Birthday Writing Contest and Some New Blog Stuff!

20 May

Susanna Leonard Hill has a Birthday Story Contest going on at her blog (click HERE to see the post) and I wrote a story for the contest. I have the story at the end of this post but first I wanted to let you know about a couple of changes I made at my blog. I made the changes because I am trying to make it more organized and easier. Let me know what you think about the changes 🙂 

First I made a FAQ page (this was one of my New Years Resolutions anyway). You can click on the tab at the top of my home page to see or (or click HERE). Let me know what you think or if there are any other FAQs I should add.

Secondly I made an official section saying how to send me a book to review. You can see it at the tab at the top of my home page or by clicking HERE.

Thirdly I made a blog schedule. I saw that on a lot of your blogs and I think it’s a good idea! Click on the tab at the top of my page or HERE. To go to it.

Let me know what you think of my changes and if you have any other suggestions! 

Now for something fun!

The Birthday Contest hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill!

The rules are “The contest is to write a children’s story about a very creative and/or unique birthday celebration in 300 words or less. Poetry or prose, your choice.”

Here’s my entry!

Not Another Birthday!

By Erik

Billy hated his birthdays, every single one of them. The day was always a complete disaster. One time, on Billy’s seventh birthday, most of his party guests ended up in the emergency room! In fact, none of Billy’s friends will come to his parties anymore. Only Billy’s relatives show up because they have to. 

Things usually start off pretty well. The guests arrive with smiles on their faces, carrying presents in colorful paper. There’s lots of ”Hi’s”, hugs and  “How are you’s?” Everyone puts their party hats on. There’s pizza for dinner, and games like guess the wizard, and pin the drawbridge on the castle.

Then comes the cake. Billy’s dad carries it in. This year it has twelve candles on it, brightly lit with flames dancing in the air. Billy notices it is an ice cream cake, “UGH!” He says to himself. “Even WORSE!”

The cake is placed on the table in front of Billy; all the guests cower behind their chairs and under the table as they nervously sing “Happy Birthday to You” in hushed voices. As Billy listened to the song, getting ready to blow out the candles, he thought to himself, “This makes no sense for a fire-breathing dragon.”




69 Responses to “Birthday Writing Contest and Some New Blog Stuff!”

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill May 20, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Flat out excellent, Erik! The ending made me laugh out loud! VERY fun 🙂 I thought Billy was going to be an elephant, but a dragon is so much better! Thanks so much for this terrific entry!

    And I really like your new sections. I’m sure readers will find them very helpful!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 20, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Thank you Ms. Hill! HA HA! I think an elephant would have been funny!

      I hope you are right about people finding them useful.


  2. Heather Newman (@HeatherNewman12) May 20, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Oh my gosh, Erik, I am laughing out loud at this story! I was picturing a young wizard who couldn’t control his magical powers and was completely surprised by the dragon at the end! Brilliant 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 20, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      I am glad you liked it! I think a wizard would have been good, too! I was going to have Pin the Sword on the Knight, but I though that would’ve given it away.


  3. cookiejarprincess May 20, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Haha Erik! Great story! I had no idea he was going to be a dragon!


  4. swlothian May 20, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    Great job Erik.


  5. Paul R Hewlett May 20, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Love it! Fantastic Erik! A fire breathing dragon! Not what I expected, gave me a chuckle & a smile. Thank you. Keep up the great work on your great blog:)


  6. tinamcho May 20, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    You’re a great writer, Erik! And very neat twist at the end!!


  7. Beth Stilborn May 20, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Your blog changes are excellent, Erik! Well done!

    And I love your story. I laughed so hard at the ending — I didn’t see that coming at all!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 20, 2012 at 10:53 am #

      Thank you Ms. Stilborn. I am glad you like the changes I made.
      I’m glad I made you laugh!


  8. Angela Brown May 20, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Loved your Birthday contest entry. And your blog is much more organized than many so no suggestions to offer.


  9. Darlene May 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Your story is great!! Just loved it and your improvements to the blog are very good as well.


  10. KidLitReviews May 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Erik, I think you have a winner. I did not see the twist and laughed at the ending. I should have known something wasn’t right when no one would go to Billy’s parties anymore. I like your writing. It is creative and humorous. To get all that in under 300 words was probably a little harder than it seems. You made it look easy. Great job!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Morris! I am glad I made you laugh! When I first wrote it, it was to short, so I added more details to make it more interesting. 😉


  11. Laura May 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    HA! Loved the surprise ending. Great entry 😉


  12. thegirlnamedjack May 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    Wow Erik! I really thought that Billy was just a kid who’s dad was gonna drop the huge fiery cake! 😛


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

      That would have been a funny ending! Maybe I could have said Billy was a dragon in the beginning, and then have his dad drop the cake… 😉


  13. Michelle Isenhoff May 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Ha! I so enjoy your sense of humor, Erik. I have to make sure my boys see that one.

