On January 15, 2014, kids and teachers around the world can watch a live Scholastic "Story Smashup" webcast of beloved authors Jeff Kinney (the Wimpy Kid series) and Dav Pilkey (the Captain Underpants series) as they create an original story, with art and pictures, based on suggestions from an audience of children.
Kids will learn how to write a story as Kinney and Pilkey explore character, setting, plot and more. The authors will also attempt to draw each other's characters, Greg Heffley and Captain Underpants, and then draw their own characters while blindfolded. Sounds like it'll be a mix of hilarious and educational, just as you'd expect from these superstar authors.
Kinney and Pilkey will create the first six panels of a story, which will be available for download starting January 15 as well. Teachers can register here for the webcast, download a contest entry form and ask their students to create their own three-panel ending to Kinney and Pilkey’s story. One Grand Prize Winner will have his or her entry framed alongside Kinney and Pilkey’s first six panels, autographed by each author.
We love any reason to get kids writing, and we can't wait to see what these two children's book legends have in store!