A while ago, I tried to get Connor to practice his writing skills by allowing him space on this site to write whatever he wanted. He wrote a few posts for “Connor’s Corner” but the interest quickly faded. Lesson learned. So, when Holly started mentioning she wanted to write some posts for me, I was hesitant. I want to encourage her, but based on previous experience with her brother, showing the same interest is the best way to discourage her. It must have worked because not only did she write something, she came up with her own name for a column, helped me create the button, and has mentioned it to her entire class. So, welcome to a new feature written by and designed by Holly, however long it lasts!
Happy Halloween! Because of this holiday, I’m going to review my mother’s favorite Halloween book from when my brother and I were babies: The Runaway Pumpkin
The Runaway Pumpkin starts when two boys, Buck and Billy Baxter, wanter up a hill with their little sister, Lil. And there they found a fat pumpkin. Lil tries to warn her bumbling, big-head brothers, but they snap it from its stem. As poor Lil watches them roll it, slowly but then much faster, she looked down and saw disaster! The runaway pumpkin continues to crash into farmhouses. Is it stopped? Read The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis.
This is Mrs. Dean. I came across the link to your book review as I was reading through my Twitter feed. How exciting it is to have a published post on the web! You did a great job with the synopsis. Your cliffhanger was all I needed to pique my interest in the book. I see you had the opportunity to read it to the class (again on Twitter). Did they enjoy it? I look forward to more of your reviews.
I suppose they liked it. I got nervous and read it with little fervor. So I think they were bored. Next I’m going to do one of my favorite classics! Keep reading! -Holly
Great job, Holly! I have so many good memories of reading picture books to my kids when they were little. I look forward to reading more of your reviews.
Thank you so much! I read lots of classics, so my next review is on a classics book. Keep reading! – Holly
Love this!!! I try to get any teen reader friends of my sons to guest review. Not many takers.
Thanks, Anita! Yes, Connor showed enthusiasm until he realized that it actually took a bit of work to write something regularly. He ended up dropping his column like a hot potato relatively quickly. Holly first expressed interest in having her own blog, but I quickly said no to that idea. She’s too young, and I don’t want her to have to worry about such things just yet. I thought the weekly feature would be a great way for her to get a taste of what it is like. Then, when she turns 13 in a few years, and if she is still interested, she’ll have a better idea of everything having a blog entails. I really do hope she lasts longer than her brother. She is so excited about it, and I know her teacher is just as excited to see her writing.