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CASPER AND THE HOLE – part 1 Casper was an ordinary six-year-old. He lived with his Mummy and Daddy, and his sister Sophie (who was four), in an ordinary house in an ordinary street. He went to an ordinary school and had ordinary friends. One day, though, Casper's life suddenly stopped being ordinary. It became very extraordinary. That was the day he discovered the hole in his bedroom wall. He found it one day when he was playing with his spy gun. The gun had little plastic darts with rubber tips which he liked to shoot across the room. One day one of Casper's darts fell right down behind his toy box. It was a big wooden box which came all the way up to his chest, and he couldn't move it by himself so he called Sophie into his bedroom to help him. Together they heaved and pushed until they had moved the box away from the wall. What they saw next made them gasp. For there, in the wall, was a hole, just big enough for a child to crawl through. Now, when they peered through that hole they should have been able to see the house opposite. They should have been able to look down and see the alleyway that ran along the house beneath them. Instead they could only see darkness. What would you have done if you were Casper? Would you have told your Mummy and Daddy about the strange hole? That's what Casper should have done. He didn't though. Casper did something very naughty. Casper crawled in. TO BE CONTINUED...


CASPER AND THE HOLE – part 2 Casper felt the wind whistling through his hair as he fell down, down, down into the darkness. It felt like he was falling for a long time. He could see nothing. Only black. Suddenly he landed in something soft. For a while he laid completely still, too scared to move. He heard the rustling of leaves as he slowly sat up. He had landed in the top of a tall tree. Casper carefully climbed down the tree to the ground. He was in the middle of a forest. He didn't know what to do next so he sat down on a log to have a think. After a while he noticed something strange about the log. It wasn't made out of wood. It felt soft and rubbery. Slowly he looked up and realised he wasn't sitting on a log at all. He was sitting on the tail of a giant t-rex! The t-rex was fast asleep. As quietly as he could, Casper started to tiptoe away. He was terrified of waking the t-rex. He crept through the trees very slowly. Then... SNAP! Casper stepped on a twig. The t-rex opened an eye and the ground shook as it gave a blood curdling ROAR!!! Casper ran as fast as he could. The t-rex chased after him. Casper looked over his shoulder. The dinosaur was getting closer and closer. He could feel its breath on his back. In a second he would be gobbled up. Then he saw something that might just save him... TO BE CONTINUED...


CASPER AND THE HOLE – part 3 Just as the t-rex opened its mouth wide to eat Casper, he looked up and saw a pterodactyl swooping low through the trees. Casper jumped into the air and grabbed hold of the pterodactyl's feet. It pulled him high into the air out of the t-rex's reach. Casper was saved! Casper held onto the pterodactyl's feet as it soared over the forest. Then he heard a voice coming from above him. It was Sophie. She was riding the pterodactyl! He swung up onto the pterodactyl's back behind Sophie. “How did you get here? I'm so glad to see you,” he said. “After you went down the hole I climbed in after you,” said Sophie. “I fell through the air and landed here.” “And I took her to you,” said the pterodactyl. Casper was so shocked he nearly fell off the pterodactyl's back. It could talk! “I'm Terry,” said the pterodactyl. “I fell through the hole in your bedroom one day, and ended up in this magic world. All the creatures in this world are the same. They used to be toys, but one day they fell through the hole in the wall and this magic land brought us to life.” “Can you get us home?” Casper asked. “No,” said Terry, “but I know someone who can. Toby the Triceratops. I'll take you to him now.” TO BE CONTINUED...


CASPER AND THE HOLE – part 4 Terry glided down to the ground and the children climbed down from his back. They had landed outside a cave. “Toby, you have visitors!” Terry shouted. Casper heard loud, thudding footsteps coming from deep inside the cave. Then he was face to face with a giant triceratops. It was strange to see one of his favourite toys towering above him. Casper told Toby what had happened and asked if he could help them get home. “I can help you,” said Toby. “It will be dangerous but I want to help because you've always looked after me. You used to give me nice cuddles at bedtime.” As he carried the children on his back across Toy World, Toby explained that it was divided into four parts. He lived in Dinosaur Land, but there were three other sections where different toys lived. Toby agreed to take the children to the edge of Dinosaur Land, but he couldn't go further. Toby walked for an hour with the children on his back. He pointed with his horns to a river with a bridge across it about half a mile ahead. “The bridge takes you out of Dinosaur Land,” he said. “No dinosaur can cross that bridge.” Just then, the children heard a thundering “ROAR!!!” coming from a dark cave beside them. “That's the t-rex's cave,” said Toby. “You must run now. Go! Be quick! I'll hold off the t-rex.” TO BE CONTINUED...


