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Michael Underwood - The New Small Person

An exciting story read by a special guest. Michael Underwood reads Lauren Child's story The New Small Person.


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Hello, my name's Michael.

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It's time for a bedtime story so I hope you're sitting comfortably.

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Tonight's story is about a friend of mine named Elmore.

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It's called The New Small Person and it's by Lauren Child.

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Elmore Green started off life as an only child, as many children do.

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He had a room all to himself and everything in it was his.

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He was very proud of his room.

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He watched all his favourite cartoons on his own little TV set,

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no-one ever changed the channel.

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He could line up all his things on the floor

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and no-one moved them one millimetre.

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When his Uncle Cecil gave him a jar of jelly beans,

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Elmore could eat every single bean all by himself

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in whatever order he liked.

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There was no worry about anyone eating the orange ones

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because Elmore Green's parents did not eat jelly beans.

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Whee!

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Elmore's parents thought he was the funniest,

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cleverest, most adorable person they had ever seen.

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Elmore liked that because it was nice to be the funniest,

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cleverest, most adorable person someone has ever seen.

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But then, one day, everything changed.

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Somebody else came along.

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GURGLING The new person was small

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and didn't do much but still people

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picked it up and smiled at it and gave it things to chew.

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They all seemed to like it.

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Maybe a little bit more than they liked Elmore Green.

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CRYING The new small person

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didn't like watching Elmore's

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favourite TV cartoons and would squawk until the channel was changed.

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Elmore did not find shows for small people at all stimulating.

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But everyone said the small person couldn't help it

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because it was only small.

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Sometimes, the small person would come into Elmore's room

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and knock things over and sit on things that didn't want to be sat on.

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Once, it actually licked Elmore's jelly bean collection,

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including the orange ones!

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As anyone knows,

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jelly beans that have been licked are not nearly so nice.

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But everyone said Elmore could not be cross

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because the small person was only small.

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Elmore wished the small person would go back to wherever it came from.

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But Elmore's parents explained that this was not possible.

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The small person got bigger. And things got much worse.

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One day, Elmore found the small person wearing

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his fourth most favourite outfit, without asking!

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"That's mine," said Elmore.

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"It is not for small people."

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"I want to be the same as you," said the small person.

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But Elmore Green did not want to be the same as someone small.

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The small person followed Elmore Green everywhere.

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It wanted to sit next to him, it wanted to copy everything

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that Elmore did, it wanted to be everywhere that Elmore was.

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"Where are you going?" said the small person.

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"Nowhere," said Elmore.

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"Can I come?" said the small person.

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When the small person said things like this,

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Elmore Green would go and sit up in a tree.

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He did not want someone small following him around.

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One awful day, the small person moved its bed into Elmore Green's room.

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Now, Elmore couldn't get away from it.

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It was always there, looking at him.

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Sometimes it would stretch out its arms and say, "Huggle!"

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But Elmore didn't want to cuddle up to someone small.

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However, one night, everything changed.

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Elmore Green had a bad dream. It was very upsetting.

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A scary thing was chasing him, waving its grabbers and gnashing its teeth.

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Elmore screamed and the small person bravely got out of bed

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and clung onto him.

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"Go away, scary!" shouted the small person.

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It was nice to have someone there in the dark when the scaries were about.

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A few days later, Elmore was lining up all his precious things

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so they reached from his bedroom door to all the way down the stairs.

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It was a very long line of things. The small person was very amazed.

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"Ooh!" it said.

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"I could make them reach the front door

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"if I had more things," said Elmore.

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"I have more things," said the small person.

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"I have at least five or three things. You can have them."

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It felt good to have someone there who understood

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why a long line of things was so special.

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GIGGLING

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The next evening, Elmore was laughing at the TV.

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The small person looked at Elmore and then at the TV

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and then he laughed, too. It was very funny.

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More funny, somehow, with two people laughing than just one.

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Elmore opened his jar of jelly beans.

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"You can have a jelly bean if you like, Albert."

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His brother, Albert, smiled. Elmore smiled back.

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"Whichever colour you like," said Elmore.

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"Except for orange!"

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I think Elmore and Albert are going be very good friends, don't you?

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I hope you enjoyed the story.

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It's time for you to get tucked into bed now.

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Sleep tight and I'll be back again soon with another bedtime story.

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Night-night.

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Michael Underwood reads Lauren Child's story about Elmore, who discovers that his room and everything in it no longer belongs just to him.