out fire and their eyes pop out. They try to wear diapers, but the diapers burn when they fart out fire. They are all gangsters.

Zach Webb


Space Adventure

I was out near Jupiter riding a shooting star. All the other stars were so beautiful, and one star tasted so good. I smelled the rings of Saturn–so good–but the sound was terrifying. The rings also felt very smooth. It took 1,000,000 light years to get to earth, but instead of finding a beautiful sphere there was nothing, just sadness, so then I went to another planet, which was Pluto. There was the earth, and I used my galaxy map to find Pluto, the place where Earth was–they actually switched. But the planet exploded into tiny people, and they all died. So sad. But then there was one more planet, and I searched for it on my computer. It was called the Super Cool Epic Ball of Death. “Whaa?” It was so cool! But it was just the sun throwing meteorites of death everywhere around the galaxy and making new planets.

Oziel Hernandez


The Monkey Driver

I walked up the rainbow and felt the cloud I was walking on. It felt so silky. Then I walked up to a very big house. I went inside and saw that it was a nice place. It smelled like bubblegum. But it could have been the bubble gum I was eating. Then I walked down the rainbow and went home. As I was walking home, I heard something. It was a monkey driving a car! It was coming to me. While he was driving, he was eating a sandwich. I did not want to hurt his feelings, but he was breaking the law. Plus, I don’t think he had a driver’s license. But then he crashed into a car (I told you he was breaking the law) and I ran home!



The Monkey Museum on Mars

Once upon a time, there was a Monkey Museum on Mars! I flew to Mars and touched the rocks. Then I heard a loud rumbling. I scanned my eyes over a giant building that said Monkey Museum. Only monkeys were around. And I walked into the smell of bananas. I was hungry. I tasted the monkey food and it was chocolate. That’s why they were hyper. Then everything blew up! And I flew back to earth. Poor Mars!


The Keen Character-Builders

With their love for interior dialogue and returning to the same universe week after week, Ms. Reaves’s fourth-grade class at Baldwin Elementary shared a love of character that made their stories as fun to read as they were to share. Their well-reasoned arguments helped us choose between invisibility and flight, and their eye for human detail made even the strangest characters both interesting and relatable.

Emily Beyda
Badgerdog Teaching Artist


The Random Story

Billy had a pet named George. The both wanted to go see an underwater movie, but when they got there they were told, “No dogs allowed.”

Billy wanted to get further in the line, but it was huge and he couldn’t get through. Once all the seahorses passed, it was finally Billy’s turn. He tried to go in, but they wouldn’t let him, so he tried to get through the gate.

Sharks started coming his way, so he swam deeper until he got to the theater. The sharks stopped, and so did he. After the movie, Billy and George were running out of air, so they came back to the surface and the seahorses started following them.

Billy started the engine, and the seahorses caught up as Billy and George made it to the surface. Billy knew the seahorses just wanted to play, so they did it again and again until the day ended.

Isy Cherakuri


The Nice Witch

Hi, I’m Jessica. I have a big secret. You can’t tell anyone. Okay. I am… a witch. I am a nice one, though, but everyone thinks I am mean. I try to sell potions that heal people or make them less ill, but they run away because they think I am a real witch. The bad kind.

One day, I met this guy named Bobby. I noticed he was having a bad day like me, so I went up to him and started talking. It turned out we had more things in common than I thought. Every day after he got home from school, I would play with him or help him with his homework.

One day, my mom told me we were going to move in two weeks. I told Bobby, and we were both sad because I was his best friend, like he was to me. Then I came up with a plan.

To be continued…




Just think about being invisible. You could sneak through your house to get your electronics when your parents say no. If you could fly, you could only fly through the house while being seen, so you would get in trouble. If you could be invisible while playing football, you could see the other team, but they couldn’t see you. If you could fly while playing football, the other team could see you, so they could dodge you!

Luke Vail



I think being invisible would be better than flying because you could sneak up on anyone. While flying, your cape could get stuck in a jet engine and you could die. I think invisibility would help you get away from trouble, and you would always win at hide and seek. Flying would be bad because bad guys could shoot you down, so that’s why I want to be invisible.

Peterson D.


The Cats and the Hotdog

One day, there were three cats, and they all wanted a hotdog, so they headed to the hotdog cart. Then a seahorse came up and gave them a fine for $10,000,000. They put their money together to pay the fine. Then they paid the fine, but they didn’t have any money left, so they couldn’t get a hotdog.

The cats walked home, but before they got there they saw someone walking to the hotdog cart. They walked with her, and once she paid they jumped on the table and grabbed the hotdog and ran away. The lady chased them and realized they didn’t have a home, so she paid for a new hotdog and let the cats eat the last one. Then she took the cats home.

Laura Shulze


The Strongest Dog in the World

One day in 2015, a 1,000-year-old dog wanted to be strong, so he tried to sleep, but his wife was making so much noise that it caused the earth to crack into two halves. The crack happened to crack their house in half, too, and then the dog that wanted to sleep started drifting away in space. Then he was able to sleep to gain enough energy to work out, so he became the strongest dog in the world, or at least on his half of the world.

Alex Stevens


The New Friends

One late afternoon, I was walking home from school when I turned the corner and bam! There was a girl standing in my way. It looked like she was talking to someone on the phone. I didn’t really care and walked around her.

I was almost home when I heard footsteps behind me. It was her! She followed me the whole way home! I asked her, “What is your name and what do you want?”

She replied, “My name is Ella. I want a friend who has a simple name. What’s your name?”

“I’m Donny,” I said, feeling kind of bad for her.

“Do you think I could stay with you for a night?” Ella asked. “I am lost.”

“Oh,” I replied. “Okay.”

So we walked home and talked about how bad school is and different things we liked. We are now friends, and we have one other friend we hang out with at school, so life is pretty good.



Minecraft Adventure

One day, I played Minecraft with an old iPad. I turned it on and changed my name to Nazara. Once I clicked play, I got sucked in! Once I was in, I could see that I was a villager, and I couldn’t move my arms. I was freaking out!

After a little while, I went up to a boy named Jonny. I told him what happened. I tried to get out, but I couldn’t.

Jonny said, “I am a scientist in training. I can help get you out!”

I just nodded.

Soon, he made something and I drank it. I felt dizzy, and when I woke up I still was still a villager and Jonny was outside the screen controlling me!

He said, “I am finally a human!” But after two hours, Jonny got sucked back in, and I got to go. I was out controlling Jonny and I changed him into a character that could move his arms. I also gave him pigs to play with and a huge house! Every day I added something to Jonny’s house.



Zadif and the Annoying Song

One day Zadif was sky diving. Nyan Cat flew by and sang his song, then he flew away. Zadif got the song stuck in his head. One day later, he went insane and tried to get the song out of his head. He went mental! He couldn’t get the song out of his head. Nyan Cat flew by and sang his song, and Zadif’s head blew up. Nyan Cat did this because he loved annoying people, but then he blew up because he got the Narwal Song stuck in his head!




