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Hello. I'm Dr Ranj.

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Thank you for joining me for a Christmassy bedtime story.

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Have you ever wondered how Father Christmas delivers

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all of the presents in one night?

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Well, sometimes, he needs a bit of help and tonight's story

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is all about a very unlikely little helper.

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It's called Norman The Slug Who Saved Christmas

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and it's written and illustrated by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.

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Norman was very excited, it was Christmas Eve.

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His stocking was up and he'd even left

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a snack for Father Christmas's reindeer.

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Meanwhile, far above, Father Christmas sneezed.

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"Achoo!"

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And, without him knowing it, a sack fell from his sleigh.

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Down on the ground, Norman snuggled in his bed.

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"I hope I've been a good slug," he said to himself.

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"I hope Father Christmas comes.

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"Yes, I have been a good slug," thought Norman.

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And he was just closing his eyes

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when...thwack!

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"Gosh!" thought Norman,

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"I didn't know I'd been that good!"

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"Thanks, Father Christmas!"

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Norman dived straight in, there was wrapping paper everywhere.

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But then he spotted something.

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"What's this label?" said Norman.

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"The scooter is for Jess," he read.

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"The ukulele is for Billy.

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"And the football is for Susie."

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"Oh, no! What have I done? None of these presents are for me."

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"Billy, Jess and Susie will wake up tomorrow

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"and think that Father Christmas has forgotten them.

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"I better get these presents to Wiggleton as fast as I can."

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But Wiggleton looked a very long way away.

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How would Norman get all the presents there?

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And that is when he had an idea.

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Heave! He pushed over the sign.

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"Fantastic! That will do nicely," thought Norman.

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Then he set to work, gathering all the other things he needed.

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He was very busy.

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Ta-da!

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Now it was time to rewrap the presents.

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But how?

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Norman didn't have any sticky tape.

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But, luckily, if there's one thing slugs don't need, it's sticky tape.

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With a slither and a slother, the presents were ready.

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"Phew!"

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Now it was time to put his plan into action.

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"Hey, snails," he called,

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"I need your help."

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"We need to deliver the Shelby family's presents or

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"their Christmas will be ruined."

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"But, Norman," said the puzzled snails,

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"how will we do that?"

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"Like this!" said Norman.

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"Giddy-up, whee!"

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Crash!

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Finally, they arrived at 11 Slime Avenue.

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"Erm, Norman," said a snail,

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"how will you get to the chimney?"

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"I won't," Norman replied,

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"I'm going to use the cat flap."

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CAT MEOWS

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He heaved and pushed until the last present was safely through.

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"Quick, Norman!" cried the snails, "the children are coming."

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Norman needed to hide.

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But where?

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Ta-da!

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Norman loved being a bauble

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and nobody would ever know that a slug had saved Christmas Day.

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Thank goodness Norman and the snails were there to help.

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They really did save Christmas, didn't they?

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It's time to get snuggled up and close your eyes.

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Perhaps you'll dream of saving Christmas, just like Norman.

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I'll see you again very soon, for another bedtime story.

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Night-night and merry Christmas.

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Join Dr Ranj to find out if one little slug really can save Christmas.