Once upon a time there was a girl named Hope. And she had a mom named Liz and a father named Ricky and one day they went to a picnic and they are going to have their picnic at Bird Island so the took there binoculars. When they got there it was really crowded and luckly they found a perfect spot. Suddenly they saw fireworks and birds flying away to live many birds died and only a few lived. To remember the birds who died the holday would be called Tragic Fireworks.
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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!
14. The Bubblegum
17. The Bean
21. Work Together
Once upon a time there was an old lady that lived in a boat house. Her names was Ashley. On Halloween she always scared the people. She scared them because she was old and everybody thought she was a witch. And every night she knocked on people’s door because she didn’t have friends. The people thought she was mean and told her to get out of their property! Then in Halloween a boy came to her house and she turned him into a frog. So the boy’s sister came to look for him in the old lady’s boat house. But then Ashley turned the sister into a frog because she loved frogs! Finally another old lady named Cindy came to ask Ashley to be her friend because she didn’t have any friends either. So they became friends and Ashley turned the frogs back into children. The children also became friends with Ashley.
By Jessica G., Joanna G., Hendry N., Irbaz P., Jacqueline M., Alexandra E., Amber P., Cesar P. and Ajeet S., Cleveland School
That's Weird, Grandma
A lady named Amanda was in a UFO. Some aliens came and turned into cute men to trick the woman into following them into the UFO. Inside the UFO there were lots of leaves. The leaves smelled like perfumey candy food…She ate one leaf and turned dizzy and fell asleep. When she woke up she had three fingers, three eyes, and three antennas, and she was half-way green. The aliens welcomed her to the UFO and she slapped the aliens and said “What have you done to me!!!” She looked nice for the aliens but for humans she looked horrible. So the aliens married her.
Once a pond of time there was two women watching a dog poop. They just came back from a fancy restaurant they said yuk There name was Tia and Jashay. It was nasty. But Jashay said Why are we looking at nasty stuff? Let’s go to the water tower. They looked at nice clothes. The End.
When I was little it was Christmas I was 5 years old a glass Christmas ball fall from the tree. Then I ate it and I was screaming a lot. My mom and dad and brothers took me to the hospital they did x-rays and they found it then they were waiting, then they said to my mom take him to the bathroom. Because I needed to use it because they said they were going to operate me but I said I have to use the bathroom and it came out and I was crying because I had a lot of cut on my behind and my mouth. The End.
By Tomas B., Little Village Academy
That's Weird, Grandma
They opened the door and found a boy sick he was throwing up all over the place they took him to the doctor. The doctor was mad because he was already leaving. They took him to the American Flag Hospital but there was a car park museum and it was closed the boy was sad. The boy was excited because they found a hospital opened the boy had faith on the doctor in the hospital. The boy was happy because he was cured.
Once upon a time, there were seven penguins. They lived in an abandoned building in a refrigerator. They lived on a different planet. They were very hungry and they didn’t know how to get to the North Pole to get food. They planned to hitchhike on an airplane to get to the North Pole. They put on hats and faces and coats and stacked on top of each other to look like humans. They didn’t have Plutonian passports to get to Earth, so they couldn’t get on the plane. So they jumped into suitcases. They got to the North Pole, and Santa gave them food.
Once upon a time there was a man named Truman. And he was joining the Big Race finals to win $300. When he was practicing he run 5 miles a day. When he run home he took his dog out and ran with his dog. His dog was named Ace. His dog was really nice and could run so fast. He was the fastest dog in the whole world.
Truman was a gym teacher. When he went to gym class he taught them to run 6 miles & he ran with them. Truman taught at junior high. The big race was in one more week. One more week to practice. When he got home he ran 10 blocks and went to the store, too. His friend was competing in the race. He was the fastest in Kansas City. He ran for two days. He ran from Kansas City to Memphis, TN. The race was in three more days. He asked Truman to practice. They ran from Kansas City to Chicago.
The race was tomorrow. When Truman practiced, he tried so hard he thought he could beat his friend, Laslo. “Today is the Race.” Said Laslo on the phone to his friend, Truman.
After Truman ate breakfast he took his dog out and ran. The race was 2 hours when the race was about to start, Truman took his dog to his son’s house. No dogs were allowed.
1 hour to the race. Truman was very mad because his friend Laslo was making fun of him because he was slow. Truman’s Dad knows Laslo’s dad. Laslo’s dad knew that he was a cheater.
The race was about to begin. They had to go from Kansas City to Sacramento. The race started at one o’clock. They had to run for 7 hours. Truman and Laslo were in the lead.
They made it to Denver. Laslo had a plan to cheat. He tripped Truman. Truman fell into a sack and got tied up. He didn’t have a cell, so he couldn’t call the police.
Laslo stopped at a restaurant named the 4 Aces.
Characers: Princess Tashay (PT), Princess Alveta (PA)
PT: I am inviting all of my princess friends to the castle for my sleepover.
PA: Princess Tashay we have to make our invitation for all the princesses of the world except the dangerous one.
PT: I am going to mail these invitations.
PA: Did you make a mistake and invite the dangerous princess?
PT: Yes. ****
PA: Today is the day of our party. Let’s get ready. A princess is at the door.
PT: oh no it is the mean one.
PT: let’s vanish her with our powers.
PA: Now she is gone forever.
PT: Let’s finish having our party.
PA: First let’s go to the ball and set up the party.
By Joseph W., Cleveland School
That's Weird, Grandma
One day their was a boy named Robin he worked at a lobster factory named Alberts one time while he was working a lobster jumped on his face and he was bleeding to death he call his mother and when she saw the lobster on his face she passed out then finally the lobster let go of his face and Robin ran away from the lobsters and then his mother got back up and did not see her son there so she look for him she found him and he said he would never work there again so he got a better job and he liked it and they all lived happily ever after.