Those innocent girls have no idea what trouble they are getting into, I thought, gazing into the black and gloomy distance. My tail splashed around in the blue water. “I will get those tailsmans before they do!” I screamed. “I defeated their ancestors. These puny mermaids have no chance against me. Ling, Serafina, Neela, Becca, Ava, and Astrid will not succeed.” The black pearl glinted in the distance. “What if I get Astrid on my side? I can give her song-casting powers, and she will help me release Abandon, the sea monster, who will destroy the seven seas.” I laughed deeply.



The Line

There was once a guy named Joe who was not very smart. He was in a very long line, but he couldn’t wait for the line to move. He decided to cut the line, but he didn’t have any scissors to cut the line with. However, he had a lamp with a genie in it. The genie came out and asked Joe what he wanted. Joe said, “I want a pair of scissors!” The genie gave him a pair of scissors to cut the line. When he tried to cut the line, it didn’t work, so he kept trying. To this day, Joe is still trying to cut the line.

Marcus Reaves


The Hotdog Aliens

Hi! I’m Samantha. This is the story of my best friend, Jacob. One day, Jacob was walking around the calm and peaceful park. He saw trees, benches, and stands, including hotdog–wait! Hotdogs?! He loved hotdogs and needed them whenever he saw one.

Jacob took out his wallet, but he had no money! He thought the best thing to do would be to ask people at the park. He started walking until he saw two green, slimy aliens. They were walking towards him with dangerous material. Jacob turned around and started running in the opposite direction.

He was almost to his house, when bam! He ran right into another alien. He ran to the left after letting out a terrified scream. But there were aliens there too! And that way and that way! Pretty soon, Jacob was surrounded.

He screamed, “Somebody please help me!” Then he heard the sound of money dropping on the ground in front of him. It was the aliens! All along, they just wanted to help. Then the aliens turned and went away. Jacob went back to the hotdog stand and bought two delicious hotdogs. From that day on, Jacob could always get fresh hotdogs with the help of his new friends, the aliens.



The Cupcake Teacher

The alarm clock had just gone off. I stepped off my bed onto the purple carpet I’ve had since I was five. My dad got it for me. Well, I got dressed, ate breakfast, brushed my teeth, and walked out the door.

Sigh. Walk, walk, walk, and walk. I stepped onto the white tile, looked at the clock, and ran. I opened the door, and my heart stopped pumping. My lungs stopped breathing. My head stopped swirling. My legs stopped running. All of my body was still as ice. My eyes watched every little step.

His face was so grumpy. His cake part was so crummy. My history teacher was a cupcake! He or she–I didn’t exactly know–pointed to an empty desk in the back of the room. My mouth still open, I walked to the end of the room. My classmates seemed fine. They seemed to think it was so normal that our history substitute was a fat, grumpy cupcake.

Wow, this is just embarrassing, I thought. Ok, now I’m fainting… Wait, why am I still in my bed? Oh, I guess it was just a dream.

But it felt like it was real. Hmmm. It was just another lame Sunday. Stomp, stomp, stomp, went my brothers Harry and Ben down the stairs. “I want pancakes! I want blueberry muffins!” they screamed. It’s so crazy they’re twins and completely opposites.



Murderers vs. Cupcakes

Once, a cupcake ran around the park. On the fifty-second lap, he found some cheese. He started walking towards the cheese, but he spotted another cupcake. He hid behind a bush. The second cupcake disappeared when he hid behind the bush. What? thought the first cupcake. He walked towards the cheese. Then some bloody murderers jumped out from behind a bush. “You’re mine!” Said the first one. The cupcake ran for his life. He grabbed a butcher knife and threw it. It missed, but it hit the second guy’s shoe. He fell over and shot the first guy’s hand. That guy screamed and fell over and they both rolled down to the highway and were never seen again. The cupcake took the cheese and sat on the lawn for the next twenty minutes eating the cheese.



Cupcake Fight

I saw a girl who was sad and depressed, kind of like me! She had a black jacket, black pants, a black shirt, black hair, and even greyish looking skin. I was a little scared, but I walked over to her.

“Hi. My name is… Cup… Um… Cupcake. What’s yours?” She looked up. Her eyes were the most beautiful colored eyes ever! They were a radiant blue, like an amazing ocean. She opened her mouth, and I thought, I wonder what her name is? Instead, she came and ate one of my cherries!

“Hey, that’s my hair!” I screamed.

“Whatever,” she mumbled. So we, um, kinda got into a fight. She attacked. She licked my frosting. “Ew!” I yelled. My turn, I thought. I backed up, made a running jump and… hugged her.

Her entire body flew into the air and plopped onto the ground. She was wearing bright colors and had blonde hair. She said her name was Jenna-Menna-Fenna-Kella-Bella-Thrella-Joe. Cococake walked up and ate Jenna-Menna-Fenna-Kella-Bella-Thrella-Joe. Then I ate Cococake and walked away.

Elena H.


Ape Apocalypse

One day, there was a guy named Fred. He was in an ape apocalypse. The ape infection was making apes smart, and they were killing everyone. Fred needed to get to the stairs to heaven so he could escape. But the stairs only came down once a day, which was a problem, considering there were apes with muskets guarding it. Fred made it to the stairs, but there were apes. Lots of apes. He started to shoot the apes. After three hours, he ran out of ammo, but the stairs came down. He ran up the stairs, but at the top he found undead intelligent apes! Then he ran, smashing apes with his AK47 until he was cornered. Then an ape with a knife came and… Wait… What? It was all a dream!




Cheetoland looks like a yellow-orange planet. It smells like cheesy goodness. Everything feels fragile and hard. It tastes like powdery goodness. I heard a lot of cracking and I felt hungry until I saw a surfing dinosaur who was invading the city, which was defended by superhero cheetos!




Unicornland is a hot pink color. It tastes like candy, and it always sounds happy. It feels happy no matter what. It smells like cotton candy. It’s run by King Unicorn, who is crazy and wears a Batman costume. Some unicorns are made of Jell-O, so you can eat them. There are giant blue slushies for the unicorns’ houses.



Star Wars Simone

One day, there was a girl named Simone. She was walking with her sister when a Tai Fighter swooped down and kidnapped her sister. Simone chased the Tai Fighter, but it jumped to hyperspace and flew away. Simone was really sad she lost her sister, so she dialed Ray’s phone number and asked if she could teach her to be a jedi. Ray said no. So Simone went to Hasa to steal a ship. Her plan succeeded and she blasted into space and, luckily, she had implanted a tracking device in her sister so she could find her if she got lost. She followed the purple line on the tracking device, and it took her one year to get there. When she got to the Death Star where they had taken her sister, she got blown up!



Zombie Einstein

One day, Zombie Einstein ran out of money because he didn’t have a job, so he decided to become evil. He set off to rob a bank, but what he did not realize was that Super Sand decided to do the same thing.

Even though they were buddies, Super Sand was greedy and stole the money from Zombie Einstein. Zombie Einstein decided to turn against his partner. He tried to shoot him with his machine gun, but Super Sand was made out of sand, so it wasn’t effective.

