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Black and Red

By Val B., Lincoln Park Words@Play Program
Poems That's Weird, Grandma

Black will taste like black cherries.
Red will taste like fake blood.

Black will feel like black hair.
Red will feel like blood.

Black will smell like worms.
Red will smell like blood.

Black will sound like crows crying.
Red will sound like someone bleeding.

Black looks like a shadow.
Red looks like a sunset.

Black reminds me of night.
Red reminds me of blood.

A black thing at home is a black PS2.
A red thing at home is a dead fish.

The Women Rampage

By Dante H., 4th Grade, Loyola Park After School Program
Songs Monkeys Come Alive Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2005 Wilmette 2007

Once upon a time there was a room full of food and men, but no women. Women always wanted to get in that room, but women were not allowed! One day women started throwing rotten eggs at the room because they were so angry that they started breaking in to the room, gobbling the food, and beating up the men. It was a women rampage. Then after all that they rebuilt the room and women were finally allowed to go in.

Battle For The Light

By Simon W., 3rd Grade, Haines School
Dialogues Songs Monkeys Come Alive Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2006

Characters: Black Elf/ Master of Darkness/ Magician of Light/ Master of the Sword of Light
Setting: Island of Darkness/ Island of Light/ Final Destination

Master of the Sword of Light (MOTSOL): Let’s head for the Island of Darkness.
Magician of Light (MOL): Be careful though.
MOTSOL: I will and you should help me.
MOL: I’ll come with you.
Master of Darkness (MOD): MOL and MOTSOL are fools.
Black Elf (BE): They will die!
MOD: They will once they come.
BE: They can’t stand up to our army of darkness!
MOTSOL: I sense darkness! Be careful!
MOL: I will MOTSOL. Spirits come to gather light! Yes spirits come!
MOTSOL: SLASH OF SPIRITS!
MOL: Yes, now it’s an army of light!
BE/MOD: NO!
BE: Head for the island of light!
MOTSOL: SLASH OF LIGHT!
MOD/BE: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
MOD/BE: Yes, Island of light.
MOD/BE: Yes, Island of light is destroy!
MOTSOL/MOL: NOOOOOOO!
MOD/BE: Yesssssssss!
MOD/BE: Muhahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!
MOTSOL/MOL: Head for the Final Destination!
MOD/BE: Follow them!!!
MOTSOL: SPIRIT SLASH!!!!!!!!
MOTSOL: Yesssss!!! DIE!!!!!!!
MOD/BE: NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
MOD/BE: THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING!!!
The End

Listen to the podcast episode adapted from this story!

Trapped In The Hospital

By Arturo S., 5th Grade, Cleveland School
Songs Monkeys Come Alive Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2005

Once upon a time in hospital there were only two patients a lonely scientist and a talking Potato Chip they were injured in a car crash they were mad at each other they were in the same room and tried to fight. One night the hospital people forgot about them and they were locked in. They yelled and yelled but no one heard them. The lonely scientist was hungry and told the potato chip I’m going to eat you. The potato chip said help! He is going to eat me. The Potato Chip ran and ran the lonely scientist ate him and said yum yum. The end. Monkeys Rule!

First Kiss

By Joshua I., 3rd Grade, Harold Washington Elementary
True Stories Holidays Valentine's Day Songs Monkeys Come Alive Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma

In the summer time last year just about before the school year was over there was this girl named Diana [note from the typist: all i’s in ‘Diana’ written with a heart as the dot on the i] that I sorta had a crush on she smelled like fresh fruit or flowers she was like a dream come true so total hot that she could almost hypmatize me to do or give her something. I had the most scariest gang of rough friends ever even the 8th graders were horrified of us we were vicious like a swarm of wild sharks. Diana had the most prettiest friends and all of my friends go out with them but I got beauty and brains. One day something changed completely after we had art and washed our hands Diana walk in and turn off the lights and frenched me WOW tolito! Man she could kiss so could I ♥

The Dog Was Dead

By Dinelle H., 4th Grade, Dewey School
Songs Monkeys Come Alive Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2005 TOTL 2006 Wilmette 2007

the dog was dead. He Hit His Head and He come Back to life. He was nice this time to the cat that had hated him the cat was just so mad Because the dog was dead and now he’s alive and the cat touch the dog and the dog said Wolf Wolf Wolf. and the dog said mmmm and it was so sad the dog was back alive. The dog was dead. He Hit His Head? He Came Back to life He Was So Nice.

Listen to the podcast episode adapted from this story!

El Perro Sin Dientes

By Martin S., Gladstone School
Spanish Songs Monkeys Come Alive Podcasts

Había una vez un perro que siempre jugaba con sus amigos los gatos. Pero un día que los animales decidieron jugar y correr. Uno de los perros corrió muy rápido y tropezó con una grande piedra, y el impacto fue muy grande que el perro se golpeó con una pelota en el hocico y eso le causó que perdiera su gran dentadura. Entonces el perro rápidamente corrió hasta un espejo y se miró y vió que había perdido toda su dentadura. Cuando llegó la tarde, el perro regresó a su casa muy preocupado por lo que dirían sus dueños. Los dueños dijeron: “No lo puedo creer, esa es mi mascota.” Entonces llevaron a el perro con su veterinario y dijo: “yo tengo la solución para ese problema, yo lo pondré con una dentadura de plástico.” Y así fué. Cuando los señores regresaron a su casa, ahora ellos regresaron con una nueva mascota y con una dentadura nueva en el perro.

English translation:

The Toothless Dog

There was once a dog that always played with his friends the cats. But one day the animals decided to play and run. One of the dogs ran very fast and tripped on a big stone, and the impact was really big so that the dog hit himself on the mouth with a ball and this caused him to lose all of his great teeth. Then the dog ran fast to find a mirror and saw that he had lost all of his teeth. In the afternoon the dog returned to his house and was very worried about what his owners might say. The owners said, “I can’t believe that is my pet.” Then they took the dog to the veterinarian and he said, “I have the solution for this problem, I will put in plastic dentures in his mouth.” And that’s how it was. When the owners returned home, they returned with a new pet and with a new set of teeth on the dog.

Listen to the podcast episode adapted from this story!