I recently had the pleasure of working with students at the Young Authors/Young Artists Conference in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. In my sessions, we brainstormed a story outline. Then students broke into groups and were assigned different parts of the story to write. This story was written by…
May 18, 2017: Session 1
One day, Mr. Pickles the Tiger was busy cleaning his yard. He thought that he was liked by everyone because he was little, kind, and funny. He was wrong.
As Mr. Pickles finished up his yard, a blur zoomed past. Mr. Pickles looked down at his body and saw nothing but orange. Mr. Pickles covered his body and ran inside. He felt so embarrassed.
He surely didn’t want to be embarrassed, so he decided to put on a coat to cover him up. After that, he went to his neighbor, Mrs. Ladybug, and asked if she saw a person with black stripes in a bag. But she said she didn’t see anyone. It was a very mysterious mystery.
Now that he knew his stripes were gone, Mr. Pickles had to try to find them. After all he was having his driver’s license picture taken the next day!
He guessed that the criminal stripe harvester, Mr. Stripes, had taken them to his secret lair.
Mr. Pickles got bullied by a really annoying but smart monkey named Bob Carlson. That made Mr. Pickles feel sad, so he wasn’t looking where he was going. He fell into a stinky drain. The sewer managers found him there and took him to the zoo.
There, he found a map to Mr. Stripes’ secret lair under a rock in his cage.
Mr. Pickles was very hungry and was looking for food. A cheetah started talking to him, and they got into a fight. The cheetah got so mad that he broke Mr. Pickles’ leg. When Mr. Pickles started limping away, he found food right in front of him.
When he finished eating, the zoo-goers made fun of him because he was stripeless. Mr. Pickles was so embarrassed that he was walking with his head down. Then he tripped and broke his arm. But he didn’t give up. He wanted his stripes back!
The cheetah felt bad for fighting Mr. Pickles and told him where the stripe harvester lived: on Hippo Island, a remote place.
A rhino broke the gate open and saved Mr. Pickles and the cheetah.
Mr. Pickles used the map to find the lair. He found a piece of paper on the ground. It had the password to get inside. Mr. Pickles entered the lair. When he was looking for his stripes, he found a needle and a vacuum. He poked a hole in the vacuum and got his stripes back!
After that, he threw a party. Then, the next day, he got his new license.
The police found Mr. Stripes and arrested him.
As for Mr. Pickles, he had made more friends on his adventure, and he became popular.