“The Unknown Creatures Discover a New Planet” by Ms Grewal’s Class

The Silent Forest Jungle
On this planet, there is a place called the Silent Forest Jungle, because it is completely silent. Tall, smooth-trunked, bright orange trees stretch into the sky and shade the forest ground which mysteriously rumbles. The trees bear no fruit, but the bark and leaves taste like sweet and citrusy, like oranges. It is incredibly cold here – minus 100 degrees Celsius! – and wet, because thunderstorms drench the jungle every day. Yet every animal imaginable lives here, despite the cold and horrible smell of rotten eggs that fills the forest air. This strange forest is special, though, as it is guarded by birds who fly above it, and protect it from strangers who might harm it.

The Creepy Lost Forest Jungle
On this planet there is another strange forest, and it is called the Creepy Lost Forest Jungle, for anyone who enters becomes lost in it. Unlike the Silent Forest Jungle, this forest is incredibly hot during the day, with a giant blazing sun that beats down on it. Yet at night, when the sun sets, it becomes very cold, and the deeper you go into the jungle, the colder it becomes. Giant dinosaurs and dangerous wild animals stalk these woods, and the air is often filled with the sounds of crying dinosaur babies as they hatch, the squeaking of bunnies, and the rustling of leaves. The trees themselves are brightly coloured – some are entirely orange, and others have orange trunks and multi-coloured leaves that shine in the bright sun. Giant vines hang from the tree limbs, and snakes that camouflage themselves slither through the jungle. If you were to make your way through the deep, dark jungle, however, you would find an ocean in the centre of it. The closer you get, the louder the sound of the ocean waves becomes. In this jungle, it rains constantly, which does nothing to help the smell of rotting dinosaur eggs from their abandoned nests.

Crystal Cheese Palace
From far away, this undiscovered planet looks like a diamond, and it sparkles. As you get closer, you can see that there are crystals on the ground, very, very tiny crystals that fall through the air like a light rain and tickle when they touch your skin. Even closer, you can see buildings with lights on clustered in an area that is made entirely of orange cheese – so of course it smells like cheese too. This town is called the Crystal Cheese Palace. Even the dirt on the ground is crumbled cheese, and the many animals that live here snack on their surroundings, because it’s all delicious cheese! Beautiful purple and pink flowers also surround the place, and trees blow in the strong winds. When the winds come, they bring the smell of fresh air. You can also hear hummingbird wings beating rapidly – the entire place is abuzz with life.


“The Adventures of Jonathon & Irene”: Chapter 1 by Ms Andreacchi’s Class

Artwork by Josh Rosen

The Adventures of Jonathon & Irene

Chapter 1

Once upon a time on planet Buc Ve, there was a two-headed alien named Jonathon and Irene. They were picking flowers in a special garden on their home planet. Buc Ve was very colourful, and had special plants that everyone in the galaxy wanted. These plants were not only beautiful, but also retained magical powers. Jonathon and Irene started to walk back home and ran into a three-headed alien from planet Bong. At first, Jonathon and Irene were scared because the Bonganians were known to want the special flowers growing on planet Buc Ve. Jonathon and Irene tried to introduce themselves to this new alien, even though they were a bit nervous. The Bonganian continued to be mean to them. Irene and Jonathon realized that they had to protect their family from these aliens. It was their job to protect their family above all else. Irene and Jonathon decided that they had to leave the planet to discover new technology to protect their family…

This is chapter 1 of a 4 chapter story – each student in the class wrote the remaining 3 chapters.

Jennifer & Jacob: A Script by the Talented Writers of the Monsignor Fraser SWAC Program

Artwork by Giovanna Galuppo

Jennifer & Jacob
A Script by the Talented Writers of the Monsignor Fraser SWAC Program

Cast of Characters

Jennifer: 20 year old woman. She is Mexican. She has bleached blonde hair, is a student and works part-time as a bartender/server at a Toronto restaurant. She is gay, and also afraid of spiders.

Jacob: 21 year old man. He is Colombian. He is 6 “2, has dark hair, and thick eyebrows. He is a graphic designer and photographer. He is a great listener and very empathetic. He is best friends with Jennifer. They met while Jennifer was serving. Jacob gave her a really great tip, they exchanged numbers, and became friends. Jacob is in love with Jennifer, but knows that they can never be together because Jennifer is a lesbian. Jacob has always found her very attractive, but has realized that she does not feel the same way. Jacob is a great listener and very empathetic, and has been there to help Jennifer as she discovers more about herself.

