Written and Illustrated by Michael Jefferson
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ing car l b m u r e th Jake sat in he had travelled very far drivin g down the win ding roads
dodging all the croaking toads
Through the woods and upon a hil
“we’ll be there soon” said his mother Jill.
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Jakes excit emen t sudd enly spark ed!
up the hill man y fam ilies wal ked
fa th er â€™s an d so ns gi gg le d an d ta lk ed
families began to gather and slow al l st ar in g at th e in vi tin g gl ow
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lighting up the darkened sk
ates g e h t ugh o r h t d e
walk s t n e r is pa h d n a Past a m Jake a
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to se s g n i h t g any excitin
m There were
wn with g o d d n a p u d e p m Jake ju
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Towering people walked
about fireworks shot
Fire breath e
All of them dancing as they went
Jake followed them into the tent amazing puppet show it said inside Everyone sat with eyes open wide.
From the dark, shadows began to appear Jakeâ€™s mother said he should not fear
shadows danced upon the screen they were being rather mean.
back stage t n e w y e th w o sh e After th to see puppets from a golden age.
puppet parts, puppets on strings
puppets created to impress the kings.
Puppets to place upon your hands on the desks were puppet plans the puppet maker sat upon his chair
in a dark striped suit, he gave a stare.
ile or nod
sm he did not speak or
His father said â€œthat was rather oddâ€?
to th They left the tent in
the puppet maker had given a fright
they past a stall, wit
h gold fish in jars
people were heading back to their cars.
â€œOne more stop, the Mirror Maze!â€? said mum as puzzles were her craze!
as they walked into the maze Jake wandered in a daze but was careful not to break a wall
as his mother said his luck would fall
Suddenly jake realised his parents werenâ€™t there he had to find them but where oh where? he searched the maze they were nowhere in sight Jake was scared of the cold dark night
He left the maze and searched each tent Where on earth had his parents went?
He came to a tent, where fortunes were told! he rushed inside out of the dark cold.
the fortune teller sat on a silky chair head bowed down in the smokey air
â€œcome sit my child and I will see
where your parents
have to be!â€?
she gazed into her crystal ball!
me, oh my â€œoh no, oh dear, oh its as i feared oh why, oh why!
the puppet maker has them trapped within his strings he has them wra
him d e k c lo s a h n a m y st a That n
youâ€™ll need three keys or there heâ€™ll stay! the juggler, magician and Acrobat
find them out, it will be a breeze! But the shadow puppets you must beware they hunt you down i swear, i swear.
if it glows the beasts will melt. take this light its as i felt
Jakes first stop was to jugglerâ€™s cave.
he stepped inside and tried to be brave
Shadows crept across the rock using the light, they ran in shock.
Jake explained about his father and mother as a juggler was playing with his brother
“how horrid! How scary!
Said the two that were hairy
“take the key to help your plight
we’ll teach that awful man, alright!”
ns ten a i c i g a m e Off to th swiftly now was where we went
he begged them for their silver key
as he sat down drinking tea.
from a space behind his ear the magicians key did appear!
at swings b o r c a e h t to Jake walked ey flew as if on wings where th
the acrobats swung asking why he came he replied â€œfor the key its my only aimâ€? the acrobat dove and threw out the key it floated to jake just like a bee
Jake jumped up and gave a clap it was time to break the puppet manâ€™s trap Straight to the puppet lair Jake went with every care.
shadows glided across the walls hissing with their scary calls walking slowly ready to fight Jake lifted the glowing light.
Unlocking the door at the end of the room he prepared himself to face his doom
he opened the door to a horrible sight his parents were there wrapped up tight!
Spidery strings tied his parents up the puppet maker drank from a cup
my skill e e s to e im t in t s â€œyour ju
stitching and sewing what a thrill!â€?
ppets you see
Your parents will make fine pu
Iâ€™ll move my fingers and theyâ€™ll dance for me
you and your parents will be my prize
dancing around for my audienceâ€™s eyes.
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The p Jake then threw out his glowing light. a thunderous crack, The light hit the maker with n to his back! o t h g ri ll fe n a m il v the e
the door flew open just in time
to witness the makers heinous crime In walked the jugglers, acrobats and magicians helping to stop the puppet makerâ€™s ambitions!
The jugglers threw his favorite things, the magicians vanished his spidery strings.
The acrobats held him and tied him with rope
then filled his mouth with slippery soap!
Jake and his parents started
back to the car
the carnival said sorry and gave Jake a fish jar His father grumbled, his mother gave a yawn
walking to the car in the early dawn.