Thanks to all who entered the contest to rewrite your favorite first lines of children’s books for a pandemic. The panel of judges had a hard time choosing from such creative and funny entries. So they picked two winners. As a result, each winner can choose a charity (St. Jude, Feeding America, or Doctors Without Borders), and I will donate $50 to each of the two chosen charities.
Here are the two winning entries:
Winner: Ms. Yingling
From Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth:
There was once a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself—not just sometimes, but always. When he was in school he longed to be out, and when he was out he longed to be in.
There was once a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself— especially during the pandemic. When school was in person, he longed to be remote, and when he was remote he longed to be in person.
Winner: Christine Sarmel
From Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie
My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog.
My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for toilet paper, Clorox wipes, a package of yeast; they didn’t have none, but I came back with a dog.
Thanks everyone for playing along! Wishing you a safe and happy 2021!