Ashley: Jennifer’s girlfriend. They met at a party in highschool and have been dating for 3 years. She is very clingy and needy. Ashley doesn’t like Jacob because she has a sense that he has feelings for Jennifer.

[6:30pm. October 31, Halloween. Funnel cake area at Canada’s Wonderland. People are wandering around, and there is music playing. People are yelling in the background. Jennifer and Jacob sit at a table, sharing a funnel cake. It is a chilly evening, and they are both wearing thick knit sweaters.]

JENNIFER: I got two tickets to the Drake concert!

JACOB: No way! When is it?

JENNIFER: It’s, um, in two weeks.

JACOB: Wow! That’s going to be awesome! I can’t wait! Where are the seats?

JENNIFER: They’re front row! But I never said I was taking you.

[A person in a Dracula costume scares the two of them, distracting Jennifer.]

JACOB: Damn, you scared me! …Ohh, alright.

JENNIFER: [laughs, and says excitedly] We have backstage passes too!

JACOB: Backstage passes to see Drake? That’s awesome!

JENNIFER: Yeah, I know!

JACOB: Who are you taking?

JENNIFER: You know I’m taking Ashley, my girlfriend.

JACOB: Say word, mierda, you’re taking Ashley?!

JENNIFER: Unfortunately, but this is the truth.

JACOB: You’re taking your girlfriend? Huh. [Under his breath] I’m like your best friend.

JENNIFER: Jacob, it’s her birthday, and I want to surprise her with the tickets.

JACOB: You’re actually taking her? That sucks.

JENNIFER: Why are you mad?

JACOB: I’m happy that you’re taking her, but I’m kind of upset… I wanted to do something like this together.

JENNIFER: You can buy nosebleed seats…

[Awkward silence. There is a scream in the background.]

JACOB: Tesoro, it’s Drake! Tickets are like 200 bucks! This sucks, dude.

JENNIFER: I’m sorry. I’ll make it up to you.

JACOB: I mean, I guess. I mean, I can’t blame Ashley, she’s your girlfriend.

JENNIFER: Yeah, Jacob. Thanks for understanding the situation.

JACOB: Maybe we should kill her.

[Jacob laughs, but Jennifer grows angry.]

JENNIFER: This is serious, Jacob, it’s her birthday!

JACOB: But she always chooses her friends over you!

JENNIFER: We’re at a good place right now. I mean, we could sneak you in maybe?

JACOB: [raising his voice a little, being passive-aggressive] Man, I’m like 6’2”!

To be continued…

Featured Explorer: Shawna Lee Campbell

At Story Planet, we work with some of the most amazing, inspiring, and truly wonderful humans on the planet, and we’d love for you to learn more about them too!

We would like to introduce you to one of our stellar volunteers, Shawna Lee Campbell. Shawna is not only a wonderful volunteer who has connected with kids all over the GTA, she is a published children’s book author, artist, and all-round lovely human.

Check out her responses below!

1. Favourite planet to live: Our magnificent Earth of course!

2. Favourite book or the last great one you read: The Little Prince wins my heart.

3. Favourite writers: Lucy Rose and Mike Norris!

4. Favourite thing to do on Earth: Travel, paint, write, mermaid, hike, hoop, breathe, laugh, sleep.

5. Favourite Earth food: Shawarma

6. Favourite moment/memory from your experience at Story Planet: My favourite workshop I’ve done is the Alien Has Landed workshop. The moment that stands out for me the most was the fifth grader who felt the spacecraft had been appropriated from a Northern Indigenous community by aliens. Her perspective was incredibly insightful and intelligently articulated. She was able to back up her ideas with specific details about the spacecraft and reference to factual details of Indigenous culture and Northern landscapes. It was a fascinating experience listening to her ideas.

Alien Landing Imminent!

Our ever popular Alien Has Landed event is happening at Artscape Wychwood Barns on March 24th, 11 AM! Bring the whole family and help us figure out the mystery of who has landed and why.


Story Planet will run a 3-day story-writing workshop with a grade 5 class, at Valleyfield Public School on April 16th. Our awesome lead artist, Josh Rosen, will illustrate the story and show the students how to draw the alien, step-by-step.


