By Dylan age 11
The minotaur statue stood in a shed. Suddenly, it came to life.
There had been a leak in the shed roof. As the rain came in, the plaster - which had encased a real minotaur – had washed off.
He felt clueless and confused.
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By Dylan age 11
The minotaur statue stood in a shed. Suddenly, it came to life.
There had been a leak in the shed roof. As the rain came in, the plaster - which had encased a real minotaur – had washed off.
He felt clueless and confused.
St. Fiacra’s SNS, 6th class, 12th October 2020
One Saturday at 2:30 Jack and his best friend, his Mom, Karen, were working out in the gym.
Jack was busy lifting weights while Karen was too busy screaming at someone who took the bench press.
Jack decided to move on to the rowing machine but he was so muscular that when he touched it, it came off the floor boards.
St. Brendan’s BNS, 3rd class, 9th October 2020
Once upon a time there was a tomato called Kevin. Kevin lived on a farm with cabbages and potatoes. One time a potato tried to kick Kevin off the farm.
When the potato tried to do that, Kevin’s friend the cabbage chased him away.
“Thank you for helping the tomatoes!” said Kevin.
St. Attracta’s, 2nd Class, Fighting Words Wicklow, 7th October 2020
Doge the dog and Ice Head were walking along the road, they were best friends.
“What do you want to do today?” said Doge the dog.
“Let’s go get ice cream,” said Ice Head.
St. Brigid’s BNS, 6th class, 7th October 2020
Claire the Chicken was a weird chicken, she was scared of the ground.
She always wanted to eat KFC even though she was a chicken.
She didn’t have any money so she had to rob the KFC.
St. Patrick’s National School, 3rd Class, Fighting Words Wicklow, 6th October 2020
One day, Mr. Mushroom the scientist was in his lab. Mr. Mushroom worked for Worm Man, his boss.
Mr. Mushroom was writing in his diary.
St. John the Baptist BNS, 2nd Class, 5th October 2020
Once upon a time there was a dragon called Kaomoji and his best friend was called Bob the Dog.
One day when he was looking for food, a human caught him.
The human brought him to an arena where he had to fight other animals.
Scoil Grainne, 5th class, 30th September 2020
Mr. McCorey lived in a mansion on top of a hill. He was sixty-two years old.
He lived with his sister. She lived in the bottom of the house and he lived on the top.
Mr. McCorey was cranky because his sister lived with him. If she ever went to his floor he gave out to her.
Central Model Senior School, 3rd class, 28th September 2020
Once upon a time Lola the Fairy Dog was wearing a coconut and she was playing video games.
She didn’t know she was a fairy dog.
She had turned into a fairy when Fury the Bear attacked the village.
St. Vincent’s Girls National School, Glasnevin, 4th Class, 25th September 2020
One day, Joe the prisoner found a loose brick under the toilet seat and managed to get out of prison.
After he got out, Joe went to get some money to get new clothes so the Gardaí wouldn’t know that he was a prisoner.
Then he went to the hairdresser to get a new haircut to hide his identity. After that, he bought some makeup to hide his tattoos.
St. Fiachra’s SNS, 6th class, 21st September 2020
One dark and stormy night, Pinky the Marshmallow was walking down the road.
Suddenly, someone randomly picked him up and put him in the bin.
“I never saw this strange fate coming,” thought Pinky.
Scoil Grainne, 5th class, 18th September 2020
My name is Eggo the White-Shelled Egg. I was born in a basket on Easter with other eggs.
All the other eggs hatched and went away but I was still there. My dream is to become human.
My friend Grum the Skeleton Dog is helping me to achieve my dream.
By Shonagh Purcell Tobin
once upon a time there was a dog called Chief. Chief was a lonely dog he had no friends.
So one day he decided to go out on his scooter and find some dog friends.
When chief was looking for some friends he spotted an ostrich and he thought that it was a bit strange to see an Ostrich just wandering around like that!
So Chief decided to go over to the ostrich and try and make friends with the ostrich.
Scoil Mhuire Agus Eoin 3rd Cork
Once there was a monkey all alone in the jungle and the monkey's name was Molly.
Then one day a giraffe came to the jumgle. His name was Gerry.
Gerry is really tall and his name is Gerry and he has lots of friends.
