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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

In The Middle

By David J., Tuley Park Words@Play Program
True Stories Poems Songs That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2006

Being in the middle is hard
I hate getting beat up by my big brother
And annoyed by my little brother
And always messed with
Sometimes my little brother
Messes up my room
Sometimes
My big brother tears up my posters
So I have to go to the store and buy another one.
I don’t like being in the middle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When my mom goes out
My little and big brothers toture me.
Middle
Middle
Middle
Middle
Middle
Middle
Middle
Middle
I don’t like being in the middle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I Am Foggylogg With a Long Tail

By Treasure T., South Loop School
Poems Songs That's Weird, Grandma

I am Foggylogg with a long tail.
I see big birds with purple dots.
I fear lava with jello in it.
I hope one day I can be a fly eater
I am Foggylogg

I am Biggligg Fogglogg’s sister
I think I should fly with birds with purple dots
I cry when Fogglogg eats bugs
I touch anthing nastey
I am Biggligg, Fogglogg’s sister

I am Coggfogg, Fogglogg’s brother
I try to talk to them
I pretend to be a monster
I say to them everyday I love you
I am Coggfogg, Fogglogg’s Biggligg’s brother

I Remember When I Went To The Circus

By Daviona C., 3rd Grade, Reavis Academy
True Stories That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2006

I remember when I went to the circus it was when I was six years old. The circus was great I saw all kinds of animals and acts. My favorite of the circus was when I saw the elephant because I love the elephant and I love the part when I saw the woman on the rope she spin around on the rope her hair was flying in the air she was spinning fast and she did not even fall of the rope. I saw my favorite actor I ask her can I get her autograph she said yes. I win lots of games at the circus. I bought some cotton candy it was very good. I saw a clown and I saw lots of mime. I really liked the mime too. I was watching the mime about for an hour I like the part when the mime was walking down then stars I was really interested in the mime I took the mimes picture I ask the mime can he teach me how to walk down the stairs but he really was not walking down

I Am The Floor

By William H., 3rd Grade, Reavis Academy
That's Weird, Grandma

I think the floor do not want to be down because it get dirty and people walk on it all day long. How do you like if the floor walk on you all night long so you can not go to sleep and our mom will say go to bed but the floor keep walking on me for this week and all night long.

I Am a Zookeeper

By Cecilia L., 4th Grade, Lee School
That's Weird, Grandma

I am a zookeeper. I work at the zoo. The best thing about my job is feeding them and pet them. The worst thing about my job is that it smells bad. One day when I was working the dolphins wet me. The other day the penguins throwed the fished at me on the face. The next week had to train the dolphins for the show. In the day of the show I won a trophy!

Untitled (Hunter)

By Steve S., Cleveland School
That's Weird, Grandma

Once there was hunters who lived in a forest.  One time they has an argument about who’s gun was cooler, shoots good and how powerful it is.  A man named hunter said “the only way to settle this is by having a gun fight to see who’s gun is cooler, shoots good and how powerful it is!”  So they had the gun fight but all they were shooting was the trees, flowers, grass and everything that is nature.  But then after that ran out of Ammo it doesn’t matter what gun is cooler.  But the one person who had a lot of Ammo left was hunter.  He said “I have the most Ammo here now if you don’t want me to shoot you guys I suggest you admit my gun is more cooler, shoots good and powerful.”  Then the hunters admitted that hunter’s gun was cooler, shoots good, and powerful then he started saying “Yehaw, Yehaw.”  He shot three times and shot a hunter on his butt and he said “ow, ow, ow lets just say we never use a gun again.”  The end!

He Cheated Me Out Of My Money!

By Antoinette R., Reavis Academy
True Stories That's Weird, Grandma

I remember when I went to the store with my Grandmother. I bought a pack of Now and Laters. And two packs of gum. I know I had twenty-five cents left. The man give me fifteen cents. “I” need two more nickels. But my Grandmother said lets go. I told her he cheated me out of my money. We was going out and a woman give me a dollar. I said thank you. I didn’t know her. But I still said thank you. That was the right thing to do. I think about it everyday. I talked about it all the way home. If I knew her I would celebrate. I was very sad. I was very Angry. I was a little happy that she give me a dollar. Amen!

Ghost Coach

By Cristian M., 4th Grade, Columbia Explorers Academy
That's Weird, Grandma

Once upon a time a coach was on a crmshel and died and his spear it made his team win the World seres-and only one player saw him the caoch, said hey Jack.  Jack said “your died!  The coach said, “I no it’s weard!”  Jack won the winning shot to win the game.  Jack said, “thank you,” you did it on your own.

How I Learned To Break Into My House

By Jorge F., Columbia Explorers Academy
True Stories That's Weird, Grandma

I remember when the door was closed and locked we tried and tried to open it and we also tried breaking the door but no way so we had no choices and we also broke the window and I was an expert at breaking doors and stuff I broke the window and got inside and opened the door and that’s how I learned to break in my house.

Gum In My Hair

By Allison L., South Loop School
True Stories That's Weird, Grandma

I remember that I was 9 year old. My mom told me and my brother Jeffery go to bed so I was sleep with gum in my mouth. I fall a sleep. The gum fall out of my mouth and went on my pillow. It was in my hair. I went to my mom and say: mom, mom I have gum in my hair. She took me to the Bath room. She took scissors and cut my hair!