You Take My Breath Away by Katrina McKelvey

You Take My Breath Away

by Katrina McKelvey

When you blow dandelion puff balls into the air…
…my heart skips a beat and you take my breath away.

When you dress up as a fairy …
…my heart skips a beat and you take my breath away.

When you whisper ‘I love you forever’ in my ear…
…my heart skips a beat and you take my breath away.

When you pick out outfits and you ask me if you look like a princess…
…my heart skips a beat and you take my breath away.

When you dance in front of the mirror with the grooviest moves…
…my heart skips a beat and you take my breath away.

When you yawn and stretch waiting for your last cuddle before bedtime…
…my heart skips a beat and you take my breath away.

And as I watch you from afar, and I admire who you are, my heart completely melts. You take my breath away even faster than ever before. I'm left wondering if I will ever get it back.


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Grandad, the Chook Farmer by Katrina McKelvey

Grandad, the Chook Farmer

by Katrina McKelvey

Grandad has raised chooks all his life.

(Illustrator notes (IN): Grandad has renovated old 1950 style caravans with floral paintings, warm hand-knitted blankets and heating for his 100 chickens. Caravans are in a large fenced area with lots of green healthy grass. Plenty of room – very cosy with an organic feel)

When the chooks were happy, Grandad was happy too.

After the old rooster performed his ‘Cock-a-doodle-do’, Grandad hopped out of bed and looked out over his farm. Unexpectedly, Grandad’s one hundred chooks were wandering, digging and scratching all over the place.

The cows were trembling. They were not used to chooks clucking and flapping about. They preferred the quiet life munching grass.

The prize-winning roses and organic vegetables were trembling too. They were not used to chooks pecking and fossicking about. They preferred listening to Grandma’s classical music as they grew. (IN: Grandad has wired speakers around the rose garden and vegetable patch)

Grandad was trembling the most. His hip had worn out over the years, so rounding up one hundred chooks with only one working hip was impossible.

So Grandad put on his trusty tool belt. He would need all his handyman skills to round up the chooks without even leaving the verandah.

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Ben and Blondie’s Bath by Katrina McKelvey

Ben and Blondie’s Bath

by Katrina McKelvey

(Illustrator notes are in blue: Ben is a boy and Blondie is his dog. They are the same size. Blondie is not a pretty, girly dog.)

On Monday, Ben and Blondie buried each other in the sandpit.

‘Look at you both! You need a bath,’ said Mum.

‘We don’t want one, do we Blondie?’ replied Ben.

‘This is the last time you will miss a bath,’ warned Mum.

On Tuesday, Ben and Blondie splashed in puddles.

‘Look at you both! You need a bath,’ said Mum.

‘We don’t want one, do we Blondie?’ replied Ben.

‘You STINK! It’s time for the washing machine.’

(A sequence of humorous illustrations showing Ben and Blondie in the top loader washing machine. Each illustration is accompanied by onomatopoeia. A similar illustration sequence happens for each day of the week.)

WHOOSH! (water filling)

SPLOSH! SPLOSH! SPLOSH! (machine washing washing)

SPINNNNNNNNNNNNNN! (spin cycle)

FLAP-FLAP! FLAP-FLAP! FLAP-FLAP! (Ben and Blondie hanging out to dry, flapping in the breeze)

‘The washing machine made us dizzy,’ complained Ben.

‘Next time, have a bath,’ replied Mum.

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My Kissing Code by Katrina McKelvey

My Kissing Code

by Katrina McKelvey

I have a collection of kisses in my kissing code. I have matched a kiss to each member of my family.

My mum and I share butterfly kisses. She flutters her eyelashes gently on my cheek and sometimes on my nose. This is how I know she loves me.

My dad and I share raspberry kisses. He blows on my tummy and tickles me until I get the hiccups. This is how I know he loves me.

My brother and I share… ummm…

My grandparents and I share smoochy kisses. They wrap their arms around me and kiss and kiss me until they are puffed out. This is how I know they love me.

