dr-seussToday, March 2, is Theodore Geisel’s birthday.

Better known as Dr. Seuss, Theodore Geisel was a prolific children’s writer.  In 1960, Random House founder Bennet Cerf challenged Seuss to write a children’s book using only 50 words.The result of this challenge, Green Eggs and Ham was born!  Granted, the story has over 700 words, but, it is written with only 50 unique words.

Children’s author Vivian Kirkfield  has created a challenge in honor of Geisel’s birthday and Bennet’s challenge.  It’s call #50 Precious Words.

The rules are simple:  Write a story appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, using only 50 words…they can all be different words, or you can use some of them over and over…just as long as the total word count for the story is 50 or less.

Let me tell you, using ONLY 50 words is very difficult.  Not only do you only have 50 words to work with, your story still has to have an arc.  It’s not as easy as it seems!

So, I’m throwing my hat in the ring and posting my #50 Precious Words entry.

I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to leave me feedback!

Not Me

©Julie LaCombe 2017

(48 words)


The lamp crashed to the floor.

Mom asked, “Who broke it?”

Not Me.

The cookies disappeared from the jar.

Mom asked, “Who ate them?”

Not Me.

There’s someone who lives in my house,

His name is Not Me.

Trouble is his business.

Unfortunately, they think it’s just me.


Go by and read all of the other wonderful entries on Vivian’s blog!






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