By Carter, age 7 - Co. Down.
There was a roller blades called Carter, they were green with fire logs on the side.
They could fly very high in the sky but they couldn't roller skate very fast.
Their greatest wish was to win an Olympic medal.
Backstage Young Curators Program, Longford, 10 June 2020
Once there lived a Tasmanian Devil called Tara. She was very evil.
Tara is hiding away in Africa, because all the animals in Tasmania kicked her out.
In Africa, all the animals and pets are outside because it’s so hot, so Tara is able to kill a few other animals.
By Noah, Age 8, Carlow
Once upon a time there was a puppy called Max.
He was five months old and was white with ginger spots. Max was a happy and friendly puppy but sometimes he was a bit silly.
His owner was a scientist.
By Ryan, age 9 – Co. Kildare
Hello, my name is Ryan and I think it is outrageous that diesel cars were ever made. They produce emissions, they use fossil fuels and they negatively affect the environment.
Firstly, diesel emissions contribute to the development of cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory health effects, the pollution of air, water and soil, reductions in visibility and global climate change.
By Kora, age 8 - Belfast
Sophia was picking flowers in a beautiful farm and singing to the animals on the farm. Her best friend was called Denny the sausage dog. She had a secret admirer who watched her from a distance as she sang to the animals. His name was Conor.
One day Conor was very brave and visited the farm to talk to the girl he had watched for so long. After a week or so of Conor visiting Sophia, they became very close. However, the evil Maritha was watching their love grow and became very jealous of the beautiful Sophia and her new friend.
By Kyle, Age 9 – Co. Meath
One day Stan was driving and he found a bird on the road whose wings were not working so Stan brought it back to his house.
He used an old box to make a home for the injured bird and put some bread and water in it.
After a few days, the bird got better and could now fly. The bird flew onto Stan’s head and flew away.
Mahi Panguluru, age 11, Co. Dublin
People say "you're good at art" you should be an artist someday
My brain starts thinking excessively and I don't know what to say
Right now, there's Coronavirus but how am I to know. What the future holds for me I don't know where to go
Conor, Rang a 2, Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa, Co. Lú.
Le Kate Kennington, aois 7, Gaelscoil Osraí, Co. Chill Chainnigh
Scríofa ag Diarmuid, Rang 2
Roghnaigh and t-uachtarán Micheal D. Higgins mé le turas a thógáil chomh fada leis an bplainéad Mars. Bhí mé ag dul ar an turas le séisear spásaire eile. Bhí tús curtha leis an gcomhaireamh síos 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 éirí ó thalamh!!!
Bhí an cúrsa socraithe againn do Mars ach bhí mífheidhmiú ann. Chuireamar ár roicéad i dtír ar phláinéid aisteach agus an t-aon rud a bhí muid in ann a fheicéil ná muca.
ó Diarmuid, Aois 9, Co. Roscomáin
Fadó , fadó bhí frog beag bídeach ann darbh ainm Jim-Jim. Bhí Jim Jim ag iarraidh dul go dtí Hawaii. Bhí sé ag iarraidh dul ansin mar bhí an ghrian i gcónaí ag scoilteadh na gcloch i Hawaii de réir na scéalta a bhí cloiste aige. Bhí fadhb amháin ag Jim-Jim áfach. Níor thaitin sé leis a bheith ag eitilt ar eitleán.
Bhí cara amháin ag Jim-Jim. Seanfhear a bhí ann darbh ainm Frainc. Fear stuama a bhí ann. Lá amháin chuaigh Jim-Jim chuig Frainc agus chuir sé ceist air. “
By Siún, age 6 - Co. Phort Láirge
By Cillian Ó Tuathaigh, 12 Co. Phort Láirge
One day, Jason was sitting at his desk at school when the teacher made an announcement that would change his life.
“Class, I think you’ll want to hear this.” He was tuned in on the radio to a broadcast by Leo Varadkar.
“Today we will be shutting schools down for a period of time that could extend to beyond the school year due to Covid-19,” announced Leo, “We will advise people on staying at home and washing their hands frequently.”
