Behold the wonder and majesty of the Barrel of Monkeys Story Archive! Here you can read over 15 years worth of stories written by children that Barrel of Monkeys have performed for the public. It’s been a magical journey.

In an effort to reduce the many obstacles that stand in the way of writing stories, making plays, and using imagination, we ask that students not focus on spelling and grammar while they craft their work. We ask that you keep this in mind when you delve into their masterpieces.

Trapped in the Maw!

By Nicolas L., 4th Grade, Peirce School of International Studies

Once there was a girl named six, she was trapped in the Maw she was looking for a way out. She went into a room and realized it was a spa and the people who worked there were getting massages and she said “Wrong room!” and slammed the door. The End.

The Three Stooges Back in Business

By Micahel, Kaylan, Shkiyra, Anthony, Darnell, Lauren, Maya, Nathaniel, Marshae, 6th Grade, Dewey School of Excellence

Once upon a time, there were the three stooges. They were best friends, so they decided to live together. They loved nature and wanted to have their own stuff so they bought a barn in Lucille Mountain in the year 3010. Moe, Tyrone, and Curly tried to raise money for their barn. It is old and near the edge of the mountain so it is about to fall off. They have a comedy fundraiser. Tyrone says “Comedy fundraiser right here”. They don’t have enough money. So they have to sell some stuff. They decide to sell Curly masks. Curly feels great because his face is everywhere. Vegetable Painting. They make enough money & Curly becomes famous. Tyrone & Moe become famous too because they are his acquaintances. Tyrone is jealous of Curly’s fame, so they get into an argument. Curly pushed Tyron into Moe which made Moe kick him down the stairs. Tyrone hits his head so hard that he goes into a coma. Tyrone loses his memory. He never wakes up until 1000 years. Moe & Curly went back to the barn & it got too old & fell on them.
1000 years later…
Moe & Curly are dead. Tyrone is the same as he was. He finds himself a job. He becomes a lawyer.
Then 1 year later he dies. They all meet in Heaven & have the same problems. Moe & Tyrone are still holding their grudges about Curly’s fame. Tyrone pays God to bring him back to life & go back in time. Moe & Curly’s children live in a village where mostly women live. Tyrone happens to go to the same village because he’s looking for a wife. He gets married & adores the children so that they will become famous. He doesn’t know it be he adopted Moe & Curly’s children. They find out who each other are. Tyrone loves his children and lets go of his grudge and they all live happily ever after. The End.

The Queen with No Friends!

By Dariyana, 4th Grade, Morton School of Excellence

Once upon a time there was a queen and her friends. And she said let’s go to a party and have some fun. But they said we have to go to the mall. So the Queen got mad and she yelled at them and they said sorry but we have to go now and she said go and don’t come by me anymore. We was sorry they said and she left and never came back and did not have friends. THE END.

The Girl who said NO!

By Victoria V, 4th Grade, Columbia Explorer's Academy

Once a girl named Layla and she live in a Beautiful grey house that was very big and she loved painting. One day her dad said “you have to find A husband”. But Layla said “no I am fine all alone”. Her father said “oh but there is wonderful guys out there.” So all the guys came in even if Layla said no. After Layla meet all the guys she said no to all of them the last guy came and her dad liked him but Layla said no and she ran out. So no Layla lives in a little house she made and she has no husband and still love to paint. The End.

The Butler

By DJ, Danny, Michaevion, and Sarah, Ravenswood Youth Guidance/BOM Summer Program

Once in a Mega Mansion in La, there were 2 Migos, Quevo and Offset. They were filming the video Stirfry. The Butler was getting drinks because their voices were dry from singing all day. Quevo and Offset began drinking the drink the Butler made, but it was nasty. The drink had a small bee in it, and it was bland with no taste, and it smelled like molding cheese. They spit the drink out back into the cup. They went and found the butler and poured the nasty drink on him. The Butler felt disrespected, he didn’t like smelling bad. He was raging. He smashed a glass on the floor and yelled “I quit!” They went back to filming but realized they couldn’t do it without the Butler because he was the camera guy too. So they hired a Manager so he could record the video. The next night they didn’t sleep well because they were thinking about what happened with the Butler. So they woke up, hired the Butler, apologized, and paid him $10,000. The End.

