An A-Z of Children’s Stories – day 16

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May I start by apologising for not visiting many of your blogs yesterday. My PC suffered a sudden and somewhat dramatic death and as a result, my day was spent acquiring and setting up a new one!



‘Let’s play pirates’ said John to his brother Jack. ‘Let’s pretend the garden is a tropical island. We’ll look for treasure, there’s bound to be some’.

‘I’ll get Daddy’s spade and a sack’ said Jack.

‘Twelve steps forward and two steps right’ said John looking at an imaginary treasure map in his hand. ‘I think it’s here’ he said pointing to a bit of garden with no flowers in it.

‘Watch out, there’s a tiger’ said Jack to John.

Tom the ginger cat stopped and stared for a moment or two, then wandered off. ‘Shiver my timbers’ said Jack, ‘that was close’.

‘Argh Jack lad, so it was’ said John. ’Look, there’s a parrot in that tree.’ He tap-tap-tapped his shoulder hoping it would come and sit on it. The pigeon flapped its wings and flew away!


They made a big hole 

and burrowed and dug.

Rusty old nails,

a bit of a plate,

a handle that broke off a mug!


‘When Daddy sees this mess he’ll be cross’ said John.

‘He’ll make us walk the plank’ said Jack. ‘Yesterday he planted seeds here and now we’ve dug them up!

‘We’ll fill the hole and smooth the dirt, he’ll never know’ said John.

‘He will when his new plants don’t grow’ said Jack.

‘Or they grow upside-down’ John said.

‘But we are not afraid because we are pirates’. 

‘Argh’ growled John.

‘Argh’ Jack growled back, ‘We are fearless’

‘Oh no!’ yelled John pointing to a little mouse as he ran for the kitchen door.


Tomorrow –


Previously K O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


In 2018 – My Friend Rosey was writing Poetry

In 2017 – It was the Amble Bay Prizegiving




24 thoughts on “An A-Z of Children’s Stories – day 16

  1. messymimi's meanderings Apr 18, 2019 / 01:29

    Ah, what a tangled web we weave. The plants won’t grow and i’m sure father will figure out what his little pirates did. Great, fun story!

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  2. Denise Hammond Apr 18, 2019 / 01:47

    I am still finding buried toys in my garden and my youngest is 38 years old! Can’t yell about it now.

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  3. QP and Eye Apr 18, 2019 / 03:24

    You did well to be up and running again so quickly. Another good entry in the challenge.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 18, 2019 / 12:11

      Not all pirates are brave! My new PC and I are getting along famously thank you!


  4. Shilpa Garg Apr 18, 2019 / 17:31

    Such cute pirates. I hope, the plants do grow, not upside-down though and their dad isnt cross with them!!

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  5. Kaddu Apr 19, 2019 / 04:58

    Hahaha! Such cute little pirates. I hope their Daddy doesn’t make them walk the plank if the plants don’t grow. Besides, I’m sure big Daddy has also done similar things when he was a kid pirate! Hope he remembers that and appreciates the “treasures” they’ve dug out! 😀 😛

    P.S.- Getting a new PC in the middle of this challenge must have been super crazy and hectic! I hope you didn’t lose any data.

    Find my P post @ Adventure in The Chemistry Lab: Playing With Acid!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 19, 2019 / 09:21

      As parents its always wise to remind ourselves that we were all kids once! Nothing lost fortunately as everything of any importance was backed up. Cheers Kaddu


  6. Cathy Kennedy Apr 19, 2019 / 12:30


    I hope those two little pirates don’t get their pants busted for destroying the garden. I absolutely love the way you unfolded this story. You gave me an idea of how to integrate a children’s story about my little brother’s wild imagination. Thanks for the inspiration!

    A2Z Little Mermaid art sketch ‘Pearl’

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  7. Gail M Baugniet (@GailMBaugniet) Apr 20, 2019 / 20:42

    Love the comment about the plants growing upsidedown. Now I imagine a world populated in this tipsy-turvy world.
    I am catching up on posts so now off to Q and R.

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