This is the Ballad of Loathsome Larry,Oh that man, he was so contrary,
he could quite defend, a position
of cowardice indifferent to offend.
On a night out, blind-dated you see
he got not what he wanted, so sat
in a tree. Not any tree this, 'twas lit
by three: red, yellow and green and
and at a count 'til one, two, thr--
at which he bolted his date on a
cold winter's eve, she watching
gape-mouthed as he hastened
to flee. This tale of a fool is told
every year, so that both large ones
and small may point and jeer. For
Larry was heard to say, as he sped
out of sight: 'You pick up the tab,
I'm calling it a night!'
Larry was also a known enthusiast -- enthusiastically pursuing his Ballad too long in the pointless, the rough of composition, and to short in actual meaning. The devotion to silliness, to irrelevance---to the illogical, which too many would-be children's authors find themselves, whether by plan or by accident, tramping through is an ever-danger of the genre. And...why? Because they're kids..?
I like to say, once your story has turned into a rather non-directional romp through fantasyland where you are throwing in characters, creatures, thangs & names, you've gone off to see the wizard and there aren't many recovery programs there in Oz.
It would do a body good, and a plot better, to remember that children are NOT stupid. Lacking in life experience: obviously. But easily capable of determining when the story they are reading is wandering well off-path, off-topic and into the realm where they may more devotedly be patronized to---because the creator of the story, that world, ran out of ideas or had no sustainable plot from the outset.
Do not let this happen to you! Don't be Loathsome Larry: a person who will book an outing or event and bolt without explanation or warning at the first stoplight---particularly if you're not in the car with him. Following, always a bad position to be in off the pole. If nothing else presents itself, then dash the project itself and start over with something newer, fresher. You got into this, now get yourself out.
As an dded example, I will highlight just as a sample some writing Larry had done [it's listed here on Booksie]; and I can include even more, if you like. From drafts & whatnot it will become evident what going 'off to see the Wizard' looks like.
Frank L. Baum got away with this (as well as some horribly published 1st editions of his first book). This doesn't imply that you can. Indeed, without a solid basis, everyone who comes after can well expect they will not be able to pull off the same stunt. And why should you? There simply isn't enough space on shelves for too much brainlessness.