What Zombie Einstein did not realize was that the only way to kill Super Sand was to blow him up. After five weeks, the battle kept going. As normal, Zombie Einstein’s bullets were uneffective, but once he saw the grenade in his pocket he realized that he had to use it.

He put on his jetpack and went out through a hole in the ceiling, took the money, and dropped in the grenade! The explosion spread for miles. Once it was over, he realised he had not only killed his friend, but destroyed the whole town. He dropped the money. One day he died. That is the story of Zombie Einstein.

Austin Wine

The Zany World-Builders

Ms. Dawson’s fourth-grade class at Baldwin Elementary School shared a keen eye for detail, grounding their imaginative stories in their characters’ emotional realities, combining a zany knack for world-building with a focus on feeling. They took real world scenarios, like playing Minecraft, going to school, and making friends, and used their imaginations to make them delightfully surreal.

Emily Beyda
Badgerdog Teaching Arist


Cars Racing

They raced by going 367 miles per hour. I booed as Speneli passed Hamelton. I was depressed. We were on the last lap. We were so close to getting first place, but we stopped because Hamelton’s engine broke down. How was he going to win?

Then he started running. I forgot he could dash! He won!

I grabbed the trophy, running out of the derby with everyone chasing me. I jumped in my car and raced off. The police were racing after me. I was going 125 miles per hour in my Bugati Veyron. There was no way anybody could catch me. I was going to the Sahara Desert.

Three months later, I was there—three hundred feet under the surface. All of the police died of dehydration. I was all alone. It was up to me.

Kaiser Kothmann


Bob and Cookie

One day, while flying around, Bob the dog/fly saw a cookie almost being eaten! Bob came in and bumped into the cookie. After that, the cookie was so happy she wasn’t being eaten. Until one day when Bob had bad news.

He said, “I have to move because it’s going to rain.”

The cookie was so mad that she tried to eat the dog/fly, but the dog/fly won! He was so sad because he ate his wife.

“But, on the bright side, I still have the baby.” Until one day when Bob went into the bedroom where the baby slept, and she was not there! Bob was so so so so so so sad.

“First my wife, now my baby,” he said in despair. “My family is gone!”

Abby Rose


Talking to Animals

I would want to talk to animals because I could make them listen to me. Or I would ride dragons. I would sail the seven seas on a megalodon. I might even talk a dinosaur into letting me ride him to school! I would want to have a pet elephant. That is why I would want to talk to animals.

Jackson McNaceshton



If you turn invisible, you can prank, scare, and escape from dangerous animals. But if I could talk to animals, I would fly and talk to my favorite animals, even the dangerous ones.




If you could fly, you could go around the world. If you were invisible, no one would be able to see you. But if you could fly, you would be able to see things you’d never seen before because you would be in the air. If you went high enough, nobody could see you. And if you were invisible, evil would consume you. Lots of people want to fly so they can play pranks, scare people, or skip school.



My Pet

I walked to the pet store wanting to see cute pets. When I touched the door, shivers went down my spine. I walked in and smelled all kinds of terrible poo odors. I looked to my left and saw a white guinea pig. I heard it squeak and knew that it was my perfect pet. I saw it taste its water and I jumped up, saying, “I want him. He is perfect!”

I bought him and took him home. I played with him and looked at his red eyes and white fur. I saw him jump and play in his cage. He felt so soft in my cold hands. I tried to taste his food, but it didn’t go down, so I ran to the bathroom and got it out. The smell of his cage was terrible! I had to clean it. Yuck! Every night I touched his soft, shakey fur. I loved his squeak sound.



Jimmy Limmy

I am Jimmy Limmy, and this is the story of how I beat up my little brother. When I walked into the house, he came up and said, “Come here, I want to teach you a–”

“Mommy!” cried Timmy Limmy.”Jimmy is trying to hurt me.”

Jimmy Limmy asked his mom, “What did I do? I did not do anything. All I did was walk into the house!”

The next day, they went to space. Timmy Limmy started to cry again. “Mommy, he’s trying to hurt me again!” Jimmy Limmy somehow time-traveled and figured out that Timmy Limmy was an alien.

“I finally found one,” he screamed. Then he went over to Timmy Limmy and shook him. He turned green, then he exploded.

“Yes! Now I don’t have to hear ‘Mommy!’ every day when I get home from school.”



Jeffry Belly

One day, a kid named Jeffry Belly wanted to eat a half-eaten sandwich, but he had to pay for it, so he did some chores and got some money and went outside, but it started to rain. The sandwich got wet, but Jeffry Belly loved wet half-eaten sandwiches! He put on his poncho and rode his bike to the shop and bought the sandwich, but he slipped and the sandwich got muddy. Jeffry Belly screamed with joy, and said, “I love wet, muddy, half-eaten sandwiches!” And then he ate it.

William Dawson


Julia and Pony

Once upon a time, there was a pony looking for his owner, Julia. He found a button and pressed it. Suddenly, he traveled from the 17th century to the 21st century. “Neigh!” he said.

“Pony! It’s me, Julia. Hold on. This radio tower is trying to kill us with lightning! You have the button of time! Touch it, hold it, and press it! Ah, I’m down!”

“Neigh!” The pony pressed the button of time, and they lived happily ever after in the 17th century.

Kevin Schicrt


The Candy Bus

I walked to the bus. It felt hot and steamy outside. I walked for a while, and finally I saw the bus. I got on, and it smelled like something died! The driver gave me something, and I said, “What is this for?” The driver said, “Valentine’s Day,” so I took the candy and it tasted so chocolatey. I felt like I was eating all the candy in the world. So I sat down, and the bus drove me home.



The Hungry Marshmallows

I walked into the store, and I saw a whole bunch of candy. I smelled the warm, delicious marshmallows. I opened the bag, and the marshmallows were melting in my hands. Then I put them I put it in my mouth really quickly, and I heard screams coming from my mouth! They went down my throat and down my belly, and they were so hungry they ate through my belly!

I said, “Hey, that’s my belly!”

“We were so hungry, we had to. We’re sorry!”

“I’m not accepting it,” I said. “Plus, now I don’t have a belly to hold all my food!”



Moon Cheese

Once, there was an astronaut who wanted moon cheese, but there was a sharp-toothed cat in the way, so he got his jetpack to take him to the moon. Once he got to the cheese area, the cat sprang up. The astronaut figured out that the cheese was in the dome. Then he took a needle out and popped the cat’s bubble. The cat floated out into space with his head in the water bubble. After that, the astronaut ate all the cheese.




“Ah! Why is a giant pixie stick coming for me? Don’t kill me!” The pixie stick suddenly grabs me and throws me in a giant bowl. He covers me up and puts me in the freezer. I have to get out before I freeze. I cut the plastic with a knife, and I climb out of the bowl. I see the pixie stick again–he’s turned into a devil and taken me to a lava pit. I am in a glass container while the lava is rising! I break the glass and jump out of the lava, but the pixie stick kicks me back in the lava pit and I die.

Tegan Hakkila


Snowe and Astro

Snowe was walking and came across a genie who said, “I will give you three wishes if you let me teleport you to a cheese crater.”

