Category Archives: Writing Prompt

November 24, 2015

10 Problems Only Harry Potter Fans Understand

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harry potter irl 110 Problems Only Harry Potter Fans Understand

You know who you are. You fell in love at the first page of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and you never looked back. But there are some things that people who have not read Harry Potter just don’t understand about you . . .

  1. You wish Hogwarts were real and you desperately want to get your Hogwarts letter.
  2. You try seriously hard to do magic and are frustrated when your “wand” (a.k.a. stick) does not work.
  3. Dobby, Fred Weasley, Professor Lupin, Snape, and Tonks.
  4. Trying to explain Quidditch to your non-Harry Potter friends so you can play it at recess.
  5. The movie did not include your favorite line or scene from the book.
  6. You scream while watching the movies, “That didn’t happen in the book!”
  7. When someone says, “JK” (for just kidding), you think, “Rowling.”
  8. You are desperately waiting for J.K. Rowling to write another children’s book.
  9. If it’s not Harry-related, you kind of don’t want to talk about it.
  10. Nothing else you read is ever as good as Harry Potter.

Can YOU relate to any of these? Leave a Comment to tell us your problems that only other Harry Potter fans understand!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

November 9, 2015

7 Meanest Children's Book Villains

Posted by at 1:11 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

question marks7 Meanest Children’s Book Villains 

Are the villains in children’s books too mean? To help you answer that question, I’ve compiled a list of the top seven most evil children’s book villains. Some of these characters are so deliciously evil, it’s no wonder that they have all made it from books to the big screen.

#7: Jadis, The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

jadis-the-white-witch Her character is supposed to be a tall Amazonian woman with pretty features and great strength, but for all that beauty, inside lives a very dark and ice-cold heart. She turns people and animals to stone and then uses them for home décor. Who does that? Also, did you know that the fur collar she wears is actually Aslan’s mane? Yeah, that’s mean! Continue reading

October 26, 2015

Book-Inspired Halloween Candy

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Happy HalloweenBook-Inspired Halloween Candy

Halloween is coming! At the STACKS, it’s a perfect opportunity to combine our two favorite things in the world into . . . book-inspired candy!

In case you missed it, this past summer we did something similar with book-inpsired ice cream flavors. You guys had some really clever ideas (Warrior Cat Mice Cream, anyone?), so now, check out our list of book-inspired candy below!

Percy’s Peppermint Pattie
The oh-so-amazing combination of yummy, yummy chocolate and minty creme gets a new twist with a bolt of unexpected flavor: ambrosia! Just be sure not to eat too many. You don’t want to be too sluggish to outrun any Minotaurs or vengeful evil demigods!

Harry Butterfinger
The crispy, peanut buttery center of this candy bar is more than just simply delicious—it contains a spell! Each bar gives you a temporary magical power . . . but you’ll never know which one until you eat it. Will you shrink to the size of an ant? Become invisible? Shape-shift into a cat? Who knows!

Kane Crunch
Delightful, fit-for-the-gods milk chocolate is packed with a blend of nuts, toffee, and crispy rice in this candy bar that is imprinted with magical hieroglyphics. If you (like me) aren’t really able to read hieroglyphics, they’re just really awesome decoration, but if you, say, happen to be descended from Egyptian gods, you’ll be able to enjoy the secret messages each bar contains.

Land of Lollies
Each of these sparkly, unusually flavored lollipops tastes like a different fairy tale. Will it taste like Goldilocks’ just-right porridge? The breadcrumb trail that Hansel and Gretel left behind? The sea in which the Little Mermaid lived? Unwrap one to find out!

The 39 Clues Candy Corn
It tastes just like regular candy corn. However, each package contains—you guessed it!—a clue that will bring you one step closer to becoming the most powerful person on earth.

What book-inspired candy do YOU want to invent? Share your ideas in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

October 19, 2015

Oliver, the Halloween Cat

Posted by at 1:34 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Create a CaptionOliver, the Halloween Cat

Is this cat wearing a Halloween costume or is he a witch cat all year long? What spells and potions do you think he is imagining under that sparkly witch’s hat?

Halloween Cat

Flickr photo courtesy of Natalle Barletta

Here is my caption:

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. . . or maybe I’ll just take a nap.”

Leave your caption for Oliver the Halloween cat in the Comments!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

October 13, 2015

Maisie Dog Create a Caption

Create a captionCreate a caption for this adorable dog, Maisie!

Hi, there! This puppy seems like she is going on her own outdoor adventure! What would you say she is thinking in that cute, furry head?

Maisie Dog

Here’s my caption: “Watch out, world! I’m off my leash and ready to take over this dog park!”

Write YOUR caption in the Comments below!

Megan, STACKS Intern

October 5, 2015

Book Quiz

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the-book-quizToday’s Book Quiz comes from Moderator Katie on the Reading Buzz Board.

  1. >What’s your all-time favorite book?
  2. What’s a book you liked that turned into a movie? Which was better?
  3. What is your favorite series? What is your favorite book within the series?
  4. Who’s your favorite author?
  5. Do you happen to enjoy dark, spooky, or supernatural stories?
  6. Do you like reading manga or graphic novels?
  7. Do you like to read books about other cultures? What about other historical times?
  8. If you could go to lunch with any author, who would it be and what would you like to talk about
  9. Have you read a book in another language besides English? Did you enjoy the book or books you read
  10. What type of books (genre!) do you most like to read?
  11. What is your favorite literary element? For example, simile, metaphor, irony, foreshadowing, personification, figurative language, or even forms of poetry can count here….
  12. Are there any books you’d like to suggest?
  13. Are you in a book club? If yes, which books have you read in it?
  14. What is your favorite childhood book (picture book)?
  15. If you could turn any book into a movie, which book would it be? Which actors would play which characters?
  16. If you could change the ending of ANY book, which book would it be and what would the new ending be? Please start your answers with the book title so STACKers can decide if they want to read your answer/spoiler or not!
  17. Has any book every evoked really strong emotions in you? For example, has any book made you REALLY sad or angry, or empathetic, etc.? Which book and which emotion?
  18. Have you ever read a book that you thought you’d love but ended up not liking? What about the reverse?
  19. Estimate the number of books you’ve read in the last 12 months.
  20. You won a $500 book gift card. What are you going to buy with it?

Have fun! Thanks to these STACKers who helped me come up with the questions: GopherChess4, BreezeBrain39, DarkRising6, BastKitten37, and ChorusArtistic19.

Leave your answers to one or all of these questions on the Comments!

September 21, 2015

Virtual Cupcake Creation

Posted by at 10:23 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

cupcakeVirtual Cupcake Creation

DesertChief19 decided to make up a contest! The contest is about virtual cupcakes because who doesn’t like virtual cupcakes?

  • Cupcake Flavor:
  • Frosting Color:
  • Frosting Flavor:
  • Any Toppings:
  • Anything Else:

For example:You're the Best cupcake
Username: DesertChief19
Cupcake Flavor: vanilla
Frosting Color: white
Frosting Flavor: vanilla
Any Toppings: rainbow sprinkles
Anything Else: chocolate inside of cake

Create your own virtual cupcake and leave it in the Comments. If you want to actually send your virtual cupcakes to your friends, you can do that on the Allie Finkle website, and on the Confectionately Yours website!