CASPER AND THE HOLE – part 5 The children ran for their lives towards the bridge. Casper looked back and saw Toby fighting off the t-rex with his horns. “Don't worry about me,” shouted Toby. “Just keep running!” They didn't stop until they had crossed the bridge. They wondered what kind of toys they would meet next. They didn't have to wait long to find out. They could hear singing coming from across the field. It was a beautiful lady with golden hair. “I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream...” Suddenly the lady turned around. “Hello! I'm Sleeping Beauty,” she said. Yuck, thought Casper. Sophie was really happy to meet her favourite princess, but Casper wasn't impressed. She told the children that only one person knew the way out of Toy World: a very important and wise toy. Sleeping Beauty had a special vehicle that would take them to him. “I bet it's a pink horse drawn carriage with love hearts and flowers and horrible girly stuff on it,” thought Casper, sulking. Just then, a gold car with flames on the sides screeched to a stop beside them. It was one of Casper's Hot Wheels! The car zoomed across Toy Land. Finally it stopped outside a giant oak tree. “Wait here,” said the Hot Wheel, “and the wisest person in Toy World will come out to see you.” A blue head popped out of a hole in the side of the tree. It was Coconut the Monkey! TO BE CONTINUED...


CASPER AND THE HOLE – part 6 Coconut scampered down the tree. “Welcome, children,” he said. “You have done well to get this far. You have crossed the Land of Dinosaurs and the Land of Princesses. You are now in the Land of Teddy Bears. You will find it easy to cross this land, as we are all friendly here. But to get home, you will have to cross the most dangerous land of all. The Land of Toy Baddies. No one is friendly there.” “Now you just need to find a ride across Teddy Land,” he added. “You will find one in that field.” Casper looked up. In the field were giant toy animals. There was his husky dog, his red panda, Sophie's blanket rabbit... but he couldn't decide which one to ride. Then he spotted it. On the far side of the field was a handsome horse. He had a brown coat and a very, very thin tail. “Brown Horsey!” Casper shouted. They called Brown Horsey over and climbed on his back, but they couldn't get him to move. They tried shouting “Giddy up!” but it wouldn't work. Then Jacob remembered a joke he once heard. How do you start a teddy race? “Ready, teddy, go!” Jasper said, and off Brown Horsey went. They galloped across Teddy Land. He was taking them to the most dangerous land of all. TO BE CONTINUED...


CASPER AND THE HOLE – part 7 The children saw many of their favourite teddies as Brown Horsey galloped across the fields. They passed Casper's penguin waddling along the ground. They saw Sophie's King Louie swinging through the trees. They saw Casper's ginger cat playing with Sophie's dalmation puppies. They came to a beach. Casper's map said they had to get across the sea to get to the Land of Toy Baddies, but it was too far to swim. Then they heard a voice. “Ahoy there!” It was Pirate Teddy! “Climb aboard my ship. There's room for Brown Horsey too!” Pirate Teddy told the children to watch out for the Ghost Pirate as they sailed across the sea. “But I don't have a Ghost Pirate toy,” said Casper. “No,” said Pirate Teddy. “But you do have a Ghost Pirate outfit.” Suddenly Casper felt something whoosh past his head. A cannonball had only just missed their ship! He looked up and saw a black pirate ship coming towards him. Standing on the deck was the Ghost Pirate. He had no face – where his head should be, there was just empty space. “Return fire!” Pirate Teddy shouted, and they loaded the cannon and fired it at the Ghost Pirate. It was a direct hit! The cannonball went straight into the Ghost Pirate and turned him into a crumpled heap of clothes again. TO BE CONTINUED...


CASPER AND THE HOLE – part 8 Pirate Teddy's ship landed safely and Brown Horsey trotted down the gangplank with the children on his back. “Be careful!” Pirate Teddy shouted as he waved goodbye. The children found a footpath and trotted along it, keeping an eye out for baddies. Suddenly an Action Man appeared ahead of them, blocking their path. “Stop! Who goes there?” Action Man asked. Casper and Sophie told him they were trying to get back to his bedroom. “Well why didn't you say so?” Action Man smiled. “Let me help you!” Casper wasn't sure. Coconut had said there was no one friendly in this part of Toy World, and anyway, he had never enjoyed playing with his Action Man. But Action Man promised he would keep the children safe and said he knew the way across Toy Baddie Land. They rode till it was dark with Action Man by their side, and then found a sheltered spot to get some sleep. Action Man said he'd keep look out. Casper used some leaves as a pillow, and tucked his map underneath them. Casper awoke a few hours later when he felt something moving beneath his head. It was Action Man. He was stealing the map! Casper leapt up and tried to rugby tackle Action Man as he ran away, but he only succeeded in pulling down Action Man's trousers. The last he saw of Action Man was his plastic pink bottom shining in the sun as he disappeared into the distance. TO BE CONTINUED...


