Daddy’s Whiskers – Richard Smith

900 words Children 3 – 5 years

Michael loves his daddy’s bushy beard. The whiskery nest is brown, with splashes of grey, and it twines and twists down to his daddy’s chest, till the day a stranger steps out of the bathroom. Michael’s daddy has shaved it off and Michael no longer recognizes him. A face-chilling and heart-warming story about a young boy coming to terms with change.

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Michael’s daddy had a brown bushy beard that twined and twisted down to his chest. He was often humming through his whiskers in a low rumbly mumble. Michael loved his daddy’s beard with its little splashes of grey. He loved hiding his hands in the whiskery nest and rolling the springy curls between his fingers. Every morning after breakfast Michael would follow his daddy into the bathroom and together they’d brush their teeth. Michael hummed like a happy little bumble-bee while his daddy hummed a low rumbly mumble behind him.

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Doggy Bag – Richard Smith

1700 words Children 9 -11

11 year old Leo has to deal with a bully who often picks on him. He wants to turn the tables. He wishes his pet dog, Star, was a vicious guard dog and not the little friendly terrier that seems good for nothing but depositing turds that Leo has to clean up.

Leo discovers that good things don’t always come in small packages but sometimes small packages can lead to good things.

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“Hey, Leo, it’s beautiful outside! Leo?” Leo dragged his eyes from his book. His mum sounded like a TV ad for breakfast cereal. He knew she was up to no good. “Why not take S-T-A-R …” She spelled out the letters, “to the park for a W-A-L-K, before it starts to rain again?” His mum wiped her face with the corner of her apron. She looked hot and flustered. She had been making fudge for the school fair, but was now stirring a large pot of plum sauce, which bubbled and steamed on the stove. “Do I have to?” Leo sighed. “Puppies need exercise and so do eleven year old boys,” she replied, pointing to the door with her wooden spoon.

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