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Grade 4
Fantasy/SciFi
Writing

Freddy

by Donald W., Grade 4, 826michigan

 Donald, ten years old, lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He likes to clean, play basketball, and color. His favorite Xbox game is GTA 5. He really loves his big family and playing with his sister. His favorite animals are dogs and lions.

 

My IF is named Freddy and he is twelve feet tall and five hundred pounds. He has brown skin with foot-long blue and black spikes for hair. Freddy wears a linen black T-shirt with white jeans and white Air Forces. 

Freddy is nice and does things that are helpful, like helping me clean my room. He can also run really fast with his superspeed and he spends his day running up and down. But he also wants superstrength because he is very weak. He loves to eat boxes of pepperoni pizza every day.

Freddy and I met while I was riding my bike and Freddy was running around with his superspeed. I asked him, “What’s up?” and he followed me home. Now, he lives under my bed, but it’s annoying when he snores in the middle of night. He also knocks over the sugar in the pantry sometimes. For fun, we like to race, play 2K games, and watch movies.


ABOUT THE PROJECT 

With Paramount Pictures’ latest film IF as inspiration, children around the nation put pens to paper to bring their imaginary friends to life through writing. Together, 826 and Paramount Pictures published three books of youth writing inspired by the upcoming film, starring John Krasinski, Ryan Reynolds, Cailey Fleming, Louis Gossett Jr., Jon Stewart, Awkwafina, Maya Rudolph, and Steve Carell.

See the lesson that inspired the writing here. Learn more about the project here.

 

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