Tuesday, June 15, 2021

ReFoReMo Mini-Monthly Writing Challenge: Food For Thought


                                                       Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

By Janie Reinart

Doughnut take this challenge lightly. Pretty peas? Choose a character from a smorgasbord of 

food for your next picture book story.  One of my favorite stories is Sophie's Squash by Pat 

Zietlow Miller.  Pat tells us how the story got started here. Tammi Sauer interviews Momoko Abe 

about her new book, Avocado Asks, to find what inspired her story.

Speaking of peas, Arlo Rolled by Susan Pearson reminds me of the gingerbread man story. Arlo 

is looking for independence and sets out on his own.

"At the end of the garden,

next to the berries,

lived Mary, and Gary, and Terry, and Sherry

and Arlo--

five peas in a pod--

a plump, fat, green group,

perfect for salads

and stir-fries and soup.

"NO WAY!" said Arlo."

                                                                 The Good Egg by Jory John

Sarah Hwang writes a twist on a "wanting a pet" story, with her dog-gone cute tale of Toasty.

"This is Toasty. 

Toasty loved watching the dogs outside his window play. He loved how they barked and ran with each 

other in the park. 

He loved them so much he wanted to be a dog.

Toasty knew there were some differences. Most dogs have four legs.

But Toasty had two legs and two arms."

                                                     The Cool Bean by Jory John

Have fun with this challenge. Don't snack on your protagonist before you know the whole story.

Give us something to taco ’bout!


  1. Oh, Janie, all those fun puns. A fine smorgasbord of books to get our creative juices flowing. TY.

  2. LOL. So funny. As one of my critique group partners said, "Angie, I had to laugh. This is another manuscript about food." I have a story with peas, grits and eggs (and other foods), Mexican food characters, eggs...I guess I LOVE food. The puns are wonderful. :)

  3. LOL-love this post of fun puns Janie! Definitely something to taco 'bout-LOL I've got some reading to dip into!

  4. I love you a latte, Charlotte.

  5. Challenge accepted. And Janie, you're berry cool!

  6. Such fun books! Makes me think of Josh Funk's pancakes and French toast story... I have one manuscript but it is not humorous like these... wish i could write with humor. Just requested some of these from the library.

  7. Fun challenge and new stories to devour. Thanks, Janie.

  8. As my daughter used to say when she was little, "It's great to be a human bean".

  9. I have a manuscript about a little boy that swims in his grandma's soup. These are great mentor textmex.

  10. I also love Arnie the Donut by Laurie Keller and The graphic novel series, Pea, Bee, and Jay by Brian Smitty Smith. Oh and Ben Clanton's Rot books. So much food to choose from. Nom Nom Nom.