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Long Live Us

Long Live Us by Edel Wignell
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Once upon a time, in a cave under a bridge, there lived a Greedy Troll – and he was hungry! How long would he have to wait for his next meal? Soon he hears trip-trap, trip-trap, trip-trap, and hurries out. He discovers the Three Bears, who are on a quest to capture Goldilocks and bring her to justice. They persuade the Greedy Troll to wait for their return. Then more fairytale Goodies arrive, all chasing Baddies and planning to bring them back for punishment. Waiting, imagining a feast, the Greedy Troll gets hungrier and hungrier. Clever traps, lucky escapes and unwelcome surprises combine in this fascinating fractured fairytale. Edel Wignell's grandmother was a storyteller. As a kid, Edel loved hearing folk tales. Now she likes sharing them in collections, such as Tying the Knot: folk tales of love and marriage from around the world. She also writes plays based on folk tales - especially Asian folk tales. Her latest collection is The White Elephant: Drama Based on Asian Folk Tales. Edel thinks it's fun to fracture folk tales and gather some of the pieces to create surprising stories, such as Long Live Us! You can do this, too. If you would like to perform Long Live Us!, go to Edel's website: www.edelwignell.com.au and click on the link: 'Scripts'. Also by Edel is Christina's Matilda, a glimpse of history, illustrated by Elizabeth Botté. Edel (the name rhymes with 'medal') is a freelance writer, compiler, journalist and poet. She writes for both children and adults, and has more than 90 published books. Peter Allert has illustrated for most of his life using different materials to eventually find his own style. He has always wanted to create something and share it with other people, and the journey of creating and illustrating a children's book is the most fulfilling to him; he finds illustrations enhance a story and linger in a child's mind long after the reading. Peter brings life and colour to his illustrations through the simplicity of watercolour pencils. He also experiments with different types of paper and is constantly amazed at the results that can be achieved. He is interested in exploring any subject, but his favourites are Australian animals, fantasy and science fiction. Long Live Us! is Peter's first published picture book, and he looks forward to the journey of illustrating many more.
IP (Interactive Publications); November 2010
ISBN 9781921869075
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Title: Long Live Us
Author: Edel Wignell; Peter Allert
 
Excerpt
Once upon a time, a Greedy Troll lived beside a bridge which spanned a river. He waited hungrily for someone to cross. Soon he heard hurrying footsteps: trip-trap, TRIP TRAP, TRIP-TRAP! 'Who's that trip-trapping over my bridge?' he shouted. 'I'm coming to gobble you up!' 'It's the Three Bears,' called Father Bear. 'We're Goodies.' They stopped on the bridge to explain. 'We're chasing Goldilocks,' said Baby Bear, beginning to cry. 'She ate up all my porridge.' 'Goldilocks entered our house when we were out,' said Father Bear. 'She broke Baby Bear's chair, ate his breakfast and slept in his bed.' 'These are Goldilocks' crimes,' said Mother Bear. 'Trespass, vandalism and theft.' 'We're tired of the Baddies getting away with crime all the time,' said Father Bear. 'We're going to catch her and punish her.' 'Gobble up Goldilocks,' said Mother Bear. 'Don't eat us.' 'All right,' said the Greedy Troll, licking his lips. 'Off you go, and be sure to bring her back.' Ah-ha! he thought. I'm a bit wary - the Bears will be hairy. But Goldilocks will be sweet - a nibble, a treat. On their way back, I'll gobble them all.' Not long after, the Greedy Troll heard hurrying footsteps: trit-trot, trit-trot, trit-trot, trit-trot, trit-trot, trit-trot. 'Who's that trit-trotting over my bridge?' he shouted. 'I'm coming to gobble you up!' 'It's the Third Little Pig and his Porky Friends,' called Brother Pig. 'We're Goodies.' They stopped on the bridge to explain. 'I built a strong, brick house and saved myself from the Wily Wolf,' said the Third Little Pig. 'But my two brothers, the First Little Pig and the Second Little Pig, lost their lives.' 'The Wily Wolf huffed and puffed,' said a Porky Friend. 'He blew down the First Little Pig's house of straw, and ate him up.' Another Porky Friend continued, 'He huffed and puffed and blew down the Second Little Pig's house of sticks, and ate him up.'