From one of our last Alien Has Landed at Gracefield Public School!

We are indebted to our wonderful workshop volunteers, who braved the cold crash site for four hours, and spent even more time working one-on-one with students to help them craft a totally original, totally awesome story!

We are also so grateful to all our amazing volunteers, without whom Alien Has Landed could not have been a success. Our team of engineers and tech wizards designed and built a spaceship that truly awed everyone, children and adults both! We cannot thank them enough for all their tireless work. They made this spaceship crash a magical experience that 500 young students are going to remember for years to come!

We are so excited to launch this program again in spring 2018 (when it’s hopefully a little warmer, too!).

Featured Explorer: Kris Bone

At Story Planet, we work with some of the most amazing, inspiring, and truly wonderful humans on the planet, and we’d love for you to learn more about them too!

We would like to introduce you to one of our stellar long-time volunteers, Kris Bone. Kris is not only an awesome volunteer who has helped inspire kids all over the GTA, he’s a published writer, comedian, and overall cool human.

Check out his responses below!

1. Favourite planet to live: Earth is nice (so far), but I hear that Venus has some great restaurants.

2. Favourite book or the last great one you read: The People of Paper, by Salvador Plascencia! It’s a magical little book about luchadors who are secretly saints, origami so deft it can replace human organs, and a no-holds-barred fight between the author of the novel and a small village that he created. It’s the book that keeps me writing when I start getting tired and considering taking up plumbing or becoming an undertaker.

3. Favourite writers: Hunter S. Thompson, Andre Alexis, David Foster Wallace, Erik Larson, and that gorilla who paints.

4. Favourite thing to do on Earth: It’s a three-way tie: Reading, napping, and writing.

5. Favourite Earth food: Mars bars, ironically.

6. Favourite moment/memory from your experience at Story Planet: I was part of a workshop a few years ago with a group of second-grade students. The facilitator, in talking about characters in stories, asked the group if they thought characters always had to be boys or girls–could they think of other things that could be characters? One little boy put his hand up and declared that “animals, animals could be characters!” The facilitator agreed. A girl in the second row put up her hand and proclaimed that “donkeys could be characters!” Again, the facilitator agreed–donkeys are rare but wonderful protagonists. Then, one boy near the back put his hand up in the air and waved it around–he desperately wanted to contribute. Our facilitator looked over at him and asked him what he thought. The boy said: “It could- it could be a cinnamon donkey!!”

I have rarely laughed so hard as I did that morning, and I think about it often (but maybe not for the reasons you’re expecting). That boy was right! A cinnamon donkey COULD be a character! Who am I to say otherwise? When we’re writing stories from our imaginations, why couldn’t a cinnamon donkey exist?

When I write, now, I often remember that boy when I find myself thinking that something shouldn’t or couldn’t happen in one of my stories. My characters can, and should, do everything–why not? And maybe, one day, I’ll find a way to work a real live imaginary cinnamon donkey into one of those stories, too.

Featured Explorer: Anna Fitzpatrick

At Story Planet, we work with some of the most amazing, inspiring, and truly wonderful humans on the planet, and we’d love for you to learn more about them too!

We would like to introduce you to one of our stellar long-time volunteers, Anna Fitzpatrick. Anna is not only a dedicated volunteer who is adored by children all over the GTA, she is a fabulous Toronto writer and journalist, and overall great person.

Check out her responses below!

1. Favourite planet to live: I only have experience living on planet earth, but Sailor Venus is my favourite of the Sailor Scouts so I’ve always gotten a good vibe about there.

2. Favourite book or the last great one you read: Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

3. Favourite writers: All the young writers I meet through Story Planet, of course! For grownups, I love Shirley Jackson, Jack Handey, and Monica Heisey

4. Favourite thing to do on Earth: I’m addicted to Duolingo, an app that helps you learn new languages. They’ve yet to add Martian, so for now I’m just practicing Russian.

5. Favourite Earth food: Love me some mashed potatoes

6. Favourite moment/memory from your experience at Story Planet: Once in a story writing workshop we were coming up with a character, and one of the students suggested it be “Tall like Miss Anna.” I felt so seen.

Story Planet is Looking for Volunteers!