ó Chormac, Aois 11, Co. Roscomáin
Fadó, fadó bhí liathróid ann. Bob an t-ainm a bhí ar an liathróid. Bhí sé ag iarraidh óir. Bhí sé beo bocht. Níor thaitin ceol ar chor ar bith leis. Aon am a chuala sé ceol ní raibh sé in ann bogadh. Lá amháin bhuail sé lena chara Mixie. Bhí Mixie ag bogadh chomh mall le sloth mar pheann luaidhe a bhí ann.
“Tá plean agam,” a scread Bob in ard a chinn is a ghutha, “plean chun a bheith chomh saibhir le rí”. “Cad é?” a cheistigh Mixie. “ Tá mé chun …..”
By Lauren Lalor, age 11 - Cork
I was lucky that I lived by the sea. It meant I could be a schoolgirl by day and a mermaid at night.
Nobody would believe me if I told them about my life under the water with the jellyfish, Dorky the seahorse, Jim the Shark, Rory the Crab. My whole gang were down there, my underwater family.
By Jake Murray, Donegal age 12
Once upon a time there was three brother quarks, Jake, Jamie and Luke.
They were going on a trip to their favourite place in the whole world, the Large Hadron Collider. They were entering a competition to be smashed there. They were all so excited but,none more so than Jake. He was so excited that he could be famous just like his hero Stephen Quirking.
So, when they arrived, Jake, Jamie and Luke unpacked their stuff at the hotel and went off.
For the past few days, no schoolwork has come through for my siblings. So my mum had this “genius” idea that I could actually “teach” my them.
At first I thought it was a good idea because I didn’t have anything better to do (except schoolwork) and my mum said she would pay me, so I was all set. But when it came to actually “teach” them, things turned out not the way I wanted it to.
By Michael Delaney
Chapter 1: A Dog's Dinner
Boom! There I was in the Smiley Faces care home with all the other orphans, scrubbing the master’s dishes. I was with my friends, Marvin and Patrick.
“Did you ever know your parents?” Patrick questioned.
“No, my only relatives live in South Africa…I wish I lived with them” I said wistfully
By Juliette Whitty age 9, County Kildare
One fine day a girl named Milly woke up in the basement of her house, because that was her room. It was cold, dark and damp with no lovely pictures on the walls or even have bright pretty curtains, as what would be the point of that without a window for them to be placed?
Milly’s parents were horrid to her, they made her home-school herself, not let her play with anyone or anything.
Based on the novel Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
By Ciara, age 12 – Co. Dublin
I remember the day I was minted like it was yesterday. The metal stamps crushed my nickel brass outer ring and my cupronickel middle together, while simultaneously marking my front with the 1 euro symbol and my back with the year 2010 and an Irish hunter horse and foal - a limited release commemorative design - and poof! I was formed.
By Darragh, age 8 - Dublin
1: Bully Attack
Once I was thinking of flying aircrafts, so I started building aircrafts.
But these kids started to bully me so I made a friend. That night I made a trap in the bush that they were always bullying us in.
By Maria, age 11 – Dublin
Waking up is difficult to do, especially when there’s a troubling task ahead. It’s a constant obstacle. So it was with trepidation that I awoke that morning. I got up, changed and entered the living room.
Mother was frying eggs as Sandy sat beside her. Mother turned and dropped an egg.
“Sylvia…” she muttered, tossing me sausages. Worry crossed her face.
By Hannah age 11, Dublin
“Oh no! The humans are coming to cuddle us!” I squeaked as Fluffy hid in the hidey hole.
“Come on, Fluffy,” said Tom, trying to coax her out.
“Come on, Sparkster!” Hannah cried.
By Hanna, age 11 – Co. Kilkenny
Once upon a time in a faraway land lived a boy named Zimbab.
Zimbab was only a young boy of the age of five when his dad died in a war in 1897. Since his dad’s passing, he had lived with his mam Maria.
They live in a small mud hut just outside a village in Gleaja.
Astrid, age 9 – Dublin
“Boom!” said Lilly, moving her piece on the board. “Audrey?! It’s your turn!”
By Roisin Hensman – age 9 – Co. Wexford
As these two dogs,
Each other’s friend,
Their friendship would never come to an end.
St. Attracta’s, Second Class, County Wicklow, 29th January 2019
Once there was a man called Mr. Chang. He had a friend called Canning, who was a hurl with a face.
