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Mr Tickle


It was half past eight on a rather warm, sunny morning. In his small house at the other side of the wood, Mr Tickle was fast asleep. He was having a dream. It must have been a very funny dream because it made him laugh out loud and that woke him up. He sat up in bed,
stretched
his
extraordinary
long arms and
yawned
an enormous yawn. Mr Tickle felt hungry, so do you know what he did?

He reached out one of his extraordinary long arms, opened the bedroom door, reached down the stairs, opened the kitchen door, reached into the kitchen
cupboard
, opened the biscuit
tin
, took out a biscuit, brought it back upstairs, in through the bedroom door and back to Mr Tickle in bed. Mr Tickle munched his biscuit and looked out of the window.
Mr Tickle

Mr Tickle


Later that day, after Mr Tickle had made his bed, cooked his breakfast and washed the dishes, he set off down the garden path and through the wood. As he was walking along, he kept his eyes very wide open, looking for somebody to tickle. pretty soon he came across a school. In one classroom he was sure he could hear what sounded like children singing. In another, the boys and girls were all sitting at their desks drawing pictures and, writing on the blackboard in the corner, stood a teacher.

Mr Tickle's extraordinary long arm


Mr Tickle's extraordinary long arm went right up to the teacher, paused and then tickled! All of a sudden, the teacher jumped in the air and turned round very quickly, but he couldn' t see anything. Mr Tickle smiled and then tickled the teacher until he started shouting, "Stop it!" over and over again.
Chuckling
to himself, Mr Tickle jumped down from the window. The children
whistled
and cheered noisily. The poor teacher just scratched his head.

Then Mr Tickle went off into the nearest town. He tickled the policeman on
duty
at the crossroads in the middle of town. First he tickled the
greengrocer
just as he was piling apples neatly in his new shop window. The greengrocer fell over backwards, and the apples rolled all over the shop. He tickled the doctor and the
butcher
and even little old Mr Stamp, the postman, who dropped all his letters into a
puddle
.

Then Mr Tickle went home. Sitting in his armchair in his small house at the other side of the wood, he laughed and laughed at the idea of all those people he had tickled. Because they couldn't see him, they didn't stand a chance. So, if you are in any way ticklish,
beware
! Just think. perhaps that extraordinary long arm of his is already
creeping
up to the door of this room. What if it pushes open the door now? You can't hide. It's
pointless
. Consider yourself well and truly tickled.

Words to look at

  1. fast asleep
    In his small house at the other side of the wood, Mr Tickle was fast asleep.
  2. tickled
    Mr Tickle's extraordinary long arm went right up to the teacher, paused and then tickled!
  3. enormous
    He sat up in bed, his long arms and an enormous yawn.
  4. extraordinary
    He reached out one of his extraordinary long arms,
  5. munched
    Mr Tickle munched his biscuit and looked out of the window.
  6. set off
    Later that day, after Mr Tickle had made his bed, cooked his breakfast and washed the dishes, he set off down the garden path and through the wood.
  7. chuckling
    Chuckling to himself, Mr Tickle jumped down from the window.
  8. crossroads
    He tickled the policeman on duty at the crossroads in the middle of town.
  9. puddle
    He tickled the doctor and the butcher and even little old Mr Stamp, the postman, who dropped all his letters into a puddle.
  10. stand a chance
    Because they couldn't see him, they didn't stand a chance.
  11. creeping up
    Just think. perhaps that extraordinary long arm of his is already creeping up to the door of this room.
  12. It's pointless
    You can't hide. It's pointless. Consider yourself well and truly tickled.

Questions about the text:

  1. What woke Mr Tickle up? He was having a dream. It must have been a very funny dream because it made him laugh out loud and that woke him up.
  2. What was a bit unusual about Mister Tickle's appearance? He sat up in bed, his long arms and an enormous yawn.
  3. Did Mr Tickle go to the kitchen to get the biscuits? He reached out one of his extraordinary long arms, opened the bedroom door, reached down the stairs, opened the kitchen door, reached into the kitchen cupboard, opened the biscuit tin, took out a biscuit, brought it back upstairs, in through the bedroom door and back to Mr Tickle in bed. Mr Tickle munched his biscuit and looked out of the window.
  4. What was Mr Tickle looking for when he went out and walked around? As he was walking along, he kept his eyes very wide open, looking for somebody to tickle.
  5. What was the teacher's first reaction when he got tickled? All of a sudden, the teacher jumped in the air and turned round very quickly, but he couldn' t see anything.
  6. Could the teacher see who tickled him? All of a sudden, the teacher jumped in the air and turned round very quickly, but he couldn' t see anything.
  7. Which sentences shows that the teacher was puzzled or confused? The poor teacher just scratched his head.
  8. Who was the first person Mr Tickle tickled when he was in town? Then Mr Tickle went off into the nearest town. He tickled the policeman on duty at the crossroads in the middle of town.
  9. What happened to the apples at the greengrocer's? The greengrocer fell over backwards, and the apples rolled all over the shop.
  10. What landed in a puddle? He tickled the doctor and the butcher and even little old Mr Stamp, the postman, who dropped all his letters into a puddle.
  11. What you have to be aware off? So, if you are in any way ticklish, beware! Just think. perhaps that extraordinary long arm of his is already creeping up to the door of this room.

Discussion:

  1. Would you like to have such long arms as well?
  2. What would you use them for?
  3. Are you ticklish?
  4. Are you allowed to eat biscuits in bed as well?




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