Snowe said yes and was teleported. Snowe got three wishes from the genie, then Astro came along. Snowe liked Astro. She wished they could be friends and then she wished for unlimited wishes. Snowe and Astro became friends. Then Snowe let Astro ride her. They rode into Cheeseville. They both got what they wanted because they had a genie who gave them unlimited wishes.



The Snowman Who Loved Ice Cream

One day, there was a snowman who loved ice cream. The ice cream he loved most was vanilla. It was his favorite flavor, since he was white and vanilla is white. It was a perfect fit.



Candy Marshmallow

I’m Candy Marshmallow. I love to play with my friends, Sticky and Billy. One day when I was at home, I saw a ladybug and jumped. But I found Billy right behind me! I know I can always count on him and Sticky to be there for me. All my friends say I’m brave because I want to be a war elephant! Someday, I want to grow up and be a scientist! When I was born, my mom and dad left me, but at least I have good friends.

Lily Wilson



Jadestone is a human girl. She has everything she’s ever wanted–an amulet, excitement, and adventure. But she has no friends. After doing some research, she found that the marshmallow people are the friendliest creatures in the Twist galaxy!

Jadestone set out on a journey. But there was a problem. She didn’t know how to make friends. In her Radical Book of Heroes, she learned to enter the mindscape. After many failed attempts, she finally summoned a big door. She opened it, and then entered the wonderful world of candy!

Jadestone had to travel fifteen miles to get to the marshmallow nation, but she finally made it. When she met the marshmallows, they became friends! The moral is: As long as you keep working, your goal won’t seem so hard.



Fun & Games

I’m so excited. It’s the annual state carnival! I waited all year for this. Funnel cake, snow cones, games, and my most favorite–the ferris wheel!

My mom drops me off at the carnival, and I run straight to all the games. One, two, three–I knock down all the ducks. The man behind the counter hands me a huge stuffed marshmallow. It looks just like me! I call it Sticky M. Junior.

Next, I walk over to the ferris wheel. I wait in line, then get in the little car. Sitting next to me is another marshmallow! His name is Candy. We get to know a lot about each other throughout the ride.

I tell him my parents named me Sticky M. because I love to eat sticky food. He says he loves to eat candy! The ride is soon over, but we will stay friends always.



Billy’s Birthday

Jadestone is a girl who has green hair, green shoes, and a green jacket. Billy is a marshmallow who is short and soft. The two are good friends, and they’re alike in many ways. Billy is three years old, so he can’t actually care for himself. Jadestone takes care of him. They do everything together, except battle evil lords. Billy does have serious issues with those guys.

Anyway, today is Billy’s fourth birthday. He woke up and hopped downstairs. He tripped, fell, and landed straight on Jadestone.

“Happy Birthday!” she yelled. Billy was so scared, he hid under the couch while Jadestone laughed. But when Billy came out, the whole house was decorated with balloons and cake.

Billy went straight to the table, and Jadestone served him his life-sized unicorn cake. She also handed him his gift–Tim the teddy bear, which Billy had always wanted.

“Thank you!” he screamed. Since he was so happy, Jadestone invited his other marshmallow friends, Sticky M, and Candy, to come over to the house. They gave him gifts and ate lots of cake.


Widen Writers Hop from Character to Character

Ms. Garner’s 10:30 class loved working together, trading story ideas, helpful tips, and questions about each other’s writing. We even had some students turn into characters and hop from story to story, going on wild genre-bending adventures that hopped from poetry to adventure stories to journalistic interviews, and right back again.

Emily Beyda
Badgerdog Teaching Artist


The Dog

The dog loves to go to the restaurant on a log
But the dog can’t see because of the fog
The dog isn’t cool
So it was a fool every day
All the other dogs rule
All the other dogs like to go to the pool
With a stool



Bouncy Shoes

White tight springs with things
Walking with those and talking along
Having to think what to say when people ask—what are those?
When they do that to you, say that they are shoes
with springs on the bottom
I have them
How are those there? How do you walk normally?




Swag is all about being cool and leather jackets and cool hair like Christopher. Swag is when you walk very cool down the hallway and then you fall. Swag is when you talk like a diva and when you post things on YouTube. That’s swag, too!



The Mysterious Stranger

It looks like the mysterious stranger is camping. Or like he’s helping someone, like those helicopter dudes when people call out for help. Like he’s talking to someone. Maybe he’s helping an animal. It looks like he’s rock climbing. There may be another person holding the rope on the other side. The rocks are skinny enough to hurt you if you fall, sharp and skinny. You can see a waterfall behind him. It looks like it’s about to rain. Some liquid is already running down the hill.




Candyland smells really sweet. It tastes sweet, looks sweet, and feels smooth. It looks tasty and sounds crunchy. It’s the best place in the world. You can eat as much candy as you want. The clouds are made of cotton candy. The grass is made of dum-dum pops. But then the lake starts moving and then godzilla comes out of the ground, and a kracken comes out of the sea. They bring out their gum guns and shoot gum everywhere to make it sticky. They try to take over candy world!



Alien Welcome Letter

Hello, Aliens!

My town is really awesome because there’s a lot of cool stuff, and I wish y’all could come because if y’all came, I’d play videogames with y’all and we would do awesome stuff.




A long time ago, there were tornados. And dinosaurs. It all started with a tornado that got bigger and bigger with dinosaurs. We called it a dinonado. Then it came near a village. The people who lived there gathered weapons, arrows, and armor, and they started to attack the dinonado. They didn’t know how to stop it, so then they went back in time to get help. They managed to stop dinonado by throwing a bomb in it, and the world was safe… for now.



The Worst Violent Place

It smells like someone or something died and started to rot. It tastes like rats because you eat them, and you also eat people who accidentally died. Ew! You can feel a bunch of rats and grubs everywhere, and it feels like you are going to die. You can see dead people everywhere, and sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can see someone getting murdered. You can hear screams in almost every direction and a guy who murders people is on the loose. There are murderers and dead people and cobras everywhere, and dead fish, dead mice, dead hamsters. Basically, everyone and everything is either a zombie or dead, and nothing and no one is pure. Nothing can survive there. It is the one and only place; the place where people die.



The Alien’s Story

I am an alien, but when I was just three years old, I got lost right after we saw the first human. When I was five, I learned that every time I died I would come back to life. I became immortal. After that, I lived until I was thirty-six (it was my fifty-fifth life), when something called World War One came along. I was in the war, and yes, after World War One came along, I was sick of the earth. Can you come pick me up? When you get here, please get rid of Donald Trump. Also, please bring a time travel machine so I can fix the earth.




The water falls
In between the walls
A body or rock
Where people walk
People walk and talk and mock the rock



Interview with Eli

Eli is a gamer. He likes playing “Grand Theft Auto” and “Call of Duty,” like me. He is interested in doing everything. We both don’t like Donald Trump. If Trump becomes our president, we will be trapped.



