Night at Magic Town, by Nathan Gallup
Age 10, Columbine Elementary, Woodland Park, Colorado
2014 Magic Town Literary Contest First Place, Ages 6-10
When night falls over Magic Town, the people shout, “Yippee!” Though it is night in reality, they act as if it’s the start of the day. They busy themselves with morning activities such as brushing their teeth, combing their hair, and as for the late risers, eating breakfast.
As their day goes on, the people of Magic Town go to work. Some go about fixing street lamps; others head to the office building. In one particular building, a dog is having a fit over not being able to get a cat perched high on a shelf.
When it is noon in Magic Town (midnight, really), some people head to the park for a nice picnic lunch while others eat their dinner at tables inside. At 3:00, almost everyone drives to the stadium for a baseball game. The pitcher winds up, and the pitch!! The batter swings and, bum-ba-da-bum-ba-bum, a home run! The crowd goes wild!!
As dinner approaches, mothers prepare yummy meals for their families. The sounds of clinking dishes fill the streets.
Then, everyone sits down for a meal with all the special people in their lives. Next comes bedtimes for the children! Mothers and fathers tuck covers over their children and kiss them good night.
Suddenly, a bell jingles. Oh, no! Daytime in reality! All the people and children quickly get back in to place just as a person turns on the lights and opens the door. Now you know what happens in Magic Town at night.