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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 Eddie, Columbia Explorers Academy
True Stories That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2005 Wilmette 2007

Ones a day a kid said to me your stupid so I wondered if I really was stupid so then my friend told me that I’m not stupid so he came with me to tell me again that I was stupid so then a bigger kid said him a bad word so I told that kid to stupid and he hit me in my ear and I was bleeding so the kid that called me stupid said thanks for standing up for me so he became my friend and I still have the mark from were he hit me and the tall tall kid had detention for a week and their parent took with me and I told them what happened so his mom told me that he was going to get grounded.

Star Wars 3

By Claudio F., Loyola Park After School Program
Dialogues That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2006 Wilmette 2007

[Note: this story was written months before the real “Star Wars 3” was released in theaters.]

LuK: It’s snowy today master.
Jar: Don’t worry. If you are patient it will be gone soon.
LuK: We are staying in de castle 3 more days.
Jar: We need food and supplies.
LuK: Then we are going to outer space.
Jar: Then we are getting to meet Turkey.
LuK: And then we are going to turkey city.
Jar: Then we are going to the sea to relax, take all the human souls to give it to another baby when the baby is gunna come. Now that the soul is gone, we’re going to give you tips about Jedis
To be continued
Jar: Now let’s practice
(They do. With sticks)
Jar: Let me give you tips. There’s a lot of Jedi moves. There’s difficult ones. But you are going to discover them alone
To be continued
Jar: Let’s practice in the ballogram. There we will get our sticks.
LuK: Let’s go first to metro city. Let’s get our octopus bus.
Jar: We have trouble. A giant octopus dragon is attacking us. Let’s go into a cave, we will be safe.
LuK: Oh no, the power is out. Let’s get our suits to swim.
They swim to metro city. To be continued.
To make war.

LuK: We win the war! Let’s celebrate!
Princess: I’m the princess. Now for helping us win the war you win the precious ball of justice.

The End

Pear and Apple

By Nick, 5th Grade, Pritzker School
Letters That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues Wilmette 2007

Dear Pear,
You are lucky because you have a good view of the city. I would like it if you consider changing places with me.

Dear Apple,
Your idea is weird and no I do not want to change with you. I like it here. We can’t switch anyway we are attached to the branch.
I hate you,

I Hope I See Him Again

By Gabrielle C., 5th Grade, Henry Suder School
True Stories Holidays Valentine's Day That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2006 Wilmette 2007

One day I meet this boy at the movies. He was looking at me and I was looking at him. He was fine, sexy, adorable, wonderful. It was so much I had to say. I knew he was the one. My friend Tenisha asked him did he want to go with me he said yea he asked what was my name I said Re-Re. Then he asked how old I were that really caught me. I said 13. Now he asked for my phone number and I said 1-800 talk to you later. And I ran. But after all he caught me by the car he asked if I was really 13. I told the truth that I was 12 years old. I had to tell him because it was hurting me inside. So he said OK because he was really 12.  So I found out that it is no reason to lie. Because someone might be the same age as you. Or have the same problem. The End. *I Hope I See Him Again*

Untitled (There Was Nothing)

By Giovanny M., 4th Grade, Seward School
True Stories Songs Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma

I remember that I went to my friends house then I got happy cause we watched a movie and we talked to each other that made me happy, and I was sad cause one day I never went back to his house cause we moved to a other house and I never got to see my friend again.  Once I was happy that we went to the park and we played so much and one day I was sad cause we never got to play in the park again.  I remember too that once I rode my bike and I had fun and I could ride past and I was happy but one day I was gonna ride my bike outside then there was nothing so I started to cry.  So now I can not ride my bike any more and now I don’t have nothing to do in my house just watch the t.v. and once I had playstation 2 but we went to our house we looked all over it and there was nothing so then I got so so sad and cry. And when I moved I went to a new school and I made new friends so I got happy cause I made new friends. And I had a hamster and one day I play with my hamster and a other day he die and I got sad and cried. And I liked my uncle and he died. I miss all of the once that died and I mist all of them and I am sad.

Listen to the podcast episode adapted from this story!

Untitled (Gum Drops and Ice Cream)

By Monesha W., Gale School
Arguments That's Weird, Grandma

I am miss walls I am 50 years old.
I believe there should be gumdrops for rain
My first reason is we could eat the rain
My second reason is the people who are huge for candy in it’s raining they could go out side for gumdrops.
My third reason is that every body would be happy
In conclusion, I believe that I love gum drops.
I am miss raffle I am 51 years old I believe that Ice cram is good for you is made out of milk and we shall have to eat it all the time and you could make it out of milk shake with strawberry and chocolate and vanilla with chocolate chips.

Wendy, Nancy, Josselyn

By Wendy G., Cleveland School
Dialogues That's Weird, Grandma

W: Hi Nancy, how are you?
N: Hi I’m fine, and you?
W: I’m fine too.
N:  What are you doing here?
W: Nothing just walking around the mall.
W: And you?
N: I’m looking for a beautiful dress because I’m going to a wedding on Friday.
W:  Really!
N: Oh!  I forgot to tell you that it’s our best friend wedding.
W: Uh-ha, and who is she?  (asking angry)
N: It’s Josselyn’s wedding.
W: Why didn’t she envited me too? Huh?
N: I don’t know!
N: You know what I’ll call her and ask her why didn’t she envite you. OK.
W: OK. See you tomorrow because I got to go. OK.
Narrator: Next day Wendy was walking in the park.
J: Hi Wendy