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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


By Alisha, Douglas Park Words@Play Program
Poems That's Weird, Grandma

Ode to my house
Ode to my cat
Ode to my dog
Ode to my car
Ode to my window
Ode to my friend
Ode to my Brother
Ode to my Mom
Ode to my Dad
Ode to my Cousin
Ode to my Grandma
Ode to my family
Ode to Miss Elaine

Ode to Hoodies

By Emily G., Rutherford Sayre Words@Play Program
Poems Songs That's Weird, Grandma

Oh, Hoodies,
I feel at home in you.
You provide me with protection from cameras
Making me mysterious
Helping me stand in corners awkwardly.
You let me fit in with Darius, Blake, and Matthew.
When I wear your comforting hood
I don’t have to do anything to my hair
I love you my hoodie.  You are so not lame.

I Remember When I Got My First Shark

By Oscar V., Seward Spring
True Stories That's Weird, Grandma

I remember when I got my first shark. It was in February my parents where whit me they said pick a good one then I went home and I put the shark in the fish tank. I feed him and I went to sleep. The next day the shark had died my sister told me. I went to change him the man said if I wanted that shark I said yes. The man got it and put it in a bag of water. My sister said she like it. The next day he had not died yet. My sister and my mom where happy that he hadn’t die yet. And my sister said he wasn’t like the other shark. My shark was nice and he lived for a long time. And then on January 19 he died. He had lived for more than 3 months. I was sad that he died because I was with him for a long time. But on next week I’m going to get another shark. So I’m going to like him and I’m going to feed him and also gonna make him grow. I think he’s gonna live longer then the other shark.

I Believe That Everything Needs to Be Chocolate

By Luis M., 4th Grade, William H. Seward Academy
Arguments Songs That's Weird, Grandma Celebration of Authors COA 2007

I believe that everything needs to be chocolate
My first reason is that you need to have chocolate because you could eat your house.
My second reason is that you could eat everything instead of buying it.
My final reason is that you could eat you homework and your teacher wouldn’t know what color is your paper.
That is why you need to have chocolate.

I Am a Teddy Bear / I Am a Child

By Najeeva F., 4th Grade, Dewey Elementary
Arguments Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues Wilmette 2008

I am a teddy Bear. I believe that you shouldn’t give a child a teddy bear. My first reason is because they squeeze too hard. My second reason is they take out your eyes my third reason is they take out your cotton in conclusion that’s why I believe a child shouldn’t have a teddy bear.

I am a child and I believe a child should have a teddy bear my first reason because is because they help you sleep. my second reason is they make you happy my third reason is you put there eyeballs in your mouth. In conclusion that’s why I believe a child should have a teddy bear.

Listen to the podcast episode adapted from this story!

Go to Court…Now

By Sergio A., 4th Grade, Cleveland School
That's Weird, Grandma

One day I was sent to court just because I “rob 10 jewlery stores.”  I said I only stole 60 gems in each one. I got up my seat and grabbed my cup of water and throw it at the judges. I ran out of the court room as fast as I could. They ran so slow. I got in a police car and drive off they never got me.


By Vivasan C., Loyola Park After School Program
Dialogues Songs That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues Wilmette 2008

Characters: 2 best friends, supergirl, a wicked witch, a jelly bean, a talking backpack, an evil queen, students, carebears, a lawyer, a president, a cat, a dog, a boy, Pelumi and me, Margaret, Ife, a talking lollypop, a talking car, a broken car

Setting: in a gym

Lollipop: I’m happy!

Everybody: Okay