Then there's the joke challenge - a fun diversion in the few down minutes between running back and forth from the Los Angeles Ballroom to the California Showcase. Last year I won a joke draw, which motivated me further. The challenge this time - to write a headline showing how characters from children's literature are adjusting to the recession. I submitted four jokes this year, and none of them were drawn. I don't want to waste them, so here are my leftovers:
* Rapunzel sells hair - Prince climbs tower with grappling hook
* Pinocchio forced to cut off extra nose for kindling
* Emperor shops for new clothes at Goodwill
* Alice subdivides Wonderland
One more thing - the kid's pov - an interview with children on what books they're reading and why (see my last post) will now be a regular feature of this blog. Look for upcoming interviews with young readers here soon!