© James Pyles
My eight-year-old grandson Landon has been reading books from R.L. Stine’s “Goosebumps” series and wanted to write one of his own. This is the first part of his first novel (probably more like an extended short story). The first parts he narrated word for word. Then it made more sense for him to tell me how he “plotted” out the story, and then I paraphrased what he was telling me.
He asked if I’d publish his story here on my blog so my readers could have a look. I think he’s really looking forward to your comments, so don’t be shy (do be kind, though).
Remember, this is a child’s first attempt at writing a horror story.
Chapter One: The Birthday Present
One day a kid named Dan was playing with his family on his birthday. “It’s time to open presents”, said Dad.
I said, “Okay, Dad.”
First, Dad gave me his present. I opened it. It was a little stuffed animal. There was a tag on it that said “Baby”.
It was a giraffe he found at a garage sale. It’s head was facing the wrong way. I awkwardly said “Thank you” to Dad.
Then my Mom gave me her present. I opened it up and it was a bow and arrow. I hugged my Mom and said, “Thank you.”
Then, a while after the birthday party, for a second I thought I saw the tail of the giraffe move, but I thought that maybe it was just a breeze making it move.
And then, I looked at the giraffe and it’s head went up and it looked at me. And I started screaming and running for my life.
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