Last Friday, my three boys were overjoyed to bring home the books which they had been busy making during their week-long performing arts course. The almost-5-year-old twins’ books were extensively decorated on the front, and on the inside contained frantic scribbles and a few stickers. The eldest boy’s book contained a story, entitled The Pink Cheetah and the Gazelle. I am putting it here, just in case anything ever happens to that book. And also because, well sometimes it’s just good to have a glimpse into the world of an almost 7 year old.
I have typed the text entirely as it was written, and have just added a few clarification notes here and there – these are in brackets and not italicised.
The Pink Cheetah and the Gazelle
One day, the cheetah sprayed glitter on himself. He was called Calum. He was playing with Eddie the eagle.
Then he and antelope and whale turned pink within a second. Oh dear! They had the pink chicken pocks (sic). They were ill.
They went to hospital and they turned bad. They killed the vet and nearly died, with zebra kicking at them for what they did.
They were hit by elephant and rhino when Calum and Collie (another cheetah*) were in the car. The result was that zebra and rhino were killed and so were hippo and fish (you will be pleased to hear that elephant survived*).
Ostrich was furious about all this but he didn’t want to have another solution.
Zoe the Zebra (NOT zebra who died in the car accident*) was grief stricken on what had happened. She called Police Colly who was even worse. Harold the Hare refused all this to happen and executed King Norigenkan of Nigeria (Zebra). He became king himself. It was all because of the cheetahs.
The cheetahs began to act like anglo saxons when they got on to a boat to Paraguay. The route took 5 days.
The route from Kenya to Paraguay took 3 days.
On their last day in Kenya, they asked Karoun to execute everyone they did not like.
* = added by the editor for clarity.
Please don’t ask me about the gazelle – I have no idea. I am also unable to shed any light on what happened to Eddie the eagle, but am confident he has nothing to do with the skier.
And if you are eager to know who Karoun is then the next book in the series is definitely one for you.