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For the Love of a Book, Week 15

The only problem with these “For the Love of a Book” weekly posts is that I tend to re-read books I like and so I am having trouble coming up with books that I haven’t done yet! Solution? Read new books! I am going to have to get on that…

For this week, I am going to show how a book can come to life! This whole week has been dedicated to blog posts about the Beta Convention and today is no different. One of the competitions we look forward to the most is Living Literature, where students recreate a scene from a book. Last year, we did The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and so we decided to step it up a notch this year.

Our students chose to do the final battle scene from Fablehaven because it is cool, the book is awesome, and there are a lot of characters in the scene. In hindsight, we probably shot a little too high because it is definitely hard to recreate an octobear and a toadlike creature but our kids had fun and hopefully were inspired to read the book.

Fablehaven has been a focus of this blog before and you know it’s one of my favorite series so you know how excited I was to bring it to life. Our kids enjoyed choosing their costumes on Amazon and practicing their poses. For your enjoyment this week, I am going to let you enjoy some pictures of our wonderful kids and their scene!

Our fairies had to work hard on their “warrior” faces. You’ll see an eclectic mix of Amazon costumes, hand-made costumes, and thrown-together costumes. They had a lot of fun and it was great! Here you see a few of our warrior fairies, our scabby beast, and our minotaur.

We had to improvise our minotaur’s weapon after I accidentally purchased a real battle axe on Amazon. Seriously, a replica should not have such sharp edges! Luckily, Mrs. Zander had a battle hammer from a cosplay and we made it work! He also had fake hooves. We were nothing if not thorough.

Our Octobear was perhaps our hardest costume. We got the head and the gloves off Amazon and his mom hot glued some pool noodles (painted brown) to his shirt to create his tentacles. Seriously, we should have gotten extra points for that!

Our “scabby beast” looked kind of like a bleeding Einstein but who cares? He looked epic! He clearly isn’t thrilled about all the fake blood (and wasn’t looking forward to the taking it off process) but he was a trooper!

The costume that got the most attention was our “toadlike creature.” This student bought a green unitard, cut tennis balls in half, spray painted them green, and glued them to his suit like warts. Then he put fabric glue on top of them to make them look like they were oozing. So his mask was a different color…it still looked awesome!

It was super hard to get a picture of them all in the same frame but this was their scene! The warrior fairies fought the demonic forces as Kendra and her fairy escort watched from a window (DIYed by me, thank you very much). The kids had a blast and their scene was so lifelike. Some of the schools had their students just sitting – it’s much harder to freeze in a battle pose! Even though we didn’t place, we still had a blast (and were robbed. Not that I’m bitter or anything but…).

We had a blast and so did the kids bringing Fablehaven to life! Next year, though, I think we won’t shoot quite as high…and I’m kind of feeling Harry Potter!

What do you think? Any suggestions for what we can do differently next year? What are some books you think would make great scenes for Living Literature? I’d love to hear from you! Sound off in the comments.

For now…that’s a wrap!