    Your policies look super. They’re easy to find, concise, and complete. I think you AND your readers will find them helpful, I like the schedule idea, too.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

      Thank you Mrs. Isenhoff! I hope they like it!

      I am glad you like my policies! It WILL be helpful to me… I got some ideas from your blog and my Mom said that you came up with some ideas, so thank you! 😀


  14. Kirsten Larson May 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Cute! I was trying to figure out why everyone was cowering. Ha, ha.


  15. Tracy Campbell May 20, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Excellent ending! You had me fooled.


  16. viviankirkfield May 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Erik…I wished I could click the “like” button a hundred times!!!! This story is FANTASTIC! I felt so sorry for the birthday “child”…and was totally blown away (hopefully not by the fire-breathing dragon) at the end…you are quite a gifted writer. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Kirkfield! I am glad you like my story a hundred times! 😉 I am also glad you like my writing. I LOVE your story too!


  17. Myra GB May 21, 2012 at 5:42 am #

    Brilliant twist in the end there, Erik! How absolutely delightful! 🙂 Loved it! 🙂


  18. Melissa May 21, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    Love the twist on the end 🙂


  19. Catherine Johnson May 21, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    Super twist Erik, you rocked this contest!


  20. Renee LaTulippe May 21, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    I admit it, you got me — I absolutely did not expect a dragon at the end. Then I went back and saw the clues you left (pin the drawbridge on the castle, guess the wizard…) — very, very clever, and funny too! Well done, my friend.

    And I’m an organization freak, so I love your new tabs — a place for everything, and everything in its place. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

      Thanks Ms. La Tulippe! I did leave clues. I am glad you saw them! I was going to have “Pin the sword on the knight”, but thought that would give it away. 😉


  21. julie rowan zoch May 21, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Like everyone else I did not see the dragon coming – in spite of the clues (themed party, I thought). You even had me wondering if the Dad was like a kid himself and enjoyed using rockets for candles! Very clever, funny…and is that you’re drawing too?


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

      HA ROCKET CANDLES!!! That would have been hillarious!! I wish I thought of that 🙂
      No it’s not my drawing (microsoft clip art) and I photoshopped the party hat on him. That’s a good idea too! Next time I’ll do the drawing!


  22. twigstories May 21, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Well, no wonder those kids were huddled and hushed! I’d be under the table! Very funny, Erik!



    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Marshall! 🙂 Little did they know it was a WOODEN flamable table!! 😮


  23. Don M. Winn May 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Great ending, Erik! I was laughing!


  24. Cathy Ballou Mealey May 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Oh poor Billy! And an ice cream cake to boot! My daughter says dragons lives at least a thousand years, so I hope by Billy’s 999th birthday he finally has a great birthday party!

    Wonderful story Eric!


  25. Penny Klostermann May 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Excellent. I loved it. Great twist ending that I didn’t see coming, and that made me laugh! Maybe next year they’ll have s’mores!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

      That’s an AWESOME idea too! That could be the happy ending for his future birthdays 🙂


  26. Julie May 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Once again I absolutely did not see that twist ending coming. GREAT job!! I also love the changes you’ve made to the blog.


  27. Lori Degman May 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    Great surprise ending, Erik!


  28. Stacy S. Jensen May 22, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    I always enjoy your twist endings. I enjoyed your FAQs page. It’s fun to learn more about your process and how you do it all! Your book reviews are always helpful. I appreciate all that you (and your parents/sister) do.


  29. Michelle Isenhoff May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    I loved your story.


  30. Jarm Del Boccio May 24, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Very clever twist at the end, Erik…well done! I am finally a follower of your blog, so I’ll look forward to more of your reviews and other goodies…cheers!


  31. sabrina May 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Hi, I’ve read some of your reviews before, but I didn’t know you also wrote… Really a cute story that made me smile at the end !! You got yourself a new follower 🙂


  32. Lynn A. Davidson March 11, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    Even though I am reading this post VERY late, I just want you to know the ending of your story caught me completely by surprise and made me laugh out loud. Brilliant, Erik! 🙂


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks March 12, 2015 at 7:14 am #

      Thank you Ms. Davidson! If you don’t mind my asking, how did you stumble upon this post?


  33. Lynn March 13, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

    An old email in my folder. 🙂 Doing major catch-up right now so I haven’t missed any of your reviews and such. You do such good reviews I have found several books I want to read and/or buy for a couple of younguns in my life. 🙂


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