Winners in the Create a New Story Title Contest

Photo of the DVD case for Scholastic's Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics Thinpak. An image from Where the Wild Things Are is visible on the front.

As always, it was tough whittling down the approximately 355 contest entries to just 5 winners. Here are the winners of Scholastic’s Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics DVD Thinpak in Thingamababy’s Create a New Story Title Contest.

But first! …My plug: For kids who watch videos, this is precisely the type of media to consume… a bridge between books and TV, with imagery direct from the books. Scholastic stories have slow-moving and longer pausing (non-ADHD) camera movements. And as an all-in-one pack, it’s much cheaper and easier than buying individual DVDs.

Now, the winners…

Title: Ducklings, ducklings, GOOSE!

AJ says: Creative wordplay and a potentially real story.
1. Make way for ducklings
2. Make way for ducklings (Spanish Version)
3. Goose
—Anjii from Abbotsford, British Columbia

Title: Buzz Away Fly!

AJ says: So very simple and original, with potential, an idea that any kid quickly relates to. It could be about a clumsy kid who, distracted by a fly swirling around his head, gets into all sorts of trouble. Or, an educational story about insects.

1. Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears
2. Joey Runs Away
3. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
—Morgan H. from Oakland,Tennessee

Title: A Weekend With The Harry Fairy

AJ says: Pure humor, but who wouldn’t enjoy a story about the odd man out? Harry, the disgusting fairy, who is shunned in Flower Fairyland? He has a heart of marigold.

1) Weekend with Wendell
2) Harry The Dirty Dog
3) Harold’s Fairy Tale
—CanCan from Birmingham, Alabama

Title: 14 Rats and the Midnight Cat in the Night Kitchen

AJ says: Many people composed long, funny, inventive titles. I enjoyed this one’s juxtaposition of cats and rats and midnight with the night kitchen. When you speak it aloud it just sounds good.

1. 14 Rats and the Catcher
2. In the Night Kitchen
3. John Brown, Rose, and the Midnight Cat
—Audra from Chula Vista, California.

Title: The Teacher From the Village Under My Bed

AJ says: I want to read, watch and listen to this story. Instead of monsters, there is a bustling town under your bed. That explains all things that go bump in the night. What has the teacher journeyed topside to tell your child?

1. The Teacher From the Black Lagoon
2. The Village of Round and Square Houses
3. What’s Under My Bed?
—Chris from Massillon, Ohio.

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries. Believe me, there was much debate in our home about which titles to select. Writing them was harder than it first appeared, wasn’t it? I hope it was fun. We enjoyed it.

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One Response to “Winners in the Create a New Story Title Contest”

  1. CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) says:

    I’m so inspired by your synopsis, I think I want to actually write the story of Harry the Fairy.

    You had me laughing for a long time! (Even when I was away from the computer, which made me seem kind of weird. Luckily only my preschooler noticed.)

    October 15th, 2008 at 7:12 pm

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