As promised, post one of a three part Seussercize series in honor of Theodore Geisel's birthday!
readers of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, his preferred
pseudonym, know that his imagination ran wider than the English
language. He often created creatures out of nonsense words. Ever meet
the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz? How about the Fiffer-Feffer-Feff? Some of his
characters have become so well-known in English that they require no
illustration. Think of the Lorax or the Grinch, even the Sneetches.
Prior to Seuss, none of these animals existed, but thanks to his
creativity and vision, we accept them as a part of our modern-day lexicon.
I invite you to create a creature of your own. You may introduce your
creature in literary form with a poem or short story, or you may choose
to name your character and illustrate it instead. Please leave me a
comment or a link to your own page so that I can see your fabulous
imagination at work!
writercize: Create a brand new
creature out of a non-sensical word. Think about what you want your
character to look like, what it likes and dislikes, how it behaves!
"read more" for a character named the Hiccurpeeze that's been living in
your writercizer's brain since her early days as a babysitter. This is
but a small snippet of who he is. Poor guy has been lying dormant for
about 20 years, but one day, the writercizer hopes to get to know him
better and give him a story worthy of sales and illustrations.
writercizer sample response:
Oh, have you heard of the Hiccurpeeze?
The monster who hiccups and burps with a sneeze?
Grand as a house, he's tame as a mouse,
but has trouble finding a friend.
For when his big tummy rumbles and rolls
he finds that he tends to offend.
With a hic
and an urp
and a showering nose,
kids tip-skip away quickly up on their toes.
Were it not for unfortunate allergies,
he'd no longer be a lonely Hiccurpeeze.
He'd change his name to something nice,
Then the kids would all see that he's really kind,
sweet, funny, and brave as a lion.
Won't one of you now, pretty, pretty please,
be a good friend to poor Hiccurpeeze?
Give him a chance.
Play a game, share a giggle.
Jump up and down,
sing out loud, dance and wiggle.
Look past the hics,
the runny nose.
For inside you'll a monster
with the heart of a rose.