Monster’s Belly

By Dominic R, Dixon Elementary

Setting: Monster’s Belly
Characters: Prince and Prince the Singer

P: How did we get trapped in the monster?
PS: Because my concert is in the monster’s belly and it’s sold out.
PL How do you control the monster?
PS: Every time I sing. I can make the monster do what I want. (singing)
P: How many people can fit in the monster?
PS: 15 people. But we’re going to stuff in 25. It’s going to be crowded.
P: NOO!! That will not work it will be too many people and the monster might get hurt.
PS: OK OK You’re a party pooper. But you’re right. 15 people will be fine.
P: Okey-dokey
P: Oh know you lied 25 people too much to crowded help!!!!
PS: (Ha Ha Ha Ha) I win
P: Help!!! (again)

Malcolm X and the Monster and Zombie Infection

By Malcolm R, 4th Grade, Dixon Elementary

There once was a man named Malcolm X. One day Malcolm was taking pictures and recording. There were a lot of zombies and mutated humans (monsters) in the city. Malcolm was not scared at all,not a bit. He was in the military and he went to the bottom of his building. He put on brass knuckles and started punching and fighting. One zombie bit Malcolm on the shoulder. His friends named Gerald and Jayden came to save Malcolm. His friend kicked the zombie. They fought off the zombies together and survived. The End.

La Maestra Muy Enojada

By Brian C, Graves Elementary

Habia una ves dos estudiantes que se llamaror mary and jojo se portaron mal y las maestra los regano y los y evoyo a la ofisina y la principal les dio mil, 2illo, Billo, Triyon, Y 100 referhasy aprendieron su leccion. Fin.

English translation:

The Very Angry Teacher
Once there were two students named Mary and Jojo. They behaved badly and the teacher scolded them and they went to the office and the principal gave them a thousand, 2 million, billion, trillion, and 100 write-ups and they learned their lesson. The End.

King Banana Face

By Ruby D, Hearts to Art Summer Camp

Once there was a banana named King Banana face and he lived in the land called Boo Boo Banana. One day he was sitting on his throne and he realized he was lonely he wanted a friend. So he went out into Boo Boo Banana town center and looked for a friend. He saw cupcake but no too many sprinkles. Then he saw toast but no too much bread. Then last as he thought he would never find a friend he saw chocolate and he said to himself “hum no bad things wow” so he went up to chocolate whose name was coco and he said “will you by my friend coco?” “Sure.” she said. The End.

Queen Victoria’s Account of the Mystery of Lady Elizabeth

By Libby P, Loyola Park After School Program

I walked out from my palace to catch a carriage to go to a famous restaurant. I can’t recall the name now but as I walked through the door it was not as fancy as I had hoped but still fancy. I was greeted by Lady Elizabeth. She had said, “My husband seems to be missing at this time and would otherwise be here to greet you as well. I believe he is in the kitchen maybe helping prepare the food just for your presence.” She wore a sickingly yellow dress that made me wonder who her tailor was so I can make sure I stay far, far, far away I couldn’t be seen wearing something like that. The guests started complaining about the food saying it was a little off so as you might guess I was starting to get nervous. Because my food had not been served yet. Just then out of the midst of the banter of the room came a shriek. I of course had just eaten my food and was thirsty so I had just taken a sip from my glass so it surprised me greatly and I almost spat it out. But the cry of distress seemed to come from a customer who was just about to take a sip of soup when she saw a ghastly sight, an eyeball in her soup. Imagine finding some thing off of a living person in something you wish to consume. I would not only scream and shout I would sue! But later after the commotion had died down I went to the kitchen to inspect! But as I walked in there was more commotion. But instead with the police! A cook fully in uniform had handcuffs and was almost in tears. I almost felt bad! Lady Elizabeth was sobbing and as I looked around I saw a head. The End.