So when we found out that Mo Willems is coming to our local B&N to promote Knuffle Bunny Free, the third in his ADORABLE Knuffle Bunny picture book series that Tootsie Roll and I LOVE, we were even more excited to find that two children will win autographed copies. To enter, you must submit either an original drawing or a 50 word essay on who will be Trixie's best friend once her beloved stuffed Knuffle Bunny "goes free".
So Tootsie Roll decided to do the essay, and sat down at the computer. She just started 3rd grade and is, of course, a ridiculously good word processor, and it helps that she can spell like a champ. I left the room for a bit, and by the time I came back, she had written 7 pages. SEVEN. PAGES. Of course, it was in some crazy font size like 36, but still. It was a great, touching, adorable story. I hated to explain to her that 50 words is like.... nothing, but I told her we could edit it and give the full version to Mo when we go to his signing. (See that, I all called him Mo, like we're BFFs).
(For the record, I am totally Han. Mo is totes Chewy.) So she took it to her room, and started to cross things out, and I think she took out something like 10 words on the entire first page. Then it got quiet. Then she came walking into my room and said, "Mom, I just counted the words, and 50 words is like... a quarter of one page" (this being in the slightly smaller size 24 font).
So we went back to square one and started writing from scratch. Turns out 50 words is a whole 6 sentences. Man, it was HARD to convey an idea in 6 sentences!!! Thank goodness she is a voracious reader and a blossoming little writer, she managed 50 words on the nose. It will probably only make sense if you have read the first 2 books, but here it is:
When Knuffle Bunny went free, TRIXIE REALIZED SOMETHING. She needed a new best friend. She went directly to her friend Sonja, who she knew would understand. Sonja’s Knuffle Bunny was missing, too! The girls set out to find the bunnies and found a best friendship instead. “Thank you,” Trixie said.
Mo is coming at 6:30pm but we have to get in line at 9am to get wristbands for the event. For reals. B&N is not messin' around. GOOD LUCK, T-ROLL!!!