The Bad Haircut

Someone went to get a haircut, but the barber didn’t do what she wanted. She got mad. She was running in the woods, and she had flowers in her hair, and her hair looked like grass.



The Chihuahua

A crazy chihuahua wants a shadow so bad, but a girl steals a shadow and now she has the shadow! The crazy chihuahua kills the girl, and then the girl and the shadow die, so the chihuahua starts crying because she still doesn’t have a shadow.



Dancing Bear

Dancing bear wants to be a dinosaur, but the other dancing bears are judging him and laughing at him, so he makes a potion to turn himself into a dinosaur, but instead he turns into a… demon dancing bear! Now, every time someone has a party, he goes and breaks everything in their house.



Frack Master

Frack Master is a man on TV
He looks like he has money
He likes to be on TV
Just like me



The Gamer

There was a gaming competition, and the gamers were going to stay there a while, so they bought pepsis and Pringles. Every gamer brought his keyboard and was trying to win. There were two teams, the green team and the orange team. Then it was time for the finals—one green guy versus one orange guy. But it was a tie! Once more they played, and the green guy got one more point. The green team won the game!


Widen Elemendary Early Morning Writers


Ms. Garner’s eight o’ clock class at Widen Elementary wrote themselves right back into the dreams they had just woken up from, creating imaginary worlds full of princesses, treehouses, and crazy plot twists. This class loved using the senses to transport their readers to unknowable places, adding silly details to make each other laugh. Every sharing session on the carpet at the end of class finished with giggles!

Emily Beyda
Badgerdog Teaching Artist



I smell the city air.
I taste the good restaurants.
I tough the beautiful things.
I hear people talking.
I see the light, sparkling through the night.



The Park

Today is a sunny day. There are three people I’m thinking of—a turtle in the water and a girl with a mustache and a dog barking at the birds. They all see something in common, the beautiful sun.



The Dragon

Once upon a time, there was a girl, and she saw a dragon by itself, so she wanted it. But her dog was looking at them both, and he was jealous. So in the end, she didn’t get the dragon.



Cookies-and-Cream World

I smell vanilla cookies and cream. I taste the delicious cookies and ice cream. I touch my fluffy pink cookies-and-cream kitten. I hear my cookies-and-cream song. I see my best friends in my cookies-and-cream world, eating cookies-and-cream ice cream. After that, I eat all the candy. It’s too much sugar, and I go crazy and destroy the world!



The Treehouse

The treehouse made out of steel
Hope the treehouse might not fall
Or else you have to repair it at the mall
Make it stronger, so much fun
Let your child play with water guns
It was so fun, let’s play again
Go ahead
But don’t let the snake shed!



The End of the World

If I found out it was the end of the world in ten minutes, I would buy or steal a space suit. Then I would get in my space suit and my space shuttle and go to space. But before I took off, I would get space food. Then I would go to space. I would go to Titan and take my space suit off, and I would make the aliens build me and my family and my dogs a giant house.



Friday Fun

Friday, Friday, Friday fun.
Every Friday something new,
Like swimming in your own milk, too!
It feels like Friday again.
Starting on the game,
Playing online.
Mom and Dad say, “Go outside!”



The Chicken Princess

There once lived a princess, and she had a dog. One day, they were hungry, so they went to a restaurant. But when they got there, the princess started pooping out chickens! Every time she pooped out a chicken, it exploded, and they exploded the whole earth. They went to Mars, but that exploded, too! They had to go to Jupiter to escape, but then they exploded it, and no one was ever seen or heard from again.



Jesse Writes a Book

A girl named Jesse was outside. She noticed it was a perfect day to write a story about her day. When it was night time, she went to bed and fell asleep. She would continue on the next day. She ate breakfast and continued writing.



Minecraft World

One day, I was chillin’ outside. I was chillin’ until it was time to go in. I was texting my friend, but then I fell asleep. I woke up and saw that I was a Minecraft boy! It was awesome. Instead of chillin’, I made a three-story house. I was walking to the house and then I fell in a hole! I saw I was in blocky town. I smelled pumpkin pie and saw a creeper. I heard the pigs oinking and then I went to dinner. I tasted golden apples and touched my pig’s and sheep’s heads.



Rascal and Brandon

Brandon lived in the forest. He had a wolf named Rascal, and they were often trying to find teammates so they could battle other people. One day, he was roaming the jungle when he saw another person following him. It was a great and powerful giant tiger. He was determined to battle with him.



The End of the World

Dear Journal,

The world will end in ten minutes. I’m running from room to room gathering supplies, like my family, food, a first-aid kit, and water. A lot of it! Then I will run outside, go to the store, and get some toys to stay amused. Next, I will get everything out. I will not pay! I will get a gun and an axe. I’ll get a radio and a flashlight. Sorry, I need to stop. There are only two minutes left, and I forgot I have to go to the metal shelter. Well, byeee!



Emma’s World

Once, there was a girl named Emma who lived on a farm. She found a cow in her neighbor’s house, then she went to her friend’s house and started making up songs, but one of her friends started dancing, and everyone stopped and started looking at him and laughing at him.



No Fruit!

I like fruit.
I don’t like fruit
It tastes like avocados and poop.



Two Silly Poems


You sing like birds
Birds sing like you
Everything sings
Beautiful like you


I see water
I see rivers
I see waterfalls
Man, now I need to potty!




I will be invisible because nobody can see me. My mom and dad can’t see me either, and I will go, “Ha ha, Mom and Dad!” I will hug my little brother and sister and I will go, “Ha ha ha! You will get me something to drink!” And I will go to their room and scare them, but I will get hurt and no one will help me.



The Leprechaun

Once, there was a little girl who saw something green. When she got close, she saw it was a leprechaun.

The leprechaun said, “I’ll give you three wishes.”

The girl’s first wish was to get into Candy Land. Poof! She was in a world that smelled like nothing but sweets. She took a big bite of cotton candy hearts. She touched the twirly licorice chains on the swings. She heard gingerbread kids playing, she fell in love, and forgot about the other two wishes.

She left the leprechaun waiting forever, but that’s a different story.



The Turtle’s Adventure

Once upon a time, a killer gingerbread man was killed by a banana, but his little brother survived and turned into a turtle.

One day, a shark came and knocked on the door and said, “Can I use your bathroom?”

The turtle said yes, but he was afraid of the shark, so he left the house and walked to Walgreen’s and got some medicine. Next he went to McDonald’s to see his best friend Josh.

Josh had three jobs. He worked at McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Walgreen’s. They ate their favorite burger together—a Big Mac.


You Have to Read This!

Every Friday morning for six weeks, The Writing Penguins, a group of fourth-grade students at Widen Elementary, took me on an adventure. What started as a collaborative story, starring a mischievous penguin, turned into a collection of tales full of danger, imagination, and wacky characters. I loved working with these writers because they constantly surprised me–their stories often had twists, a mysterious object, or a new character in an unexpected setting. I found myself racing home to find out what the princess discovered in the glowing notebook or how the penguin escaped from the mall. Their creativity extended beyond the work itself, though.  These writers never lost their sense of playfulness and Ms. Garner’s classroom was the place where the writing process itself became an adventure. Their energy made the act of storytelling come to life, and I loved the moments when an eager writer waved me over to read a new line of dialogue or to tell me about a new writing technique they wanted to try. This introduction is my hand, shooting into the air, waving you over, saying, You have to read this.

