Michael and the Magic Hiccup – Sample Two

New, illustrated children’s book coming Spring 2021.

Here’s the second sample section of my latest children’s story, Michael and the Magic Hiccup, which will be released some time in March. If you haven’t read the first part, click on this link: Part One.

The Story Continues…

” Ha- Ha- Ha – HICCUP!”

This time, something very, very peculiar happened. When he opened his eyes, he noticed that the rain had finally stopped, and the sun was pouring down upon him instead. His wet clothes, drenched from the cold rain, now steamed in the warmth of the sunlight. As he looked around, he realised something even stranger had happened, he was no longer in the front garden of Mr and Mrs Poops!

As Michael stood there looking around this new land, the goldfish started to wriggle and cough on the end of his fishing line. This was all getting stranger and stranger by the second! Eventually the goldfish managed to cough himself free from the fishing line and landed with a ‘splosh!’ upon the grass. Michael just looked in amazement.

“Cough! Cough! Cough! Oh, that’s so much better,” said the goldfish, clearing the water from his gills. “What dreadful weather we’ve been having for the time of year!”

“Excuse me?” was all Michael managed to say, as he stared at the silly goldfish, wriggling like a fat, orange worm upon the green grass, his scales shining in the sunlight.

“Excuse you? Why, what have you done?”

“Nothing,” replied Michael, “well, I don’t think I’ve done anything. I just hiccupped.”

The goldfish stopped wriggling and looked up at Michael with his eye nearest to the gnome. “You did what?” exclaimed the goldfish.

“I hiccupped. I was about to sneeze, but then I hiccupped instead, and now we’ve ended up here.”

“Oh, that’s great that is! One minute I’m dangling from a fishing rod in the comfort of Mr and Mrs Poops’ garden, the next I’m flapping about on the ground like a fish out of water! Now that’s a fine state of affairs for a goldfish!”

Michael didn’t like getting told off, especially not by a silly, plastic goldfish, but before he could speak, a large breeze started to blow and the sky went dark, very dark.

“Oh no, not more rain!” coughed the goldfish.

It didn’t feel like rain, but it did sound like thunder. Michael looked up at the sky to see if he could spot any rain clouds – he had spent so much time outside staring up at the sky, he knew every type of cloud. As he looked up, he jumped back with fright. A huge, brightly coloured dragon was swooping down towards them. Michael crouched down with fright clutching the fishing rod for protection. The dragon spotted the goldfish wriggling uncomfortably upon the grass and screamed with delight.

“Ooh my, what have we here… GOLD! Oh goody-goody!” she screeched, as she swooped lower, holding out her talons to grasp the goldfish. In one huge glide, she plucked the poor fish up by the tail, and began her flight back up into the sky.

“What the-” came the shocked response of the goldfish as he dangled precariously from the dragon’s clutches.

“Oh no!” cried Michael, as he watched the dragon fly off with his fish. “What on earth do I do now?”

To Be Continued…

To find out what happens next, stay tuned and subscribe to my blog, as I’ll be announcing when it’s ready to pre-order and buy from Amazon as we get closer to the release date. In the meantime, while you wait, why not print off the pictures and colour them in, I’d love to see them! Pre-order your copy here.

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