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Hello, I'm Dr Ranj. Do you like my skeleton friend?
She looks silly, doesn't she?
Tonight's bedtime story
is all about the adventures of four silly skeletons,
so make sure your skeleton bones are sitting comfortably.
It's called Four Silly Skeletons and is written by Mark Sperring,
with illustrations by Sue Hendra.
Meet four silly skeletons - Fred, Sid, Belle and Bill.
They live in this house at the top of the steep hill.
And here at the bottom, where the ground is good and flat,
lives their dear, sweet Auntie June and her skellybones cat.
Now, every single day, there always seems to be
a silly little mishap - sometimes two or three.
But luckily, dear Auntie June is never far away
to pick up all the pieces and make everything OK.
On one dark and starry night, when the moon was big and round,
Skelly Fred heard music - such a sweet, toe-tapping sound.
Belle, she started twirling. Bill's knees began to knock. Then "Cuckoo!"
went the cuckoo in the skelly cuckoo clock. "It's midnight!"
shouted Skelly Sid. "But what do we all care?
"How can we think of sleeping when there's music in the air?"
So four silly skeletons shimmied down the hill
with a swish and a sway and a leap and a twirl.
Rumba, samba - well, look at them all go!
Bone-rocking, high-kicking, to and funny fro.
Jive-bopping, leapfrogging - oh, a body pop -
until a sweet, worried voice cried, "Stop! Stop! Stop!"
It was dear, sweet Auntie June with a bottomless bag
and she said to those skeletons,
"I'm not one to nag, but take these lamps and torches and this
"shining candlestick, for it's dark out on this steep, steep hill.
"You know I worry sick!"
But four silly skeletons said they didn't need more light.
"Just look," they said to Auntie June,
"the moon's still big and bright."
So off they danced with a skip and a hop,
and not one of them saw the great big drop!
"Help!" Four silly skeletons, all in a heap.
A pile of bones, stacked up steep, moaning and groaning beneath
the cloudy moon, weeping and wailing, "We want our Auntie June!"
And just then came a bright,
beaming light that shone like gold in the dark, dark night.
And dear Auntie June took some string and sticky glue
and put them back together, almost as good as new.
Now, Belle has two left feet, Fred has two right,
Bill is a muddle and Sid says, "Serves us right.
"Next time we go dancing beneath the full moon,
"we really must listen to clever Auntie June."
I hope you enjoyed that story.
Fred, Sid, Belle and Bill did get into a muddle, didn't they?
Thank goodness for Auntie June!
Maybe you'll dream about dancing under a full moon tonight,
just like the skeletons.
Night-night, sleep well and I'll see you soon for another bedtime story.