Valentiny Story and Illustration


Here’s my story for the 1st Annual Valentiny Writing Contest, graciously hosted and organized by Susanna Leonard Hill.

The challenge: Write a Valentiny story for children 12 years and under, including a grumpy character, and having no more then 214 words, (not including the title) because Valentine’s Day is on… You know 2-14. 

For more stories visit Susanna’s website

Funny Bunny Saves Valentine’s Day

Michelle Kogan © 2016

     “What shall I dooooo?” cried Funny Bunny, “trouble’s coming, my whiskers sense it.

Valentine’s Day is almost here. I need a plan. I must win cousin Dodger over and save

Valentine’s Day!”

      Funny was lost in a sweet Valentine’s dream when…

She awoke by a bucket of slushy mush dumped all over her.

     “Rise and shine kooky cuz,” said Dodger stomping loudly.

     “Ugh—Ooo my favorite cuz is here!” she said slipping on the slushy mush Dodger

spilled everywhere.    

     “G-r-u-m-p, grrrumppp, why’s she so happy?”

    “Cause Valentine’s Day is coming dandy Dodger.”

     “Rrrr, another sappy holiday…”

     “I’m so glad you’re here Dodger, we can finish decorating valentines.”

     “Blaaah!” said Dodger, dumping dirty paint on all her cards.

      Cringing, Funny asked, “Would you deliver them?”

      “Yes,” said Dodger, “I’ll add a special…”

       “What?” said Funny

       “Aw nothing,” said Dodger, grabbing the valentines and leaving.

        Funny followed secretly behind…

        On each valentine Dodger drew a dastardly face, dipped them in slushy mush and

delivered them.

        At Fussy’s hole, he complemented Dodger for his s’wonderful, sw’avante-garde


      “G-g-g-g-r-r-r-r-ump!!!” said Dodger defeated.

      Desperate, Dodger could take no more. Instead of doing another devious deed, on

 Valentine’s Day he and Funny decorated the burrow with dainty Valentine ditties.

For Funny,

A heartfelt Valentine,

genuine, sure to shine





About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: and her website:
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16 Responses to Valentiny Story and Illustration

  1. Trini Lind says:

    Oh, so lovely! 💖💖. And gorgeous illustration! 🌸✨🐇🌸✨

  2. Gabi Snyder says:

    Sweet story and lovely illustration.

  3. Cute story and a great illustration.

  4. JEN Garrett says:

    Love how Funny out-sunshined Dodger’s grumpiness.

  5. Heather Dent says:

    Your watercolors are always delightful. This one really brings the story to life.

  6. setwiggs says:

    I have to remember to be positive like Funny no matter how grumpy those are around me.

  7. What a pretty illustration, Michelle! Good luck in the contest 🙂

  8. I don’t think grumpy Dodger ever stood a chance against Funny’s determined cheerfulness! 🙂 LOVE your illustration! Thanks so much for joining in the first ever Valentiny fun, Michelle!

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