CASPER AND THE HOLE – part 9 “So now we're stuck in Toy Baddie Land and Action Man has stolen our map!” said Casper. “And I really didn't want to see his plastic pink bottom,” said Sophie with a frown. She didn't like seeing bottoms. Casper was still holding Action Man's trousers. He noticed something in the pocket. It looked a bit like a mobile phone. “It's a G.P.S. tracker,” said Casper, “it helps you to find people.” He pointed to the screen. “Look. That flashing red dot is Action Man. We can use this to find out where he went!” They set off on Brown Horsey to track him down, following the red dot. After a few minutes they came to an aircraft runway with a big jet sitting on it. Action Man was climbing into the cockpit. He'd found a pair of trousers to cover up his plastic pink bottom. It looked like he'd stolen them from a Woody doll. He hadn't seen the children. “Quick!” said Casper, “We have to get on that plane!” At the back of the plane there was a ramp leading inside. Just as Brown Horsey began to gallop towards it, it started to close! “Jump, Brown Horsey!” shouted Casper, and they made it onto the plane just in time. Casper was shocked when he saw what was onboard. TO BE CONTINUED...


CASPER AND THE HOLE – part 10 Casper couldn't believe his eyes. The plane was full of Christmas presents. Thousands and thousands of them. They heard Action Man talking into his radio in the cockpit. “Yes, boss, I've got all the presents. And don't worry about those kids. I've taken their map. They will be stuck in Toy Baddie Land forever now!” said Action Man. “Wait a second, boss,” he added. “I think I heard someone back there.” He put the plane onto autopilot, so it would fly itself while he went to look. The children and Brown Horsey ducked down behind a big pile of presents. They heard Action Man's footsteps getting louder and louder as he walked towards them. Suddenly Casper's nose started to tickle. He needed to sneeze – he just couldn't help it. “Aaah, aaah, aaah... aaatishoo!” “Found you!” said Action Man. “And now I'm going to take you to the boss. Just wait until he gets his hands on you.” He tied the children up so they couldn't move. Then he landed the plane. Then Action Man got off, leaving the children tied up. “Quick Brown Horsey,” said Casper, “nibble our ropes!” Brown Horsey soon had the children free. But before they could get off the plane they heard footsteps coming up the ramp and slow, heavy breathing. Casper looked up to see a tall figure dressed all in black, with a long cape. Darth Vader. TO BE CONTINUED...


CASPER AND THE HOLE – part 11 Casper looked around the plane for a weapon. He saw a present that looked like a sword. He unwrapped it. It was better than a sword: it was a lightsabre! And because he was in the magical Toy World, it was a real one! He switched on the green lightsabre just in time. Vader swung at him and the lightsabres clashed together with a loud buzz. “So you are the boss. You are the one stealing all the children's Christmas presents!” said Casper. “That's right!” said Vader. “The toys will be my army. I will rule Toy World, and then I will take over the human world!” Vader swung his lightsabre again at Casper and nearly took his head off. Casper fell over as he tried to protect himself. Vader raised his lightsabre and prepared for the kill. But just at that moment, Brown Horsey leapt across the plane and headbutted Darth Vader in the chest, sending him tumbling all the way down the ramp to the ground. Before Vader could get back on the plane, Casper hopped into the cockpit and pulled the giant lever. The plane sped down the runway and rose into the air. They had escaped! “Where do we go now?” asked Sophie. “A very special place,” said Casper, looking at his G.P.S. Tracker. You see, the G.P.S. gave him directions to the North Pole. And someone very important lives at the North Pole. ...TO BE CONTINUED


CASPER AND THE HOLE – part 12 Father Christmas came running up to meet the aeroplane as it landed in the snow. “Ho ho ho!” he said, “You have rescued Christmas! But how did you manage it?” Casper was about to say that Brown Horsey had helped him, but he looked back into the plane and saw that Brown Horsey was no longer a full sized horse. Instead he was just the way he always used to be: a battered old cuddly toy with a worn out tail, small enough for Casper to cradle in his arms. “You have crossed back into the human world,” said Father Christmas. “He's just a toy now. But count yourself lucky he didn't get stuck in Toy World. At least you have him back!” Casper felt much better when he thought of it that way. He couldn't bear to lose Brown Horsey. Father Christmas gave the children a ride home in his sleigh. It was a thrilling journey high above the rooftops. “I've already given you an early Christmas present,” he said when they arrived home. “It's a new wall, with no holes in it. No more toys will go missing – or curious children! And you'll both get a special present in the morning.” With that, he cracked his whip and flew off into the night. Would you like to know what the special presents are? Because Casper is really Jacob, and Sophie is really Evie, you will find out tomorrow.

THE END


Casper and the Hole