James McAvoy - Superworm CBeebies Bedtime Stories


James McAvoy - Superworm

An exciting story read by a special guest. James McAvoy reads Superworm, by Julia Donaldson.


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Oh, hello. Shh-shh...

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I'm James. Teddy and I like to play at superheroes.

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Do you?

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Tonight's bedtime story is about a real superhero.

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He's only small, but he's very special.

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Would you like to hear all about him?

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Good.

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The story is called "Superworm"

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and it's by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

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Superworm is super-long,

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Superworm is super-strong.

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Watch him wiggle! See him squirm!

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Hip-hip hurray for Superworm!

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GASP

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-Help! Disaster!

-BICYCLE BELL RINGS

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Baby Toad has hopped on to a major road.

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"Quick, whatever can we do?

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"Look, a Superworm lasso!"

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-The bees are feeling bored today.

-BUZZ

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They need a nice new game to play.

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Cheer up, bees. No need to mope.

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It's Superworm, the skipping rope.

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Beetle's fallen in the well.

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SPLOSH

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Is he drowning? Who can tell?

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Not to panic, all is fine -

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it's Superworm, the fishing line!

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Then toads and beetles, bees and bugs,

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brother snails and sister slugs,

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Uncle Ant and earwig aunt

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clap and cheer and chant this chant -

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"Superworm is super-long,

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"Superworm is super-strong.

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"Watch him wiggle! See him squirm!

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"Hip-hip hurray for Superworm!"

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The chant is carried on the air

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to Wizard Lizard, in his lair.

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He mutters in his servant's ear,

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"Find that worm and bring him here."

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The servant Crow is black and grim.

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Everyone is scared of him.

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-The all let out a fearful shriek

-GASPS

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to see their hero in his beak.

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The wizard waves his magic flower.

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"Now, Superworm,

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"you're in my power -

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"and you must tunnel, writhe and coil,

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"to find my treasure in the soil."

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Superworm is very cross

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to have a lizard as his boss.

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But when he tries to slink away,

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the wizard's magic makes him stay.

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For days, he tunnels, twists and winds,

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but all the treasure that he finds

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is two small buttons, half a cork,

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a toffee and a plastic fork.

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The lizard flicks an angry tail.

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"Have one last try - and if you fail

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"to find that treasure down below,

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"I'll feed you to my hungry crow."

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The Crow is flapping through the night.

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Everyone looks up in fright.

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They see him perch upon an oak

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and listen to his dreadful croak.

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CROAK

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"Superworm is good to eat."

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CROAK

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"Superworm's a special treat."

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CROAK

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"He'll be juicy, fat and firm..."

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CROAK

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"Hip-hip hurray for Superworm!"

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"Action quickly, at the double -

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"Superworm's in frightful trouble!

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"We must help him, if we can.

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"We must hatch a cunning plan."

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The garden creatures leave their home,

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carrying a honeycomb.

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They jump and fly and crawl and creep

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and find the lizard fast asleep.

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They chew the petals off his flower,

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to rob him of his magic power.

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The caterpillars fetch some leaves,

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while busily, the spider weaves.

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The web is strong, the web is tough.

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The web is plenty big enough.

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The wizard wakes.

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"This isn't funny!

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"I'm wrapped in leaves and stuck with honey!"

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Then up the bees and beetles fly

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and lift the web into the sky.

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"This is the place!" and bang, crash, thump.

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-The wizard is in the rubbish dump.

-CLANK

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And now, from somewhere underground,

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there comes a distant rumbling sound.

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The Earth begins to heave and then...

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Superworm is back again!

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Superworm the swing,

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the slide,

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the Hula Hoop,

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the fairground ride.

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Superworm the belt, the hat,

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the crane,

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the train,

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the acrobat.

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Then toads and beetles, bees and bugs,

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brother snails and sister slugs,

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Uncle Ant and earwig aunt

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clap and cheer and chant this chant -

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"Superworm is super-long, Superworm is super-strong.

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"Watch him wiggle! See him squirm!

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"Hip-hip hurray for Superworm!"

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That was called "Superworm".

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I think there was more than one superhero in that story.

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Superworm's friends were all heroes too.

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Now, it's time for you to zoom off to bed.

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Even little superheroes need their sleep.

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

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Sweet dreams.

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