‘I guess you think you know this story. You don’t. The real one’s much more gory. The phoney one, the one you know, was cooked up years and years ago, and made to sound all soft and sappy, just to keep the children happy.’ – Extract from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes We want you to choose a classic fairytale and twist it into something brand new! Drag those dusty old stories into the 21st century! Don’t know any fairytales? Come to the Children’s library we have loads! Maybe Cinderella got a text message from Prince Charming to invite her to the ball or Prince Charming was inflicted with a terrible curse which meant he turned into a duck on the strike of twelve! You decide where the fairytales are set and what the characters within them get up to. But the most important thing of all is there has to be a twist that was not in the original tale. Let your imagination go silly! The story must be no more then two pages long on A4 or one page on A3. You can include illustrations and you can either write you story in the traditional storybook format or if you’re a budding artist you could try doing it in a comic book style. But the most important thing of all is to be creative! Entries must be handed in by 23rd February and the winner will be announced on March 4th, which is world book day! Stuck for ideas? Here are a few tips to get you started! Become your character. What do they find annoying? What makes them happy? Close your eyes and place yourself in their shoes. Imagine a typical day for them. Write down what they had for breakfast that morning - what is their favourite cereal? What are they wearing - do they have a particular item of clothing they always like to wear? What places do they visit? How do they get there? Do they meet anyone? Draw pictures to help build up this imaginary world. Now that you know everything there is to know about your characters, start writing your story. You can even use real events that happened in your own life. Place your character in the centre of them and see how they would react differently in that situation. How would the wolf from little red riding hood behave during a parents evening? The more bonkers the idea the better! Don’t worry about starting from the beginning. Decide on how you want it to end and try to figure out what events happened to lead up to this. Start writing your story backwards, forwards or even from the middle! Whatever works for you. Use a thesaurus to find alternative, strange and fun words that you’ve never heard of before. You could even use a rhyming dictionary to help you! Remember that you’re writing as somebody else. Try to think how they would speak differently to you. When you’ve finished writing your story read it aloud to yourself. It will help you catch any mistakes you may have made. We’ve provided templates in this pack to help you get started with your story.
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