Cory Mac Pherson
Badgerdog Teaching Artist


Penguin and Eagle Adventures

Chapter 1

The penguin went to Schlitterbahn and got in trouble because he moved the arcade. Major, a security guard, went after Penguin Jr. who found a coin. He threw the twenty-five cent coin and the police got distracted, but they got back on Junior, only Junior left Schlitterbahn. He was thinking, Run for your life!

He found his hot tub car had run out of gas, so he went to the snowy forest. He got lost there, but five days later, Eagle found him. While he was thinking, he was rich.

Chapter 2

Eagle and Penguin built a home, and then they saw somebody. It was a winter bunny. At Christmas, they were still in the forest, and the bunny helped, but Junior said to Eagle, “I don’t know if we should trust him.” But they trusted him, so Junior talked with Eagle and Bunny and said, “Guys, let’s build an animal city.” And Eagle is a bald eagle. Everybody was thinking, Welcome, Hi!

Brandon Guerrero


Toothless and His Hat

Once upon a time, there was a dragon. It shot fire from his mouth. The dragon’s name was Toothless. He had no teeth, but he was a very dangerous dragon. And he loved his hat. It was gray. It was a Nike hat. It’s what gave him get fire-breath. If he did not have his hat, he would die!!

Toothless found his hat inside a magical door. He was from a very dangerous place named Dragonville. Dragonville is a place full of dragons just like him. One day, he went back to Dragonville, and he was really surprised. “Where’s my hat?” The whole thing looked like it had been torn apart. He now went back home slowly and his gray Nike hat was gone!!


Savage Cabin


There was a very lonely kid who lived in an old wooden cabin in the woods. His name was Mike, and Mike had a magical cord set that randomly helped him depending on what number he got when he pulled one out. Plus, it never ran out of cards.

There was also lots of magic in the forest, like dragons, evil wizards, witches, poisonous bats, elemental bats, and earthworms. There was also special pollen from trees that was used with water to make poisonous water, shrinking potions, enlarging potions, and invisibility potions.

Mike lived in the woods because he got lost and could never get out. Mike had an unbreakable set of armor with a sword that caught flames. One day, he found a magical electric wolf cub that had been injured and was hiding in a tree. Mike took care of it, and they became friends.

Rodolfo Sanchez

Princess Margaret Rose (as bridesmaid on the occasion of Princess Elizabeth's wedding to Philip of Greece, Duke of Edinburgh) by Dorothy Wilding - November, 1947

Bad Princess

There was a princess who was mean and selfish. She was selfish because she never had friends when she was little. She had a lot of things, but one day she had found a notebook her dad had hidden in the dungeon. The dungeon was black and leaky and wet. She was looking for her doll, and she found it and saw there was a glow around it. When she was about to open the journal, her dad saw her and ran to close it. Her dad told her, “Do not come down here ever again!”

The princess was trying to be nice, but the next night when nobody was awake, she went down to the dungeon and got the notebook and opened it. It was magical. It didn’t have notes, and it didn’t have pictures. Instead, it had videos inside of it, but the videos were of her and her mom who passed away. She saw that her mother was being kind and unselfish and the princess said to herself, “Why am I being selfish and mean?”

She married a handsome prince and lived happily ever after.

Jaleen Malagon

Police Motorbike

Bad Penguin

There was once a penguin that lived in the mall, and he made a big mess. An officer saw him and went to go catch him. He was chasing him and he got in a slap and snap. But the penguin ran. The officer got close and the penguin was scared, but the officer got back up. All of the officers looked around until he ran, and they almost got his taser but he was fine. Penguin lived in the mall because someone took him.

Josue Bazaldua

Gingerbread house

The Penguin in the Gingerbread Castle

A penguin didn’t like Antarctica. She kept trying and trying, but she couldn’t get out. She tried to fly, but she was too cold. She tried to swim, but the water was too cold. She tried to walk across the water, but the ice kept breaking. She even tried to make a boat. It exploded, so she started crying, but then she got an idea. She was so cold, but she had to give it a try. So, she made a slingshot. Then she flew quickly all the way to Fantasyland, and KC lived in a sweet gingerbread house and got married to Hershey’s candy.



Timmy Died

Timmy had 12,000 dollars. He wanted to buy a blue mini-iPad but his dad said, “I’m sleeping all day,” so he stole his dad’s key and drove his blue car. He crashed, and the blue car exploded and his dad made him a blue funeral.



Penguins Live in Malls!

One day, a penguin named John and his girlfriend named Kimberly were having dinner. Out of nowhere, the light went off and they got scared so they went to Target. They stole some candles and went back to their house, which was in the mall in a store Forever 21. They lit up the candles. Now they were safe, but they saw a black thing running and they got really scared. They said at the same time, “Hey, who are you in a black suit?” and he did not respond, so they said it again, “Hey, who are you in a black suit?” and he did not respond, so they were about to leave their house because it was haunted by a ghost.

Lidzy Zaragoza Santos

Cae a tarde no río Furelos

A Big Brother in the Giant Creek

About twenty-five years ago, there was a giant creek near Big Brother’s house. One day, he snuck through the fence. He got lost quickly. He found a cone that was like a cylinder. He found a lighter. With the top of the cone, he made a torch. He found a rusty, beat-up machete and used it to hunt animals so he could survive.

Thirty years later, he found his brother. The brother was named Noah, and the older brother was named Elias. One of them got shot accidentally. “Hi Noah,” said Elias.



A Family Penguin Who Moved in a Swimming Pool

One day, a big family of penguins moved into a pool, but it was not cold enough and they grew worried. One week later, the father penguin found ice, lots of ice, so he called his family to help him put the ice in the water so it would be cold.

Two days later, the water was cold and they were happy, until two kids showed up to go swimming. The kids saw penguins, but the penguin attacked the two kids when they got scared. Then the penguins had an idea to fight back for their home. They built block-walls, a roof, a door, and a few fences. They were ready for war.

The war went on for eight years. Many people were hurt, but the penguins were not hurt. Then, when two weeks passed by, the people surrendered. They did not want more people to get hurt, so the penguins won The War of The Pool.

Joe Angel


The Penguin Who Ran Away from the Cops

A penguin in the mall started to make a big mess. First, the penguin found a hair brush he could use to break glass.

When he got to the highway, he found a movie theater my cousin used to work at. But, unfortunately, it was abandoned because another movie theater was getting more money. So, Penguin Jr. opened the door and saw bats and worms. Little Penguin Jr. Loved to eat worms in the abandoned theater. He took some home to eat and he lost the cops by blowing them up.

Penguin Jr. said, “Ahh, what a stress relief by making a mess at the mall.” But the big explosion to kill the cops made all of the cops all over the world come after all of the penguins in Antarctica! So, Penguin Jr. set off on a big journey to kill all of the cops. Again!