Mr. Chang is afraid of chickens, and lives in a tree house in China, in the middle of the tropical rainforest.
His greatest wish was to find a flying pig to ride on, but he had never seen a farm with a pig on it.
St. Laurence’s NS, Greystones, County Wicklow, 4th class, 23rd January 2019
Mrs. McCrankey was talking to Rodger, the cheese shark, how to turn the Pacific Ocean into Nacho cheese. But then Rodger said:
“But what if my cousin Cheddar turns the sea into Cheddar cheese?”
“We could get an army of hot Nacho cheese sharks” replied Mrs. McCrankey.
Scoil Chualann, 5th class, County Wicklow, 22nd January 2019
Once upon a time there was someone called Pitchungus who was a blue half rabbit, half bird.
He had a best friend named Mr. Shark.
One day, big Pitchungus jumped out of the hole that Mr Bush had trapped him in.
Sacred Heart SNS, 5th class, County Wicklow, 6th December 2018
Once upon a time there was a lonely compost bin called Ross. No one ever liked him except for Georgina.
She was the only one who recycled her materials. Everybody else just littered.
One day Georgina joined a new school. At lunch time no one let her sit at their table.
St Patrick’s NS Curtlestown, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class, County Wicklow, 4th December 2018
Once upon a time there was a donkey called Joe who lived on the side of a hill.
He was eating his spuds when in came his friend Spuddy.
“Hi Spuddy, how are you? You smell like potatoes” said Donkey Joe.
Sacred Heart SNS, 5th class, County Wicklow,29th November 2018
Once upon a time a village lady had a baby with octopus arms and legs.
The baby’s name was Jimmy and one day she lost him.
As he was running he tripped and fell into a giant sausage sambo.
Kilcoole Primary School, 6th class,County Wicklow, 27th November 2018
Granny Teta was sitting in her old springy armchair thinking about the time Granny Murray broke the speed limit and flew off a cliff.
She imagined the time when they drove over the cliff and she remembered her best friend’s rainbow hair.
She was listening to diddley-aye music on her portable cd player.
Scoil Mhuire, Shankill, 3rd class, County Wicklow, 22nd November 2018
Once upon a time there was a man called Jeff who was rich. Jeff was very friendly, but sassy sometimes.
He started to go call for his friend Fire, who was a phoenix. He told him about his greatest wish:
“I want to be a turtle with super powers!” Jeff said.
St. Andrew’s NS, 2nd class, County Wicklow, 21st November 2018
Once upon a time, there lived a snake called Hissy,
He flew over to his best friend, Shiny the Unicorn because they were having a sleep over.
Shiny gave Hissy his super powers long ago.
Kilcoole Primary School, 6th class, County Wicklow, 20th November 2018
Bang…an explosion woke Tommy up. “Ah leave me alone” he shouted.
He thought they had come to get him but then realised his cell was destroyed.
He looked at the cracked walls of his grey room and then Bryan, his dumb friend, walked in with a bunch of dynamite, and shouted;
Powerscourt National School, 1st and 2nd Class, County Wicklow 15th November 2018
Tom was a smart young boy.
He likes to get things right and getting people to be happy.
He didn’t want to break his Mum’s favourite ornament.
Gorey ETNS 5th Class, County Wicklow, 14th November 2018
One spring day in 2019, Umi had to move in with her auntie and uncle because her parents had neglected her.
She didn’t like them but she liked her auntie and uncle because of where they lived and their personalities.
But one night, when she was going to bed she dreamed about going into the forest.
St. Fergal’s NS, 3rd class, County Wicklow, 13th November 2018
Once upon a time, there was a pepperoni pizza slice called Pizza Hat.
He had a best friend called Pat the Pepperoni.
They lived in a town called Pizza Valley.
Powerscourt NS, 3rd & 4th Class, County Wicklow, 8th November 2018
Not very long ago somewhere on Neptune-Doodle Bob was swimming in the sea and he met a baby octopus.
“Hello Squiggle” said Doodle Bob.
“Hello to you too”, said Squiggle. “What have you been doing Doodle Bob?”
Gorey ETNS, 5th class, County Wicklow, 7th November 2018
Once upon a time, a man called Juan, was building a house. He looked around and saw a squirrel.
