Monday, July 7, 2008


Last Christmas my brother gave us a "Make Your Own Opoly" game. You pick a theme and decide what the different spaces on the board will be, what the money will look like, and what will be on the good news/bad news cards. After brainstorming off and on for months, the kids and I finally got everything decided. Not surprisingly, we made a "Bookopoly" game. Everyone got to put in some of their favorites. Some of the properties for sale are Mr. McGregor's garden, 221B Baker Street, the "great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River," and Narnia. (Narnia is the most expensive property, of course.) The "jail" space is Mordor. But the most fun was making the good news and bad news cards. We intend to make more, but here are some of our favorites.

Good news:
You exhibit your giant brother at a circus all afternoon. Collect $200.
You open a repair shop next door to Mr. Fixit's. All his unsatisfied customers come to you right away. Collect $1000.
You sell your horse to a bunch of hobbits and a Ranger who look like they're in a hurry to get somewhere. Collect $500.
Sam-I-Am runs out of ham. He comes to your door to ask for more. "How much?" he hollers. "A hundred dollars."

Bad news:
You got carried away, you bad mouse. Pay $500 for dollhouse damages.
Your school bus got stuck in the time of the dinosaurs and you locked yourself out. Pay $100 for a locksmith, quick!
Basilisks in the plumbing AGAIN. Pay $200 for drain cleaner.
You lost your library card. Go to Mordor.

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