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A big snake called Penelope.

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Hello! My name is David.

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Do you like animals?

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I hope so because I'm going to read you a story about animals anyway.

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And one animal in particular.

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A big snake called Penelope.

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It's called There's A Snake In My School!

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The pictures are by Tony Ross and I wrote the book.

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So I should be really good at reading it.

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Are you ready?

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Then I'll begin.

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Mr Bright had told all the children in his class it was

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Bring Your Pet To School Day.

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Everyone rushed into the playground to meet the animals.

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There was a stupidly cute gerbil,

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a tiny goldfish,

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a fat cat,

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a 100-year-old tortoise,

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and a tall dog.

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Last to arrive - as usual - was a little girl called Miranda.

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She was riding on the back of an enormous, slithery snake.

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"Meet Penelope, my pet python!" announced Miranda.

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On seeing the snake, the other children screamed.

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"ARRRRGHHH!"

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Miranda loved being different.

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She always stood out at school

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with her individual take on school uniform,

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her cartwheels down the corridors,

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and her funny answers in class.

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"What ended in 1945?"

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"1944?"

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A python is a rather unusual pet.

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But Miranda and Penelope had so much fun playing together.

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For the little girl, the snake would pretend to be a balloon,

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a scarf, a hula hoop,

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a telescope, a trombone,

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TROMBONE HOOTS

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and sometimes, when they were both feeling particularly mischievous,

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a third arm.

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OUCH!

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"Come and give her a tickle!"

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encouraged Miranda.

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But the other children were too scared.

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Penelope was a python, after all,

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and pythons eat people.

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All the pets were frightened too.

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The large dog yanked on his lead, sending his tiny owner flying.

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WOOF

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The goldfish tried to hide behind some water.

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PLOP

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The tortoise made a rather slow run for it.

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The cute gerbil flashed her gnashers.

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GROWL!

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And didn't look so cute any more.

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The fat cat just carried on napping.

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PURR

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Miranda slid down her snake.

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The little girl tickled her python under the chin and the snake smiled.

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"See, she's very friendly."

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Soon, everyone was gathered around to marvel at Penelope.

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The python loved the attention

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and made a climbing frame for the children to climb on,

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steps for them to step up,

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and a fireman's pole for them to slide back down.

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Penelope even helped the children learn their numbers,

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although she could only go up to nine.

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This was turning into the best day of school ever.

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But then, Miss Bloat, the Headmistress,

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thundered into the playground.

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"There's a snake in my school!" she shouted.

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Miss Bloat didn't like animals much...

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Or children.

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"It's um... I-i-it's Bring Your...

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"P-p-pet To School Day," spluttered Mr Bright.

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"And Penelope is my pet!" said Miranda.

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"Miranda! I should have known you would have to be different.

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"A snake is not a pet. It's a menace!" snapped Miss Bloat.

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"Mr Bright, all these filthy beasts are confiscated."

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GASP

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All the girls and boys shouted, "No!"

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As the Headmistress stuffed their pets

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into the lost property cupboard.

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Except for Penelope the snake.

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Miss Bloat had other ideas for her.

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"This disgusting thing is coming with me," bellowed the Headmistress.

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With that, she dragged the poor python

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along the corridor to her office.

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"Where are you going to put Penelope?" asked Miranda.

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"In the bin!"

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"No!"

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Miss Bloat crammed the snake into her bin and slammed the lid shut.

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SLAM!

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Then, she plonked herself down on top so the python couldn't escape.

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The bin rattled and rattled

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but Penelope was trapped.

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"A snake in my school indeed, get back to your lesson!"

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Downstairs in the classroom, tears rolled down Miranda's cheeks.

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All the children were sad to have had their pets taken away

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but no-one was sadder than Miranda.

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BOOHOO!

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The little girl feared she would never see Penelope again.

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At the end of the day, Miranda dashed upstairs to

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Miss Bloat's office to try to make her change her mind.

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There was no answer.

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So, slowly, Miranda pushed open the door.

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DOOR CREAKS

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Only to see Penelope sitting in the Headmistress's chair.

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Miranda ran towards her pet and gave her a humongous hug.

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Miss Bloat was nowhere to be seen.

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So the girl grabbed the key on the desk,

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ran to the lost property cupboard as fast as she could, and unlocked it.

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The animals were overjoyed to be set free.

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MEOW! WOOF! CHIRP!

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Then, Miranda and all the pets slid down Penelope's back,

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into the playground.

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Whoosh!

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The children shouted, "Hooray!"

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Penelope entertained everybody again.

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She made a see-saw for them to see-saw on,

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a swing for them to swing on,

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a wheel for them to roll in,

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and a skipping rope to skip with.

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Penelope even helped some of the younger children with

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the alphabet, although it was hard to do an X.

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As for Miss Bloat, she had completely disappeared.

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So Mr Bright was made Headmaster.

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Now the children were allowed to bring in all their favourite animals

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whenever they wanted.

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The school became home to every sort of fantastic creature.

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An ostrich, a giraffe,

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a tiger, a gorilla, an elephant,

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a kangaroo, a crocodile, a grizzly bear,

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and even a colony of penguins.

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But the star attraction was always Penelope.

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Though had Miranda noticed there was

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something different about her python.

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There was a bulge. A big bulge in the snake's tummy.

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A bulge in the shape of...

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Miss Bloat!

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And Miss Bloat still lives inside Penelope to this day.

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But don't worry. She's got used to it.

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I think the school sounds much more fun

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now Mr Bright is Headmaster, don't you?

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I'll be back soon for another bedtime story but until then,

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I hope you have delightful dreams about all sorts of animals.

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Night-night!

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# Time has come to say good night

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A story read by a special guest. David Walliams reads his own story, There's a Snake in My School, about a little girl called Miranda and her very unusual pet Penelope.


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