Gianna Lorenza Gonzales


H-E-B Penguin

The young penguin is in H-E-B running and walking, so the other penguin comes from the Antarctic to save him, but he gets lost. The young penguin got into a lot of stuff, like hot chips, which burned his mouth. The penguin tried to find a drink. Then he found water and tried to open the bottle. He couldn’t, so he ran around until it went away. And when he ran around, he knocked every shelf over. When the penguin knocked over the shelf, the shelf went, crash, cooos, crash!


An Adelie Royal penguin, Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-14 / photographer Harold Hamilton

Penguin Who Gets in Trouble All the Time

A penguin lived in a castle. He was cooking a meal for his family, and the other penguin found a lime. He squirted it and it got in everybody’s eyes. Then he asked everybody if they were okay, but he didn’t get it in everybody’s eyes. . . He squirted himself!

Then, when he was taking the meal to the family, there was a toy in the way, so the cook tripped over it and flew across the table and got all over the king’s face. The old king got angry, and he gave the cake cook a warning. But when the king gave the cook a warning, the king heard a big noise. When the king went to go look, he saw the cook covered in paint.


Tallahassee Mall Santa Claus with Vincent Nelson: Tallahassee, Florida

Penguin Trouble

The penguin lives in Santa’s house. The problem is both penguins found Santa and Santa was the dad and both penguins were Santa’s kids. Santa got mad when they got lost, so Santa grounded them.

Both the penguins found a machine, and the machine could teleport them. Charlie and Sam, the penguins, pressed a button to teleport to New York. They both made a mess in New York, and the machine could take them back in time (the machine could take them back four days ago). They pressed a button that took them to the past. Both penguins were surprised they made a mess and went back home, but something happened when they went home.

They found the time machine in the mall. They found the time machine because they needed to go back home. The penguins are Santa’s kids because Santa found the two penguins, and Santa wanted to take care of them.


Image from page 22 of "Annual report of the Police Commissioner for the City of Boston" (1906)

Penguin Getaway

The penguin got hit by a truck but survived and took the truck. But the cops came after him. He threw cloth in the cops’ faces so they could not see. Those first cops crashed, but more came to get them. The penguin got a fast car and got away.

A penguin went to a store. The cops tried to kill him, so he found a time machine and went back in time and got weapons. He went back in time and killed the guys, but they did not die so he kept hitting them. It didn’t work, but he made everybody freeze, so he went to unfreeze them. It did not work, so he talked to Santa. That helped.


The Bigfoot Storytellers

On my first day of workshop with The Bigfoot Storytellers, these fourth-grade students were lined up in the hallway, waiting to go into the classroom. I could hear them whispering to each other: “That’s Badgerdog,” as though I was some sort of celebrity. After I introduced myself and explained the main elements of narrative, I asked if they had any questions. They had many, including what I liked to write, how long Badgerdog has been around, and when I knew I wanted to be Badgerdog. It became clear to me that they thought I was Badgerdog–some sort of mythic wordsmith creature–as though a person could embody the entire program (and a badger and a dog somehow). It seems impossible, but this group of students had such a talent for storytelling and a reverence for the writing process that when I picture each of them now, I see the stories living in their bodies, flickering in their eyes. Their energy and belief in the power of narrative showed me how a person can be a mythic wordsmith creature; Ms. Garner’s classroom was full of them. Each one of the following writers is Badgerdog.

Cory Mac Pherson
Badgerdog Teaching Artist

Oude kaart van Egypte (17e eeuw)/ Old map of Egypt (17th century)


The kids got lost and they found a map and they went back home and gave their mom and dad a hug. They started crying. The mom and dad said, “I love you,” and the kids said, “I love you too.” And they fell asleep.

Fortunately, they went on a trip. The kids loved it, and the mom and dad did too. The mom and dad hugged each other and they said, “Love you more.” And then the mom said, “I love you more, honey.” The kids were running.


Project 366 #296: 221012 I Hold The Key

Big Foot’s House

One day Big Foot was in a house. No one knew he was in the house. Then one day, a little boy named Alex was playing with a light bulb, and no one knew why. He did not have a house or a mom or dad. He was lost. Then a day later, he found a strange-looking house. Alex looked in there, but unfortunately, the door was locked. So he went to the back door. Unfortunately, it was locked too. He was lucky because he felt something. It was a key. Then he got the key and went to go show his friends. His friends were like, “Ooohhh, let me see it.”


Project 365 #129: 090511 Beautiful Rain

Bigfoot’s Kids

The Bigfoot kids were bored and found a Rubik’s cube and started playing with it. Unfortunately, it broke because the Bigfoot kids played rough with it. So, after that, they told Bigfoot and he found some glue and glued it and let it dry and then the little fur balls played with it outside. It began to rain, and they were all wet and went inside and dried off.


A Nice Cup Of Coffee And A Cake?


Unfortunately, the baby ate donuts and got fatter and fatter and he exploded donuts. The nice mom said excitedly, “What happened? What did you do?” The baby did not know how to talk, so he said, “Donuts,” and the baby went to buy more donuts with milk. Then the baby turned into a donut with sprinkles.


Crying Baby

The Baby That Never Stopped Crying

Unfortunately, the baby got electrocuted and started to cry the whole time, all day, all week, every day. The parents were on vacation and the came back, and the baby cried even louder to get their attention. The parents were worried, and they ran and tried to find the baby. Then they went to get groceries and the baby started to cry again. Then the parents went back home with their kids and the baby started to cry again and the baby started crying even louder. Then the parents went to the party and they got a lot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and they became millionaires. They bought a new house and they bought all of the Jordans and they got a lot more money and became richer and bought a Mustang and got hats and they got in a wreck but they bought a new Mustang.


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Crazy Monkey

It helps because they took a shower when the parents were at dinner. Mostly, Bob sunk his whole face in the water and looked crazy. Good thing their parents were rich.



Mr. Sun’s Son Has a Bad Day

Mr. Sun wanted to cook, so he did. He had four children, two girls and two boys. Then he was cooking. Then one of his children went outside on the balcony and then one of Mr. Sun’s sons fell off the balcony! Then Mr. Sun didn’t know what to do so he got one of his cooking utensils and started to save his son before he fell in the ocean. Then he held his huge giant big spoon out. Then his son landed on the big spoon and then soon the dinner was ready. So they sat down and ate chicken and rice and then one of them never fell off the balcony again.

He wanted to cook because he was hungry and he wanted something to eat. He fell off the balcony because he was looking at the beautiful ocean. Then that was why he wanted to cook and that is why the boy fell off the balcony.

Veronica Horton

People's tower and Captain's palace (before 1282); Minerva's temple (about 50-25 BC) - Assisi

Mike the King

Mike the King left his tower and forgot his keys in the house. His house was locked up, and he found a way to get in and he found a dog in his house and the dog tore his money and his studio. The dog tore up his money because he found something in his money.


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Gum Blue Turned Green!

