Meet Rotten Potato

Stanley Ko

Stanley Ko

Second Place Winner; Age 0-7 Category. San José Public Library | Fall into Fiction Contest, 2022

This is Rotten Potato who was completely green and had big eyes and some molds. He was born and raised on a potato farm in Idaho until the day the rich people came to the farm to buy ripe potatoes. All his 1,000,000 brothers and sisters were sold in large sacks.
Sadly though, he wasn't. He begged and said to the farmer, "Please sell me in one of those potato sacks, please!" he begged. But the farmer refused, looking at his molds. He still threw him away.
After 5 years of trying and trying to get out, he finally succeeded to climb up the trash can. It had been a few years since he had seen the landscape. He kept walking to look for a good place for him. As he explored more and more places, he wondered more and more. Then, he decided to go to the nearby school, so he could find all the answers to his wonders
There he met Snowman, Rotten Potato asked, "Do you attend this school?" "Yes! Do you?" Snowman asked Rotten Potato and Snowman were best friends in a blink of an eye. They played together. Unfortunately, life was still tough for the little potato. Bullies teased him because he smelled so bad. "Ew you are the grossest person I've ever seen" many classmates avoided him. But, Rotten Potato stood up for himself and said "It's okay if I smell bad."
Snowman didn't mind how bad Rotten Potato smelled, after all, his nose is a carrot and nobody put nostrils in it!
Now, Rotten Potato lives and learn at the school. His best buddies are; Cat, Snowman, Rotten Apple, and many more. He is no longer lonely. He has his own tent to sleep in and for dinner he cooks with his friends. His favorite food is Sushi, Grilled Cheese, and lots more. For lunch he eats in the school cafeteria. Everything is great with his friends.
He cares very much about his friends, because he thinks they are kind of like his family. "Would you like some stuff for chilly winters?" He bought pillows and blankets for his buddies and even got another tent for them! He put a pillow and blanket in the refrigerator for Snowman and set a fluffy tuna shaped patterned one for Cat.
Rotten Potato loves playing hula hoop tag at recess and Skillball which is a game that passes and receive a ball at lunch. During his school year, he learned many things, he often enjoyed folding origami and drawing. He is excited whenever he makes something new for himself. He has a wonderful second grade teacher named Mrs. Snake.
He saw many new colors, too. Some of his favorites were purple, teal, and blue. Rotten Potato is 7 years old now and so are his friends. He sometimes plays Dodgeball or Chaos Tag with his classmates.
He always roasts marshmallows just after dinner beside his tent watching the moon happily. One time he roasted a marshmallow and it got too hot, so Rotten Potato asked Snowman "Can you cool it down for me?" And Snowman said "Yes" They laughed a lot. Another thing he enjoys a lot is to eat Boba juice with his friends. His pet hamster also likes eating Boba. He had named the hamster Crackers.
Rotten Potato gets along with his friends most of the time. He loves pranking them with jokes and riddles! His birthday is on October 25th, 2014. Rotten Potato has a really great life now with his new friends. And he lived happily ever after.

Second Place Winner; Age 0-7 Category. San José Public Library | Fall into Fiction Contest, 2022

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