At Story Planet, we love and appreciate every single one of our amazing volunteers, and we would love to have more folks join our incredible team!

We are looking for volunteers to help us with our in-school workshops for the Winter Term (January – March, 2018). Please read through the details below thoroughly to find out more about how to apply.

As a workshop volunteer, you will:

  • Support Story Planet facilitators & artists during our high-energy literacy workshops in school all over the GTA
  • Work one-on-one with students to help them build their confidence as well as their communication and writing skills
  • Be a mentor to students of all ages, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12
  • Get loads of great experience working with children and youth in groups and one-on-one
  • Have loads of fun and be totally inspired!

To become a Story Planet workshop volunteer, you must be able to commit to:

  • Volunteering with us for the entire winter term (January – March)
  • Volunteering 3 hours per week between 8am – 3pm, Monday – Friday (our workshops take place during school hours, and will be scheduled in advance)
  • Travelling to various schools in the GTA where we conduct workshops
  • Completing a vulnerable sector police check (this will be done through Story Planet, and costs $20)
  • Attending a volunteer orientation and training session.
If you are interested and able to meet all of the above requirements, please email the volunteer coordinator Liz Mochrie at volunteer@storyplanet.ca with the subject line: “Volunteer Application for Winter Term.”


In your email, please provide a brief explanation (2 – 3 sentences) of why you would like to volunteer with us. After that, you will be sent the full volunteer application form as well as further details.


Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!

“Victoria’s Adventure” by Ms Bourgeois’s Grade 4 Class

Artwork by Giovanna Galuppo

Our Character:

  • A female, green-skinned alien from Mars named Victoria who plays professional soccer for Germany
  • She’s famous
  • She really wants to win the world cup
  • She’s 28 years old
  • She has one turquoise eye and wears glasses
  • Has blonde hair past her shoulders
  • Has 5 mouths and a long purple tongue, and has sharp teeth
  • Has 4 arms and hands and 1 leg with a robot wheel for a foot
  • She can fly and make herself invisible
  • When she get mad while playing soccer, she can “ice” her opponents or the referee (which gets her a red card)
  • She is joyful and super nice, but is grumpy in the morning
  • She saves people
  • She lives in Mexico
  • She plays soccer in May
  • Her family is all red-skinned and lives on Mars
  • She is afraid of toasters, heights, bees, and raccoons at night
  • She is allergic to water and drinks lava
  • She eats wood and grass (grass is like ice cream to her)

Our Setting:

  • An island  with a big beach that is very hot, smells like fish, and has a big shark on the beach
  • There is a forest and big mountains
  • The forest is filled with trees that grow fruit, chirping birds, and in the forest you can hear whispering voices and creepy laughter
  • There is a jungle with a secret cave made of rocks
  • In the cave there is a sleeping, snoring dragon protecting the gold
  • There is grassland with two foxes that live in it
  • There is also a swamp that is very muddy where a crocodile lives
  • On the island there is also a museum that is full of dinosaur bones
  • Outside the museum there are two statues of lions and a creepy song playing
  • There is a fun fair with a bouncy castle and a creepy castle

Victoria’s Adventure

Victoria was playing in the most important game of her soccer career in Germany! She was the second most famous soccer player in Germany because she had four arms and hands, one leg with a wheel for a foot, five mouths, and a long purple tongue. Some of her teammates didn’t want to be her friend because she looked a little bit different. This was because Victoria was a green-skinned alien from Mars. She was allergic to water and could only drink lava, so she turned glasses of water into lava, which always made her teammates a little nervous.

Victoria wanted to have an unlimited supply of lava, and she had heard of a secret cave that contained magical lava that would always replace itself even after she finished it.

During the break of the soccer game, Victoria realized that she was fast enough to fly to the island and return in time to finish the game. She made herself invisible so no one would notice she was gone, and took off flying toward the island. She landed on a sandy beach and saw a big shark lying on the sand.

The shark had a deal for her. If she helped him get back in the water, the shark would grant her three wishes! She agreed, and began to help him.

Victoria searched the beach and found some rope. She flew back to the shark and tied the rope around his tail and then took flight again and began to pull him into the ocean. She used her powers to freeze the shark and the water so that she wouldn’t get wet. Once the shark was in the right position, she unfroze the shark and the water.

The shark was so happy to be back in the water. He was now ready to grant her wishes.

