August 17, 2008

Fill-in-the-Blank Famous Quotations: Hugo Cabret Edition

Posted by at 6:32 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Everyone’s heard Shakespeare’s famous line from Hamlet: “To be or not to be, that is the question.” But what if Hamlet had actually said, “To wear boxers or to wear briefs, that is the question”? Or, “To eat chicken feet or slurp ox tail stew, that is the dinner menu”? You can bet the play would have turned out very differently!

If you could change the direction of your favorite story just by replacing a few words here and there, what would YOU do? Take a crack at it with this “Fill-in-the-Blank Famous Quotation” from The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

Here’s mine:
“The story I am about to share with you takes place in outer space, under the roofs of the space station Splotzon 5000. Here you will meet a robot named Martin, who once, long ago, discovered a tuna casserole that changed his life forever.”
YOUR TURN! Fill in the blanks . . . .
“The story I am about to share with you takes place in _____, under the roofs of _____. Here you will meet a _____ named _____, who once, long ago, discovered a _____ that changed his life forever.”

—Karen, STACKS Staffer
Btw, here’s the real thing: “The story I am about to share with you takes place in 1931, under the roofs of Paris. Here you will meet a boy named Hugo Cabret, who once, long ago, discovered a mysterious drawing that changed his life forever.”
— from the introduction to The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

  1. lolz_lauren XD

    lol ok..hmmmmmm…
    “The story I am about to share with you takes place in my pillow, under the roofs of the bathroom. Here you will meet a banana named Pillow eater, who once, long ago, discovered a pillow that changed his life forever.”
    (teehee!)

  2. 4a2cp

    The story I’m about to tell you takes place on my teeth under the roofs of braces. Around here you will find a young girl (me),Kara who onece long ago had a dentist discover her backbite that changed her life forever.

  3. maxsheads44

    I love to fill in the blanks they are cool because you say anything in the blank and sometime it sounds funny LOL!

  4. pebblesfruity

    the story i am about to share with you takes place( georgia),under roofs (of the westside).Here you will meet a killer named blank)who once ( killled my dad)

  5. percyj99

    “The story I am about to share with you takes place in Yancy Academy, under the roofs of the Latin classroom. Here you will meet a Centaur named Chiron, who once, long ago, discovered a hero that changed his life forever.”

  6. percyj99

    “The story I am about to share with you takes place in New York City, 2001, under the roofs of a pillow fort. Here you will meet a Standard Kart named Donkey Kong, who once, long ago, discovered a click-pen that changed his life forever.”

  7. percyj99

    “The story I am about to share with you takes place in London, 1624, under the roofs of the Miller’s condo. Here you will meet a table named Johnny, who once, long ago, discovered a telescope that changed his life forever.”

  8. percyj99

    WARNING!!! SPOILER ALERT FOR PERCY JACKSON READERS WHO HAVEN’T READ THE LAST OLYMPIAN!!!
    “The story I am about to share with you takes place in Camp Half-Blood, under the roofs of Cabin 11. Here you will meet a TRAITOR( who turns out to be a good guy right before he dies) named Luke Castellan, who once, long ago, discovered a flying shoe that changed his life forever.”

  9. MIKAYLABGIRL

    The story I am about to share with you takes place in _1931_, under the roofs of __money__. Here you will meet a goat___ named __goaty_, who once, long ago, discovered a __MYSTYERIOUS person that changed his life forever.”

  10. MIKAYLABGIRL

    The story i am about to share with you,takes place in 1931,under the roofs of money.here you will meet a goat whose name was goaty discovered a mysterious person that changed his life forever.

  11. Aseef

    The story I am about to tell you takes place in Ohio, under the roof of a boy. Here you will meet Gary “Video Master” Turnips, who once, long ago, discovered the camera that had its own mind…

  12. rertt

    “The story I am about to share with you takes place in my mouth, under the roofs of pop-corn. Here you will meet a robot named poppyMiCatty, who once, long ago, discovered a Cheeseburger that changed his life forever.”

  13. starrz99

    do not get a pet that hates you in your heart…………………………………………………………………………………………….plz really do not try at home i promise not lyin”

  14. super_duper_cheese

    the story im about to share with you takes place in antartic, under the roofs of an igloo. here you will meet a penguin named zippy who once long ago, discovered a fish taco that changed his life forever.

  15. Kim

    The story I am about to share with you takes place in our time, under the roof of a rich lady. Here you will meet a girl named Hannah, who once, long ago, discovered a long-lost twin that changed her life forever…

  16. shirley

    The story I am about to share with you takes place in a very small closet, under the roofs of several brownstone apartment buildings. Here you will meet an albino named Glinnis,who once,long ago, found a cure that changes his life forever.

  17. Kenken

    “The story I am about to share with you takes place in Narnia, under the roofs of sheep. Here you will meet a keyboard named Thomas, who once, long ago, discovered a pop can that changed his life forever.”

  18. readingstar5

    The story I am about to share with you takes place in an unknown time(because nobody cared enough to write it down!!), under the roofs of The North Pole. Here you will meet a taco named Phil, who once, long ago, discovered a rock that changed his life forever

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