The Lord of the Hat
The Creature From My Closet
By Obert Skye
Henry Holt and Company Copyright © 2015 Obert Skye
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CALM BEFORE THE STORM
In a house on the ground there lives a Robert. That's me. Robert Columbo Burnside. My family also lives in that same house. Their names are coming in a moment. Families are kind of weird. I mean, I like mine, but it's sort of strange that we all have to get along and live together under one roof.
These days there are all kinds of families. I saw a show about a man with a parrot and a coatrack who kept talking about them all being family.
There's a TV station that always features Today's New Family. But then all they show are programs about people who live in swamps and movies about superheroes or witches.
Yep, families come in all shapes and sizes. I guess if I had to describe my family, I would say it's medium-sized and kind of boring. My mom naps a lot on the couch, my dad thinks things like jigsaw puzzles are exciting, my older sister, Libby, spends a good part of her day looking in the mirror, and my little brother, Tuffin, is crazy about a terrible kid show called Toe Time.
My family is pretty bland. Normal things like family dinners are usually a snoozefest at my house. We don't always eat together, but when we do, sometimes it puts me to sleep. If anyone ever made a movie or TV show out of one of our normal dinners, it would be pretty dull and the cast would be kind of lame.
It might be a stretch comparing my family to a movie, but I have movies on my mind. Sure, my closet has been pushing books on me, but this week my brain's thinking about movies.
I like previews for movies, I like movie theaters, and I even like watching movies on TV. But what really has me pumped about movies is making them. Last week my best friend, Trevor, got a video camera from his dad. Since then we've been filming things with our other friends in our spare time. Then we upload the movies to YouTube. We've only finished one movie, but already it has thirty-seven views.
Everyone has been making suggestions about what our second movie should be. Some suggestions are way better than others.
We appreciate the ideas, but Trevor and I already know what our next big movie will be. It's based on a script that I wrote. It's called Mustache and the Mighty Cool Adventure. I'm going to play the star, Mustache, but we're going to use our other friends to help. (Continues...)
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