This is read-to story for younger children or a self-reader for P2 and above.
It tells of a song contest between the Robin, the Song Thrush and the Blackbird.
Nearby the Skylark is listening to their efforts and she enters to contest uninvited.
If you wish to hear these birds singing, also download the MP3 file which is a compilation of
sound files provided courtesy of Auntie BBC.
This is a read-to story for pre-school and P1 boys and girls.
The story was told to me by my Ethan (age 4) who wanted to write a story for his big cousin Matthew (age 7) because Matthew had sent him a story called Fred the Seagull.
In this story you will meet a few familiar characters from fairy tales.
As usual the story is available to download as a PDF for your personal use.
For the first time there is also an MP3 version kindly read by Grandma Margaret.
This is a wee tale of three little piglets who like to play hide and seek.
One little piglet has a magic wand.
Suitable as a ‘read-to story’ for under-5s.
This story and its artwork came from Matthew Bonthron when he was newly 6 years old.
This story is about a brave and resourceful young man called Matthew MacMill. MacMill is the leader of a group of scientists and engineers who work at MacLabs where they invent clever devices for the benefit of mankind.
As a hobby, MacMill and his team of MRacers compete in the World Mountain Race (WorMRA) series, hoping to win the Platinum Salver.
Their main rivals are the Z-CARS, led by a Cyborg called ZED-ONE. The Cyborg is ruthless and will stop at nothing to win by adding illegal additives to his Z-PLAS fuel.
ZED-ONE never obeyed rules if they got in his way.
This fantasy tale is suitable for boys and girls aged 7 to 9 to read alone or as a ‘read-to story’ for younger children.
It is a long story with over 12,000 words. It is divided into 12 chapters and is perhaps best enjoyed over several sessions.
This story and its artwork was developed from discussions with Matthew Bonthron who was nearly 6 years old when he had this adventure with his friend Dominic.
The boys are in charge of Ocean Mission Control and have been ordered by the Prime Minister to investigate the Mystery of the Nordsea Trench.
This tale contains scenes of necessary violence required to deal with the Rogue Giant Squids and their evil companions the Malevolent Mutant Orcas.
At around 7,000 words it will take about 30 minutes reading time for 7 to 9 year-olds or as a ‘read-to story’ for younger children.
The story line for this tale was developed in discussion with Matthew Bonthron (age 7).
The scenes are drawn from reality, based on a short holiday at Hoburne Holiday Park during August 2017. Hoburne is set in the midst of hundreds of flooded gravel pits which comprise the greater Cotswolds Water Park area.
The weather was warm and humid and we witnessed several massive thunder storms which created ideal conditions for the strange people called the Amphibios who live in the depths of Mallard Lake.
This story is suitable for boys and girls aged 6 to 9 to read alone or as a ‘read-to story’ for younger children.
This story was written by Matthew Bonthron (age 7) for his friend Edward (8).
It tells of a great battle between the Orks and the Bloodletters.
It is based on characters and locations from the Warhammer legends.
Matthew has recently become a big, big fan of Warhammer.
This is a story written by Matthew Bonthron (age 7) for his cousins, Ethan (4) and Drew (2).
Here we meet Fred and Seagull and Stinky Bob the grouchy fisherman who does not want any other people to visit his beach.
This is a wee tale prompted by a Writers’ Circus challenge - ‘the light switch’.
As I wrote I thought of it as a tale to be told to children, that is, as a ‘read to’ story. And, as usual, I wondered how to find a willing and affordable illustrator.
My writer friend Peter soon pointed out that this is in fact a story for adults, an archive story to remind us all what our wee ones are/were like at Ethan’s stage when questions come relentlessly.
Kareth Paterson my editor suggested that if it was to become a story for kids then it would need a lot of work to dramatise the language etc.
So, here it is, nearly as written. Many years from now Ethan as a bigger boy might read and enjoy it.
Perhaps one day, when Santa brings or sends me an willing and industrious illustrator, I will re-vamp it as a children’s story. Pigs might fly.
As you read you may detect that Ethan is keen on ice-cream and sweets, items he gets only very infrequently. Think healthy eating, think fruit!
This story was written for Euan, our neighbours’ son, then 9 years old.
It is a story about three boys who live at the Antonine Wall, near Bearsden.
The boys live on the safe side which is controlled by the Romans.
They have been told repeatedly never to go north of the wall to the lands where the savage Pictish people live.
However, the best fishing is in the Pictish lands, and the lure of Trottus Enormos proves too great.