Creative Kid Emma’s Original Story!

Emma (age – 8 1/2) has been one of my guest reviewers and now she sent me a great fantasy story she wrote. I know Emma is a HUGE fan of the Warrior series and now she was inspired to write her own story! She also sent some illustrations (that are totally marvelous!) to go with the story. By the way, the last picture goes towards the end of the story, but I really wanted to include it on the blog post for everybody to see. 🙂

Here is a part of Emma’s story called –

Tut and the Forest of Spells


Tut was no ordinary dog. When he was a pup, his parents abandoned him and a magician found him. The magician cast a spell on him that he would have special powers and they would only go once he died. Now these powers weren’t just any ordinary powers like flying without wings and that stuff, his special powers were to be able to turn into any animal–including a human–and speak their language.

When Tut grew up, the magician wanted him to turn into a rat and spy on his enemies like the wicked sorcerers, but Tut didn’t like his job. He didn’t want to be used. It was cruel. So Tut ran away, but unfortunately the place he ran to was the forest of spells. And once you enter the forest of spells, an evil flying rock named Diemoan casts a spell on you. Tut’s spell wasn’t any ordinary spell like growing wings (which would be bad because dogs don’t like to be in the air, or to have an automatic tug to go South for the winter), or to be turned into a frog. No, Tut’s spell was to be unable to give his powers to his children until he was 14 (which is old for a dog), and only if they stayed with him for that long.

The reason Diemoan cast this particular spell on Tut was that the passing of Tut’s powers from one generation to the next shortened the rock’s life. You see, Diemoan was the human grandson of the magician who had given Tut his powers, turned into a flying rock by one of the evil sorcerers when he was his grandfather’s apprentice.

But Tut didn’t know about his spell until his wife, Hannah, had two pups, a girl named Josanna and a boy named Howard (after Howard Carter who discovered King Tut’s tomb). So when his children were christened, the evil rock Diemoan came to Tut and Hannah’s cabin and almost cast a spell on them, but he didn’t because Tut chased him away before he could. But as soon as Diemoan went out into the forest, he whispered in Tut’s mind “You have a spell on you!! And you cannot give your powers to your children unless they stay with you until you are fourteen! Bwaaaahahaaaa (evil laugh).”

To read the whole story click HERE!

Thank you Emma for writing and sending your story! I can’t wait to see more of your stories!

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15 replies

  1. Wow! That is quite a story! Forest of spells indeed! Love the art, too! Great work, Emma, and thanks for sharing, Erik!

  2. Wow, Emma! What an exciting story! I can tell by the way you use words that you’re an avid reader, and my art teacher husband sends his compliments on your illustrations. Keep up the good work!

  3. Very creative, Emma. Great work! I love meeting kid authors. I want to say “I knew them when…” after they are famous. 🙂

  4. Emma’a a very talented author/illustrator. I love Tut and the decoy Tut, but I think my favorite is the flying rock.

  5. Emma, I’m so impressed! My daughter (12 yrs) writes and illustrates her own stories, too, and she used to make great drawings when she was eight, but I think yours are even better, and that’s saying alot. I really love Tut – so beautiful! – and Diemoan is fantastic! I can see how evil he is! Wonderful, wonderful story. I hope you publish it soon, so more kids can enjoy your great characters, too. Best wishes, and thanks, Erik! Jo

  6. Wow! Really good story Emma! I’m on edge–I can’t wait to read the rest! I’m a fan of Warriors too! You are a VERY good writer for someone who’s 8 and a half!

  7. Thank you everybody for commenting on Emma’s awesome story! I’m glad you all like it! 🙂 Thank you Emma for writing such an awesome story!

    • Thanks to all for the comments! I’m Emma’s Mom (and secretary), and she asked me to thank everyone for their kind words–she is “overjoyed” (someone remembers her Fancy Nancy vocabulary obviously 😉 ).

      We talked about doing a “Prequel” to explain the Magician and the Evil Sorcerers (because honestly, I’m dying to know more about THEM!), and she said she’ll work on that tomorrow–in fact she can’t wait! LOL

      Erik, we’ll be sure to keep you posted if she gets that done, and thank you so much for helping me help her get her wonderfully creative ideas written down. As I’ve told Erik and his mom, Emma is a reluctant writer, and as her teacher (we homeschool), I have struggled all year to get her to write. Erik’s site has been such a huge help to me because it has both given her inspiration and encouragement.

      I heard her telling stories like these to her little sisters and thought maybe dictation would help because her excuse for not writing them down was “my hands can’t keep up with my mind Mama!”

      But without an audience–the ability to really “publish” like her heroes who publish “real books” as she calls them–I’m not sure we’d have gotten this far.

      Now we’re using her own stories to work on her spelling, grammar, and even handwriting (I have her copy her own sentences after I’ve typed them–I even purposely mess up the grammar or spelling and have her play editor).

      So thanks again, to Erik and everyone who’s taken the time to read and comment here. You’ve helped a tentative, but very creative little girl (and her concerned and frustrated Mama) immeasurably! 🙂

  8. This sound like a very good story, Emma! And a great review, Erik, as usual.

  9. Congratulations Emma, this looks really nice. I have heard a lot about Warriors but I have not had the chance to read through it yet (I bought several during a book sale and I am looking forward to reading them now because of you). Great work! The illustrations look really great as well.

  10. This is a wonderful story, I love the descriptions you give Emma. To Emma’s mum, I to gave the same reason as Emma did for why I never bothered to write much and that was only a few years ago. The thought of trying to write down (keeping up) what one sees and imagines in their mind (or daydreams) can be mind blowing getting it all down so quickly. But it is within writing groups, as Erik is no-doubt learning, that one finds likeminded people and learns the art and gains encouragement. Believe me you are doing an awesome job, if that story is anything to go by. Congrats to both you and Emma. Thanks Erik for sharing.

  11. I just finished reading her story–and I’ve got to say that some parts of it made me chuckle more then once! She is a VERY talented writer for someone her age! If she wants to, she could be one of those really famous authors who write whole series of just amazing books! 😀

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