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Earlier this week, Barrel of Monkeys invited writers of all ages to participate in free creative writing workshops in Millennium Park. The actors and educators at Barrel of Monkeys are now bringing the stories to life in a free show at Millennium Park (Cloud Gate). Enjoy the stories from our Millennium Park participates, along with stories written by our students in Chicago Public Schools.

We hope you enjoy the show!

1. A Story Blah Blah Blah

2. The Battle of Ice and Lava Go Bears

3. The Story of My Life

4. The Adventures of Little Butter

5. The Lowest Rate Hotel

6. Attack of the Facial Hair

7. El Jugo y La Hormiga

8. Rappers Airport Beef

9. The Destruction of Chicago

10. I am Lake Michigan
 
11. The Museum

12. CTA Zebras

13. Monster High

14. The Bubblegum

15. The Wind and the Rain

16. Chicago

17. The Bean

18. The Super Hero Squad

19. My Bugatti

20. Dogs

21. Work Together

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!

Why I think kids should be able to go buckwild and horse play for 5 hours straight

By Mikchayel W., Harold Washington School
Arguments Songs Monkeys Come Alive That's Weird, Grandma

First I think kids should go buckwild because kids don’t wanna learn. We wanna play. We wanna rule the classroom. We thirst for power.

Next I believe kids should play because most kids think teachers make learning boring.

Last I think kids should play in the classroom because why waste all our crazy energy on positivity. C’mon let’s destroy somethin’.

NO WAIT I DISAGREE.

I disagree because I don’t wanna loose all my energy.

Next I disagree because there’s 24 hours in a day and we only get 5 hours.

Third I disagree with myself because I just like arguing.

My Day

By Julian A., South Loop Elementary
True Stories Poems Songs Monkeys Come Alive

My day is always good
I have a fun day
Sometimes I have boring days
And sometimes I have happy days
I have a singing day
I have a big day
I have a flying day
I have a super day
I have a balloon day
I have a cake day
I have a girlfriend day
I have a book day
I have a zoo day
I have a hyper day
I have a power day
I have a mad day
I have a test day
I have a swimming day
I have a TV day
I like Friday because it’s fun
And the last day of the week
I have a karate day
I have a quick day
I have a breakfast day.

Bad Car

By Freddie B., 4th Grade, Chalmers Elementary
Songs Monkeys Come Alive Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2005

The car turned upside down and it flipped over to the side that had the suitcase in it. how did it flip over. because it was driving fast and it flipped over and i hope it won’t flip and blow up and people was looking at the car when it flipped over to the other when the people saw it and it had a song with it too. it called is a song that flipped over to the other side

and the people was sad because the car flipped over and they was looking at it and baby was crying and I was sad because the car flipped over and that was a good good very very good and pretty and i like that car and everybody else liked that car too. James liked that car too. Freddie liked that car and Sidney liked that car too and Elijah liked that car too and Jamal liked that car too and Patrick liked that car too Brandi liked that car too and everybody and I liked it too

and when the car flipped over I was not happy and when the car flipped over everybody I mean everybody was sad when the car flipped over

and I talked to people was in the car because they was driving fast too and the car flipped over because they was driving too fast and the people was sad because they was driving too fast and the policeman came and the firefighters came too everybody came too class was happy and I was the only me Freddie and Sidney and James was the only ones sad when the care flipped over when the people was in it too and I was very very very sad and I cried too because the car flipped over to the other side too and I was very unhappy when the car flipped over to the other side too and everyone was very

and a song too
here it go
[music notes]
The end of Freddie’s story.

Listen to the podcast episode adapted from this story!

Friends

By Desirae V., Loyola Park After School Program
Songs Monkeys Come Alive Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2005

One day I was playing video games. I went to the moon with my friends. My friends came to my grammother house. My favorite color is pink. I like to eat chicken. Moon dance Oh baby? Oh baby I like to eat McDonalds My favorite thing is the color orange I like to exercise I drink root beer I like to watch T.V.

Listen to the podcast episode adapted from this story!

The Knowheres

By Jannel C., 5th Grade, Harold Washington Elementary
Songs Monkeys Come Alive That's Weird, Grandma

The Knowheres were lived in the middle of knowhere. The Knowhere were a family of 15 teen 5 daughters, 5 sons, 3 grandparents plus the parents. The children were very bad. They screamed and hollard and threw things at each other but then were smart and obediant Elawiese was the first daughter but she always hopes and dreams. So the other kids always laugh at her but did not care. So she decided to go to America and no to surprise she was asked where she live and she said no where. So they bought her a house so she lived happily in America.