Tarantula Trouble – Patricia Belford
1900 words Children 7 -9
Eight year old Toby`s latest hobby is spiders, especially tarantulas. He wants to see a real tarantula but there isn`t one at Tropical World. His quest lands him in trouble at home and finally his harassed parents forbid him to mention the subject. Then for his birthday, Grandpa has a wonderful surprise.
Toby had found the most amazing book in the library and he couldn`t wait to read it. He ran home and flung open the front door. “Hi!” he shouted as he dropped his jacket and school bag in the hall. “Toby, don`t throw your coat and bag on the floor!” That was Mum from the kitchen. She had X -ray eyes that could see through brick walls. Toby hung up his things then flopped on the sofa with his book. It was called “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Spiders.”
Unk’s Umbrella – Patricia Belford
1100 words children 6 – 8
Tim`s Uncle Kenneth, whom he calls “Unk” is an inventor and his birthday presents are always brilliant. When all Tim receives from Unk is an umbrella, he is disappointed, until he and his friend Oliver discover that it has magic powers.
Tim waited at his front gate for Uncle Kenneth, whom he called Unk, to arrive with his birthday present. It was three weeks late, but he didn`t mind. That morning Tim had received an email: “Birthday present ready. Will arrive at 10am. Unk.” Tim couldn`t wait. His uncle`s presents were always mega brilliant because… UNK WAS AN INVENTOR! For his last birthday Unk had invented a stupendous skateboard. Tim could do fantastic tricks, even figures of eight, without falling off.