Tuesday, October 20, 2020

ReFoReMo Mini-Monthly Writing Challenge: Parodies--Bunnies, and Mummies, and Goons

By Janie Reinart


Trick or Treat! This post is a blast from the past---three years ago---with some new additions.

Treat yourself to writing a parody. parody is a humorous imitation of an 

original classic--a song, poem, or story.

1. Song


                                                                   By Kim Norman

The fabulous Kim Norman wrote this treat of a story from the old camp song, "The Ants Go Marching".

Check out Kim's interview with the spectacular Tammi Sauer.

2.  Poem

By Karen Jo Shapiro

Karen Jo Shapiro rewrites John Masefield's poem "

"I must go down to the beach again, where there's water, sand, and sky,

And all I ask is my red toy boat with a string to pull it by…," 

John Masefield's Sea-Fever  

"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;"

3.  Story

                                                               By Margaret Wise Brown

"If you run away," said his mother, "I will run after you. For you are my little bunny."

"If you run after me," said the little bunny, "I will become a fish in a trout stream and I will swim away from you."

"If you become a fish in a trout stream," said his mother, "I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you."

Change one word in the title and run with it. Change the first line just enough to make 

it recognizable. Check out this petrifying parody. 

By Michael Rex

"If you run away," said Mother Mummy, "I will get you! For you are my rotten little mummy."

"If you try to get me," said the little mummy, "I will turn into a serpent that lurks at the bottom of the sea."

"If you turn into a serpent," said Mother Mummy, "I will become a sea monster that will wrap around you and never let go."

Ready for another spooky take on a famous story. Keep the same rhyme and rhythm as the 


By Margaret Wise Brown

"In the great green room
There was a telephone
And a red balloon
And a picture of--

The cow jumping over the moon
And there were three little bears sitting on chairs"

There's that one word title change again.

                                                             By Michael Rex

"In the cold gray tomb
There was a gravestone
And a black lagoon
And a picture of --

Martians taking over the moon
And there were three little mummies rubbing their tummies"

"In an old house in Paris
That was covered in vines
Lived twelve little girls
in two straight lines.

In two straight lines
They broke their bread
And brushed their teeth
And went to bed."

This time also look at the pen name of this monstrous parody of Madeline.

                                                 By Ludworst Bemonster

"In a creepy old castle
all covered with spines
lived twelve ugly monsters
in two crooked lines

In two crooked lines,
they bonked their heads
pulled out their teeth
and wet their beds."

Here is your challenge. Write a parody. Share your parodies with us in the comments.

1. Select a song, poem, or story.

2. Change the first line just enough to make it recognizable. 

3. Keep the same rhyme and rhythm as the original.

4. Have fun playing with words. 


  1. This is such a great post, Janie! Thanks for all the great examples, and the challenge!!!

  2. I now have an ant earworm, LOL. Thank you, I think! I had not seen the parody book covers. They are brilliant! And to think that she's a lawyer with no previous art experience! Amazing! Maybe I'll do something like this for Susanna's Halloweensie contest.....

  3. Janie--terrific challenge :) Thank you for the mentor texts to help find that perfect parody! Certainly feeling the Halloween spirit!

  4. These are great parodies! Thanks for sharing these mentor texts! They certainly make the creative juices start to flow!

  5. Clever and cunning, such parody funning. Yay, Janie.

  6. Love, love, love all these ideas and examples!!