My brother and I share… ummm …

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Butterfly Burps by Katrina McKelvey

Butterfly Burps

by Katrina McKelvey

(Illustrator notes in blue) End paper: Backyard neat and tidy, craft box out, morning tea party set up, treasure box out full of dress-ups.

Lulu and Tilly were practising their burping. A mixture of burping and giggles could be heard down the street.

Suddenly tea cups rattled, dress-ups ruffled and the garden rustled.

WHOOOOOOOSH! (breeze noise)

Out of the sky came a butterfly tumbling, sneezing and sniffling into the backyard.

ACHOOOO! ACHOOOO! ACHOOOO!

Lulu quickly cupped her hands and caught the butterfly.

When the breeze calmed down, she opened her hands.

(A colourless butterfly looks back at them.)

‘Oh, no! Butterfly’s colours have been sneezed away!’ exclaimed Tilly.

‘That’s very dangerous,’ said Lulu. ‘Colourful butterflies taste awful to their predators. Without her colours she’ll be eaten by sunset.’

‘And she will never get a boyfriend looking like that!’ added Tilly.

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AJ and the Butt-Bomb Disaster by Katrina McKelvey

AJ and the Butt-Bomb Disaster

by Katrina McKelvey

(Illustrator notes in blue)

AJ loves his skateboard. When AJ isn’t practising daring tricks in his underwackers, (underwear) or checking his hair for festy-pesties, (head lice) he is polishing and tweaking his skateboard.

AJ isn’t usually allowed to ride his skateboard to school, but today is special. He is performing his new and improved ‘Double-backflip-off-my-skateboard-and-then-catch-my-board-in-my-teeth’  trick at the school assembly. He has been practicing for weeks in his neighbour’s empty swimming pool. His skateboard is shiny, his wheels are balanced and he has stuck on the coolest stickers his pocket money could buy.

KABOOOOM!

It feels like AJ has hit a bomb.

The smell of disaster fills his nose. The smell is unbearable. He looks down to inspect the damage. The sight is even worse. AJ has run over the freshest, steamiest, stickiest dog poo ever. Oh no…it’s a butt-bomb disaster!

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AJ and the Festy-Pesty Disaster by Katrina McKelvey

AJ and the Festy-Pesty Disaster

by Katrina McKelvey

AJ loves his hair. He loves how the girls watch his curls fling and flick while he practises his new ‘Double-backflip-off-my-skateboard-and-then-catch-my-board-in-my-teeth’ trick he will perform after school. The only thing that could ruin a perfect performance would be a festy-pesty disaster!

After morning tea, AJ’s teacher, Mrs Crawley, calls him to her desk at the front of the classroom.

Mrs Crawley picks up a silver pen and starts poking him behind his ears.

Suddenly Mrs Crawley whispers in AJ’s ear. ‘AJ, you have the worst case of head lice I have ever seen! You need to go home immediately and get your hair treated. And please stop scratching your head, you are making me itch.’

What a disaster! A festy-pesty disaster!

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AJ and the Underwackers Disaster by Katrina McKelvey

AJ and the Underwackers Disaster

by Katrina McKelvey

AJ loves his underwackers. Some people call them knickers, jocks or underpants. But AJ calls them underwackers.

He loves wearing his underwackers all the time – just his underwackers and nothing else.

AJ loves to perform tricks off the lounge in just his underwackers.

He loves to chase the cat in just his underwackers.

AJ even loves to sneak to the mailbox, in just his underwackers.

AJ’s favourite underwackers are no ordinary pair. These underwackers are red, well-worn and have the funky wide elastic with the writing on it all the way around. This elastic holds his underwackers in the right place and keeps them away from where underwackers should never creep. Comfort and the correct fit are very important to AJ, especially when completing daring tricks.

AJ hops out of bed ready to perform his new ‘Double-summersault-off-the-lounge-and-over-my-little-sister-while-she-is-doing-a-pirouette’ trick. He looks for his favourite pair of underwackers to perform it in. Suddenly disaster strikes!

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