Gum Blue always has to eat gum, but one time he ate something green, a lime. So he turned green. And he was green forever, so he has to eat limes for now and forever. He would never turn another color. He will forget his friends from his school because his friends won’t know him if he is green and his friends are blue. Gum Blue really had so much fun.


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Pool Party

The kids went back to the house and they found a burger yo-yo and they tried to eat it, but it was too hard to bite, so they decided to break the burger and the dad was mad at them.


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Party Night

Ashlee lived in a beautiful castle with glass windows and a garden with a swing and butterflies. And one day she thought, I should have a trivia night. But when she told her friends, they made up excuses because they didn’t like the idea. Then she got a message. It said, “Come to my party. Emma, Lisa, Avry, and Alexa will be there.” Ashlee got mad and texted back, “No, thanks. I have plans.” Then she thought and had burgers and pizza while they played gold horse. Then she asked them why they went to the party instead of going to her house and they explained. And Ashlee said, “Next time, just say and let’s stay friends.”



Danger Baby

The baby found a tape measure and he poked out his dad’s eyes, and they had to go to the hospital. Then they had to go all the way home and clean the huge humongous house.
Hi, I’m Aaliyah. This is about me. I’m a vampire. It’s a club for vampires and I just started going to the club.

D’Yara Williams


The Story About Cry Thunder

One day Cry Thunder went to Mexico, where her parents died, and she dug up the skeletons. It was alive!! She tried to smile. She smiled for two seconds and her mom was alive. She asked if her dad was, but sadly he wasn’t. She cried ten hours in a row. It was so cool.


“Sorry, Sweety” FYI I’m the mom of Cry Thunder. So, um, where were we? Oh, um, after she stopped crying, she made a castle just for me! So we lived there.
“Mom, where are you?” Oh no, I have to go. Bye

Okay, I’m back. I know it’s been a long time since I’ve spoken to you, and I think you are wondering how I’m alive or shouldn’t I be dead by now. Well, I am a superhero.

O.M.G. Cry Thunder is now more powerful. And she married Batman! Well, actually I forced her, but she did it! The new powers that she has are zapping people and making the whole world freeze. Oh, and making the clouds black and making fire and lava. And now we live in Pennsylvania. She dyed her hair red because red is the color of blood. She loved it.

Okay, one day, one of Batman’s friends invited her to a party (and Batman, too, of course). The party was a costume party, so she dressed as a kitty cat. Superman, the cutest boy, was there. Batman was like, “Oh, no. Superman is here. Cry Thunder better not dump me for him.” But Cry Thunder fell in love with Superman, and so she walked up to him and said, “You’re like a thousand bright stars in my charming eyes.” They kept talking. Batman got so jealous he almost killed Superman! Cry Thunder stopped him, and she said, “I can’t believe you would kill him!” She started crying and running away.


Alone in the sea

The Party

When they dropped the remote into the sea, the water turned into electric water. When they put the goggles on, they did not get electricity, but they did not have air to make it up to get air. But there was only one pair, so if they wanted to go to the movie, only one could go. But then the smart one came up and made a diluter. Now they could go anywhere, but every two hours they would be gone. But if you were them, then you would be gone too. So the smart one came up with another good idea. But when rain hits it then the bridge will turn into electric eel. They got a party for the smart one, but the little baby fell in and died. Then the smart one made him come back to life. After the little one came back to life, Godzilla and King Adora started fighting. When the smart one tried to take them out, he turned into Godzilla, and the baby turned into King Adora. But at that time, Godzilla came up and tried to fight them. When they were done fighting, they changed back to normal. They turned the world into zombies but then. . .



Why Big Foot is Always Mad

Big Foot’s children found a candle and lit it and then they dropped it and lit the castle on fire. Lucky for them, their dad woke up and got the fire extinguisher and blew the fire out. The kids got in trouble, and since then, they do not have candles in the castle. But then Bigfoot did not tell the mom that they could not buy candles anymore. So the mom bought candles. They had to hide them from the children, and they have not found them yet. But finally the kids found the candles and set the dad on fire. He got angry. They were grounded. Of course they are teenagers, so they are troublemakers. Their names are Julia, Destiny, and Anthony.

Ice feathers

A Country Life

This is a story about Krastenia Heart. It was a cold winter day on the ranch. It was also raining. And the roads had iced, so no one could go anywhere. Krastenia decided to watch TV while she was waiting to go outside, but she really didn’t want to go outside because it was cold. Yawn. “Can someone get me the remote? I’m too tired.” Krastenia stayed on the couch and watched TV. After a while, her mom came inside and said, “Why aren’t you outside?!” “Because I’m so tired!”



The Day the Cubs Got Eaten

The three little cubs got bored in the castle, so they decided to play dress-up. There were three cubs and one judge and one little cub put on a polka-dot dress and got five points. And the other little cub put on a DJ costume and got seven points, and they competed until whichever cub got the most points. Then they started to argue because one cub got the most points and got a trophy, and the other cub got mad because he didn’t win anything. They started to fight, and they fell out the window and said, “Ahhh!” Donkey Kong ate them for dessert with sprinkles and Skittles. Inside Donkey Kong’s stomach, the three little cubs decided how they were going to get out. Yeah, that’s right, the three little cubs were still alive, and they found a busted chainsaw and they cut out Donkey Kong’s stomach and Donkey Kong said, “No, I’ve been defeated!” And the three little cubs said, “Hooray!” because they defeated Donkey Kong and they made a pact to never argue again.


St Andrew Street in the 1923 Floods

The Worst Day in Life

Once they got home, they put their headbands on and then started running and running. Once they got back, they called that number and told them they needed more headband. And when they got more headbands, they all ran together everyday. Now that they are old, they can’t run together every day. Now that they are old, they can’t run together. Now they run alone fast by themselves. They wouldn’t stop running around in the world. Once they were done running, they met up and went to parties. They had the time of their lives. They even moved to Los Angeles, Austin, Mexico, Canada, even New York. They had the time of their lives going to different countries and cities. They went to go buy some Jordans to wear to a party. And stayed there a while. They never want to go running. Once they got out, there was rain, thunder, floods, and tornados. It was crazy over there. They had a burglar get in the building, and the people had a lockdown. They were having a bad day but it was just a prank. Her brother set it up. “What happened?” said the sister. “You just got pranked,” said the brother. “Why?” said the sister. “You haven’t been running with me.” Then Super Flash asked if Cry Thunder could come to my party. Then they arrived at the party and Cat Woman came too.



How She Became a Hero

One rainy day, a little girl and her family went to China. Later, a plane crashed in a house. The little girl and her family ended up in a hospital. The little girl got hit by lightning. The little girl had surgery. When she got out of the hospital, her parents took her to the edge of a cliff. When the little girl was dancing, she fell off the cliff. She started crying. When she was crying, it started to rain and lightning. Her parents picked her up like magic and carried her back to the airport to go back to Austin.

One night, she was invited to a costume party. Her mom was dropping her off there but she forgot to put on her costume. Even so, when she knocked on the door, her friend answered and said, “Amazing costume, Nifemi.” The little girl remembered her name. It was Nifemi.