“What are your three wishes?” The shark asked her.

Victoria thought to herself, “What do I want most?”

She knew she wanted to win that soccer game so she wished for a copy of herself that she could send to finish playing the game while she continued to explore the island. He granted her wish.

“I wish for you to give me the power to transform into a human!” she said to the shark. The shark took only a moment to give her this new power. As her alien self she was still allergic to water, but if she transformed into a human water would no longer harm her.

“My last wish is for lava to make my powers even stronger!” The shark swished his tail, and granted her third wish.

“Thank you, Shark!”

Having her three wishes granted, Victoria flew off to find the cave of magic lava. When she got there, she saw a sleeping dragon protecting the lava. He was lying right in front of the lava – there was no way to get to it!

Victoria used her shrinking powers to make the dragon as small as a rabbit. Then she made herself invisible and flew over the now tiny dragon and grabbed the cauldron of lava.

She had done it! Victoria had got the magic lava!

She flew off, rushing to make the soccer game, but as she was crossing the ocean, the cauldron slipped from her fingers and fell into the ocean, where it sunk into its watery depths…


“Valkry and the Haunted House of Secrets” by Ms Beretta’s Grade 4 Class

Artwork by Chris Green

Our Character:

  • Is a 50 year old zombie named Valkry
  • He goes undercover as a boy named Ollo
  • He bullies people and is really annoying because he talks too much and says whatever comes to his mind
  • He has many superpowers: invisibility, teleportation, telepathy, x-ray vision, super speed (can run 1000 miles per hour), super strength, and can shoot lasers from his eyes
  • He has a big, annoying german shepherd
  • He is also a taekwondo master
  • He doesn’t like to learn anything
  • He likes to save people
  • His family lives in another country
  • He lives in a country called Cansada
  • He has friends but doesn’t like playing with them
  • He wears a black ninja suit, has 2 inch long nails, is 4 feet tall, and has long black hair and blue eyes
  • He has a team
  • He is afraid of spiders

Our Setting:

  • Takes place on Halloween 1000 years in the future in a place called Tombstown
  • It’s snowing and kind of cold outside
  • It’s nighttime
  • There are 3 foot tall trees with lots of leaves on them, but at night they grow into big trees
  • There are big trees that turn into werewolves at night, and you can hear them howling!
  • There is a big green snake and a little baby yellow snake slithering through these trees
  • Otherworldly creatures live there: human sized robots, laughing witches, and one zombie
  • There is a super tall haunted house that no one has ever lived in, but there might be a vampire inside and a scream can be heard coming from the house
  • There are really cool electric cars flying around everywhere
  • There is a stormy wind blowing
  • There’s a castle down a pathway, and it’s a really safe place that you can go to if you’re scared
  • In Tombstown, there is a time travelling hat that is purple and covered in super cool buttons

Valkry and the Haunted House of Secrets

Once upon a time, there was a zombie named Valkry. A scientist gave him a costume so he could disguise himself as a little boy so that no one would get scared of him and kill him. He also had trouble making friends since he was a zombie, which was another reason why he disguised himself as a boy. He wore the costume to turn into a normal boy, but on Halloween night, he was able to go out without a disguise.

Valkry lived in an invisible house in a graveyard in Tombstown, Cansada. Tombstown had a big problem – it was always nighttime except on January 1st. It had been night time for 1,000 years!

There was a vampire that lived in a haunted house in Tombstown. In the house there was also a baby. They had a secret cellar under the house that controlled the Earth’s rotation so that it was always night time! The vampire was also making a potion to make all the people in the world evil.

In the cellar, there was a magical purple witch’s hat with buttons that could fly you up to 4,000 years into the past.

Valkry was walking through the werewolf trees when he saw two paths. One led to the haunted house and one led to a magical safe castle.

Valkry went to the haunted house because he wanted to get the special hat so that he could go back in time to prevent Tombstown from being plunged into eternal nighttime. When he went into the house, he found another zombie named Valentina, who he could be friends with.

The vampire was guarding the time-travelling hat so that Valkry could not reverse his night time curse. Valkry knew the vampire well, because they used to be best friends, before the vampire turned evil.

Valkry opened the door to the cellar and saw a machine that controlled the earth’s rotation! Then he heard a creepy voice behind him say, “Stop right there!”