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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

Escalator Argument

By Martin C., 5th Grade, Cleveland School
Arguments That's Weird, Grandma

I think there should be escalators in schools.
1. First thing when you walk up the stair you hurt your back.
2. Second, you might slip off the stairs when they are wet.
3. Next, you can step on some ones shoelace and they could trip.
4. Last some one might push you when you are walking down the stairs and you can break a body part.
1. If you mop the escalator you can get electrified.
2. You might get stuck in a stair and loose your clothes.
3. You can fall and get hurt on the metal.


By Julie F., 3rd Grade, Cleveland School
That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues Wilmette 2007

Once upon a time there was a Captain Cheerleader and a Co-captain Cheerleader and the was 4 girls who were the back up Cheerleaders. The Captains name was Julie the Co-Captain name was Jasmin. The back up girls names were Natalie, Kayla, my cousin Jessica and my best friend Jasmin. We do flip and cartwheels and most of all cheer moves. We go to competitions. Most of the time we win the rest we lose. We have done 10 competitions. We won eight and lost two. We are going to the finals. If we win our team is going to be the best cheerleading squad in the school. The cheerleading group won the finals. They lived happily being the best cheerleading squad in the school.
The End!

800 feet tall American Girl Doll / A talking picture

By Abbey A., 2nd Grade, South Loop School
Dialogues That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues Wilmette 2007

Setting: A shoe the size of a house
Characters: 800 feet tall American Girl Doll / A talking picture

Narrator: Once upon a time there was a talking picture.  1 day he was going to ask a 800 feet tall American Girl Doll a question.  So she did.
Talk.: How tall are you?
Ame.: (Nothing)
Talk.: What? I didn’t hear you.
Ame: (Nothing)
Talk.: I asked you a question!
Ame.: (Nothing)
Amer.: (Nothing)

Untitled (My Name Is David)

By David F., Cleveland School
True Stories Songs Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues Wilmette 2007

I remember when I was third grade I like a girl I kept looking at her then when the barrel of monkeys came in our class room. When people where in group she was in my group I was so nervous I couldn’t even look at her. So then I look at her I wasn’t nervous so I was thinking what have happen then I told her something when I got home I forget what I told her. Then she said want to play at the play ground at the slide she went first she starting running so I just stop sliding and jump over it and I hurt myself.

Listen to the podcast episode adapted from this story!

The Little Cowboy

By Devonte V., Reavis Math and Science Academy
Dialogues That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2006 Wilmette 2007

little cowboy: Dad can I go out an feed my horse.

Dad: NO boy because it is danger out there.

little cowboy: But my horse is out there, he can keep me from the danger.

Dad: That horse is the danger.

Little cowboy: Dad please, I love that horse, how can I show him that if I do not feed him, he will die.

Dad: I said NO okay boy.

Mom: Way did you do that to that boy he is become a little cowboy he can not be one if his horse is dead so let him feet that horse.

Dad: I sad NO and no means NO I said.

Little cowboy: I wish I can live by my self.

Dad: boy you can go feed your horse and you can ride your horse boy because I love you and I am your dad and I will all ways love.

The Boat War

By Nne C., South Loop School
That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2005 Wilmette 2007

One day it was a great day, but until it was a war that start. But a lot of things happen to these people. Some people died some people stayed alive. It was a lot of booming sounds from the way I hear. I was in the boat it was warring. And I was scared and I woke up. I woke up and the war was done. I went upstairs in the outside of the boat. It was a lot dead people around. Some was alive and I was the doctor so I had to take off all those people. I didn’t know what to do but take all the bullets out of them. They came back alive but they was hurt really bad. They was in a lot of pain. It was not good for me and the guys. We won the match and now I was happy that we didn’t have to war anymore. But it was another war. It kept on going. Then we fight and fight until we won. But lost we almost lost, we did win. I went on the boat and I saw the doctor. But the doctor was scared. He was a doctor and he gave up.


By Eddie, Columbia Explorers Academy
True Stories That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2005 Wilmette 2007

Ones a day a kid said to me your stupid so I wondered if I really was stupid so then my friend told me that I’m not stupid so he came with me to tell me again that I was stupid so then a bigger kid said him a bad word so I told that kid to stupid and he hit me in my ear and I was bleeding so the kid that called me stupid said thanks for standing up for me so he became my friend and I still have the mark from were he hit me and the tall tall kid had detention for a week and their parent took with me and I told them what happened so his mom told me that he was going to get grounded.