“Oh, you’re a pleasant looking squirrel, I’m going to call you Plonky!” Juan said throwing him a few peanuts.
But just then he saw a flying brick that hit the squirrel and injured it.
St. Rose’s, 4th class, County Wicklow, 6th November 2018
Once upon a time there was a pig called Billy who married Santa.
One day he saw a slice of bread, put cheese on it and toasted it.
Suddenly a bear fell into the kitchen – it was Josephine the big bad bear.
St Kevin’s, Tarahill, 5th class, County Wicklow, 25th October 2018
I was in a horrible dream with zombie leprechauns. It was blurry, but I remember them all screaming my name: “Valerie Blue”.
I screamed, and my mother came to my side. My mum had to tell me the horrible news that Fruit-Juice Man had died.
The only thing I had left of him was his last bottle.
Donoughmore NS, 2nd and 3rd Class, County Wicklow, 24th October 2018
One Saturday morning, Gummy bear went to Ducky’s house to call on him to go trick-or-treating, but Ducky, the half-duck, half-pig wasn’t there.
Gummy Bear walked into his house to look for him, but couldn’t find him, because he was because he was hiding under the couch, afraid of Hallowe’en)
There was a big cake on the table, so, as no one was there, Gummy Bear started to eat it.
St. Patrick’s NS, 3rd class, County Wicklow, 23rd October 2018
Once there were two lizards. One was called Blizzard, and the other was called Lily.
Blizzard loved to teleport things and Lily loved to fly. They lived in the Amazon rainforest in South America.
Blizzard really wanted to be in a movie, but he had stage fright!
Sacred Heart Primary School, 5th Class, County Wicklow, 18 October 2018
One day there lived a man named Jimbob. He is a wanted criminal, locked up in jail.
In the cell one evening Jimbob was talking to DJ Alpaca.
“If I shapeshifted into an ant I could try and get the key off the guard” said Jimbob.
Hollypark BNS, 6th class County Wicklow, 17th October 2018
One summer evening, Big Gill was eating frozen pizza on her balcony. She was leaning on the railings.
She saw her Mum below and panicked and dropped the pizza. It fell all the way down and landed on Jeff’s face.
He was lying on a sun-bed. Jeff is Gill’s best friend. He works for Deliveroo.
Wicklow Montessori School, 2nd, 3rd and 4th class, County Wicklow, 16 October 2018
One bright, early morning, Lily the doge was lying in bed.
Suddenly she fell out of bed because she was having a bad dream.
In her dream, black widow spiders were trying to eat her whole!
St John’s SNS, Arklow, 4th class, County Wicklow, 11th October 2018
Once on a stormy night in McDonald’s a chicken nugget named Jeff was being served with chips.
He saw a giant potato that he recognised from TV sitting down and ordering chicken nuggets.
Then a marshmallow called KFC jumped off the tray that was across the room and ran over.
Blessington no 1 NS, 4th Class, County Wicklow, 10th October 2018
Once there was a five legged bat called Jeff. He was very unique, because he could spit fire.
Not too far away Karl the frog is sitting in the same place he has been for the past year.
This was because he has no legs. In the not too distant past there had been a war in which Karl had lost his legs in an explosion.
Lacken NS., 3rd and 4th class, County Wicklow, 9th October 2018.
Once there was a living pumpkin called Gerry.
Gerry lived in a very spooky wood called Wailing Forest.
On Monday he was having a really bad day, so he went for a walk.
Delgany NS, 5th class, County Wicklow, 4th October 2018
Malachi the Tooth was walking down the street.
He was going for an audition for a toothbrush ad. It was there that Malachi met Reggie the Rock.
They were auditioning for the same thing. Malachi said “Hi, are you the rock in the background?”
Blessington No 1, 3rd class, County Wicklow, 3rd October 2018
Once upon a time there lived a unicorn called Tinky Pinky, the greatest unicorn alive. He wanted to be a DJ and be called DJ Yonda.
He was training for a long time to be a really famous DJ.
One day he was at a dance party and he met this dog called Banana Joe.
St. Dominic’s NS, 5th class, County Wicklow, 2nd October 2018
Once upon a time there was a banana who broke out of the fridge.
His name was Kevin and his greatest wish was to be a DJ.
