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Captain Candlestick

23 Nov

This guy's too hot to handle!

by Adam Hangland    

Captain Candlestick was a normal teenage guy sitting on his couch relaxing.  But when he threw an annoying animal toy he had been sitting on into the furnace, the furnace exploded.  When he woke up, he felt fine.  “I guess it was just my imagination” he thought aloud.  “I really feel O.K.”

This soon to be superhero felt so good, he started to tap his feet.  Suddenly, he was flying!  He looked down, but now his feet were giant flaming candelabras!  In distress, he grabbed a nearby table. Now his fingers were candles!  He floated so high he bonked his head on the ceiling.  Then his hair was a bunch of writhing candles.  His presence lit all the candles in the room bringing warmth and light to his body. Just then, he floated out of the window! “Oh  no!”

After he had been rudely careened out the window, he ran into his neighbor’s laundry.  He came out wearing a silver jumpsuit.  It was embarrassing!  Then, he ran into a ladder and buckets of orange and yellow paint stained his jumpsuit.  Only then did he decide to head back home.

He got the hang of flying and became used to traveling around the world lighting candles to heat homes (he had to do something with his power!) One day, he ran into a frozen-looking girl.  She entered a house where he had just lit all the candles and the furnace and everything extinguished.  He went back in to light the candles just as the girl was flying out.  She turned and looked him in the eye and hissed, “Don’t mess with Frozen Flora’s work.” Frozen Flora always showed up at the houses that he was lighting.  Still, Captain Candlestick managed to get all the houses warm.

Captain Candlestick battled Frozen Flora, lit many candles, and accidentally messed up some laundry on his way to fame.  He now often remembers his life as a red-head freckle face.  He still longs for his old t-shirt and ripped jeans.  But that is all gone now that he is a full-fledged super hero.


Gumball Girl (by one of our youngest writers)

23 Nov

by Katie Hangland, age 6

(We love her writing so much, we didn’t want to change the creative spelling of any words!)    

Which color's your favorite?

Gumball Girl got her powers by a gint blue gumball that asplodid.  It was a axidint.  She axidently blue up a gint gumball in her lab.  She bloed it up so big that it asplodid.  She was doing an aspyrimenint.  Gumball Girl is a sintist.

If she was running she would sro gumballs evry where. Any time she moovs her hands she has gumballs come out of her palms and fingrs.  If she was eating brecfest she can have gumballs for brecfest and eggs and bacon.

The gumballs that are white are boms.  The others are ones that asplods posinis acid.  When you tucht it asid will come out of them. 

Gumball Girl fits the Ruby Robbers.  The asid from insid the gum melts them.  The robbers are made of rubys and ston.  They are famos for steeling joolary from the joolary stor.

Thanks to Gumball Girl the Ruby Robbers have vaneshd from the planet into the jint hols created by the asid.

The Guppy

23 Nov

A Superhero concocted by David Crum


My superhero has the power to breath under water.  Another thing he can do is slash out at his enemy with his razor sharp fins.

Origin Story:

One day, when the day was hot, a long boat sails through the waves.  Suddenly, someone falls off when the boat plunges down into the waves.  That someone was Joe, a humble sailor, heading for New York delivering coal.  This was unusual because Joe was a trash man.  Anyway, as he thought he would explode, Joe’s body began to tingle, suddenly in a stream of hot water Joe rose.  Then he blacked out. 

Then Joe found himself in too much pain to get out of the water.  But after 30 minutes he was still alive.  And that’s how he found his power of breathing under water.  Later he made a suit that had razor sharp fins!  And he made a hat that disguises him as a fish, he’s …..  THE GUPPY!

Donut Dude

23 Nov

A Superhero created by Michael Crum


Donut Dude has a donut for a head and can make donuts appear.  He saves the world from boring breakfasts.

Origin Story:

Once upon a time Fragrint woke up in his bed and asked his robot to go fetch him some coffee and a donut.  Then he saw the fly buzzing around his head.   He swatted at it and it went away and sat in the corner.  His robot came in with his donut and his coffee.  But what he didn’t know was that when he swatted at the fly he got a clear dust on his fingers.  But that wouldn’t matter would it.  But not knowing, he ate his donut with his espresso.  Then he took his morning nap and slept through to the next morning.  Then he got up and looked in the mirror.  And he screamed because his head was a donut!  And that made him crave for a donut and then one appeared in his hand then he thought, “I can’t eat.”  Then, feeling silly, stuck the donut through the hole in his head and he could taste it, then he quickly devoured the donut.  Then he looked at his watch, it was a switch!  Then he turned it off and he looked like himself again.  But unluckily he couldn’t make a donut appear in his hand.  Then he looked out the window and saw a guy without a donut for breakfast and then a donut appeared in front of the donut-less person.  And then he went outside.  When he got outside he put up a donut stand. And quickly ducked in the cover of the stand, flipped the switch on his watch, and produced 20 donuts and put it on the stand for sale and right when he flipped the switch for his watch 20 people came and bought a donut for $5.  The he decided that his donuts will come with everyone’s breakfast.

It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s our young writers’ SUPERHEROES!

18 Nov

Through our collaboration with the uber-cool people at Buntport Theater and The Art Students’ League of Denver, we are bringing young writers’ superheroes to life on the page and on-stage. Don’t forget to send submissions for a Superhero of your own–the deadline for contest submissions (whether you’re submittting an origin story about your superhero, a drawing, or both) is November 22! You can see full guidelines here. Check out one of our fave origin stories about a tree-green recycling diva, written by 4th grader Anna Brandner, below, and click the “Superheroes!” link at left for more superwriters.

Green Girl Saves the Day         

by Anna Brandner

Jess was walking in the park, and it had so many flowers, that it looked like a glittering rainbow.  All of a sudden she came upon a blueberry colored petunia. She thought, “That is the perfect one for my room!” So she picked the pretty petunia. She decided to smell its divine smell. All of a sudden she felt different. Quicker than you can say hallelujah she was up in the air flying! “Cool!” she said to herself. Then she saw a piece of trash. She went to pick it up but it zapped into a water bottle! Jess was confused. “How did that happen?” she asked herself.  She bent down to pick it up, but it zapped itself into a recycling bin. This was awkward. Was there something in her breakfast this morning? It had tasted fine. She decided to act normal. Could she be a super hero? The super hero of recycling! She could call herself Green Girl! Perfect! So that’s what she was going to call herself.

Then she went to go get a flower to put in a vase, when she came across a bud that hadn’t bloomed. She floated towards it and it bloomed! “That must be another one of my powers!” she exclaimed. She needed to find a costume. She found a tree green shirt, some pink and green striped pants, and a brilliant orange cape. She took petals and made recycling signs on the cape. “Perfect!” she yelled.

All of a sudden she saw some bugs, they were flying like pesky mosquitos. They were the “litter bugs.” She had to stop them, but how? She picked up some flowers like a bee collecting pollen from a flower. She inched towards them like a caterpillar on a leaf. She put the flowers right up to their noses and… achoo! They blew back as fast as a rocket. Then she picked up all the trash with her powers. Green Girl wondered how to turn back to Jess, the regular girl, in a regular town, who goes to a regular school. Where did that flower go? The one that made her turn into Green Girl? She flew back to the grass. “Oh, there it is,” Green Girl said. She lifted the flower to her nose, sniff! The wind blew and POW! She turned back to herself. Then she tucked the flower in her pocket, just in case!