A special note to teachers and parents: I've included in the Introduction some background notes on the genesis of each story. You might also be interested in the fact that the readability of these stories, according to the Flesch-Kinkaid Scale (Reading Level Statistics), ranges from 2.4 to 7.3, with an average of 4.5. Most young readers, along with those adults who have not forgotten how to read or what it feels like to be a child, should be able to handle these stories. And for those adults who have forgotten what it feels like to be a child, maybe these stories will help you remember.
My stories have been published in numerous journals and magazines, including Highlights for Children and Weekly Reader. I am also the author of the middle grade novel The Family That Wasn't and the young adult novel My Vacation in Hell. You can follow more of my writing at my blog "The Twaronite Zone." http://www.thetwaronitezone.com
“… he heard a strange rumbling noise coming from the kitchen. Then a loud crash. He got there just in time to see a small glacier go right through the kitchen wall, into the living room, and out the front door.” (from “The Glacier That Almost Ate Main Street”)
A glacier that starts in a refrigerator is just one of the weird things that can happen in these twenty-one stories by Highlights for Children author Gene Twaronite. What if you showed up for school one day, but the school wasn’t there? What if words suddenly leapt off the page in the book you’re reading and floated away? What if the jet you’re on is afraid to fly? What if your parents gave you a real live rhino for your birthday? What if a little snake stretched and stretched to become the longest snake in the world? What if dragons really exist somewhere? What if …? Discover the answers to these and other questions. But be careful. Imagination can be a dangerous thing … especially if someone closes the book on you while you’re inside.
While some of these stories were first published in magazines including Highlights for Children and Read (Weekly Reader), many are brand new. So what are you waiting for? Jump right in—have fun with your head! Includes nine original, full-color illustrations not found in the print edition.