After he opened the fridge door he saw a pickle banging on the glass of his jar.
St Kevin’s GNS, 4th class, County Wicklow, 27th September 2018
There once lived someone called Doctor Spectacles who was a salesman.
When he was in his shop at 10 o’clock one night he saw Lizzy the Lizard drinking coffee and doing ‘the floss’.
Let’s not mind that, Dr Spectacles was here to get a polka dot bikini for his mother’s funeral.
Festina Lente Group
Once upon a time Ginger was born near some water in a desert. Ginger the horse was brown and white in colour.
She had no mane. Ginger's parents were shocked because of it and had abandoned her. She was a lonely orphan.
Ginger felt really hot during the day and the sandstorms that blew in blinded her and made her really thirsty.
At night she was cold as the desert became breezy and freezing
St. Fergal’s NS, Bray, 2nd class, County Wicklow, 26th September 2018
Once upon a time, there lived a dragon called Jake. He could breathe ice!
He went on an adventure and he found a friend called Reg, who was a fire breathing dragon.
Reg and Jake lived in a cave in the Dragon Kingdom.
Our Lady of The Wayside, 6th class, County Wicklow, 25th September 2018
“The battle of the banquet is on today. I have to get out of here,” thought Christian the Cornish pastry.
The battle of the banquet happens every coronation and the pastries are fighting the German Wiener Schnitzels for their right to be on the table at the banquet.
“I really want to win the battle” he thought “but I really want to take Christina the custard cream pastry on a date first.
Rathmichael School, 6th class, County Wicklow, 20th September 2018
Gucci and Patrick were walking down the street when Gucci jumped onto Patrick’s lid. Patrick is a jar of mayonnaise.
Gucci is a Californian Sushi roll that wants to own a Japanese Hair Dryer Co.
Then, all of a sudden, Gucci’s arch enemy, Big Tay, walked up to them and shoved cakes into their faces. “Hey!” said Gucci.
St. Fergal’s NS, 2nd class, County Wicklow, 19th September 2018
One day Uni the Unicorn was in her magical land when she fell off a small building as she was feeling sick and tired.
When Uni fell she landed on the ground which made a bit of a hole. It was there she found magical sparklers next to her.
But she thought they were normal sparklers. She picked them up and she shook them around like normal sparklers…but suddenly she disappeared!
Our Lady of the Wayside, Kilternan, 6th class, County Wicklow,18 September 2018
Our story begins in a field where Johnny is eating grass with Trey the tortoise.
Johnny starts drinking from a bucket of dirty brown rainwater.
‘Let’s go down to the river,’ Johnny exclaimed to Trey the tortoise, ‘the very river where I met you under that moist leaf you live under.’
Bray, Co. Wicklow
8 June 2018
In the old times, there were pirates. People were frightened of them.
The pirates had long, long beards and they smelled like trash and dead fish.
They drank cider, vodka and rum cocktails and they ate fish eyes on cocktail sticks.
Hollypark Boys National School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, 5th class. 20th June 2018
One Sunday evening, Monty Dublin was sitting on his couch watching the World Cup.
Monty noticed he was sitting on his best friend, mouldy Buttered Bagel.
At that moment, his father came down the stairs in his sunflower costume.
Hollypark Boys National School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, 5th class, 19th June 2018
“I never thought that Tiddlez the unicorn could fly, but he’s flying away now and pooping out skittles,” said Tyler the Secret Ninja to himself.
Tyler was standing in the sewer with his head poking out of the drain watching Tiddlez fly away.
He was crying because Tiddlez was his only friend.
Brittas Bay National School, Ballinacarrig, Co. Wicklow, 2nd class, 18 June 2018
Once upon a time there was a dragon called Danny who lived in the village of SquiddyMac.
There was a villain in the village called Finny who didn’t like dragons with fins.
Danny’s best friend Mr Fassio the French bean, was out on a walk with him.
St Kevin’s Girls National School, Kilnamanagh, Dublin 24, 4th class, 12 June 2018
Once upon a time, in a magical forest, there lived a squirrel called Podgy.
He called his friend Squiggle the worm one morning to talk about his greatest wish.
“Hello!” said Podgy. “I just wanted to tell you about my greatest wish because it’s my birthday soon.