Monday, January 7, 2013
Sammi’s Coat by Glenn A. Trevethan
Glenn A. Trevethan
Sammi Snake shivered as the early morning breeze whistled through sleepy Wattletree Forest. He had just awakened from a long nap, when he made a startling discovery.
There is something missing here, he thought. Somebody has stolen my coat! I must find it before sunset or I’ll catch cold.
Slithering deeper into the forest, Sammi stumbled upon Wally Wombat and Lenny Lizard playing hopscotch. “Hey guys, will you help me find my coat?” he pleaded.
“Sorry Sammi, but we must finish our game!” Wally snorted.
Sammi ventured on and soon noticed Ernie Emu sitting on some eggs beside a reedy swamp. “Will you help me find my coat, Ernie?” Sammi begged.
“Sorry Sammi, but I must keep these eggs warm,” Ernie replied.
“I will help you search,” said a little voice above in a gum tree. Sammi’s eyes beamed with delight.
“You will? And who are you?” he asked.
“Kirsty Koala at your service,” came the reply. “I am looking for a bit of adventure.”
“Come on down; we haven’t a moment to lose,” Sammi said, gazing up at the sun.
The two set off on their journey, hoping to find some clues. Kirsty lifted rocks.
Sammi searched in bushes, but alas, their efforts were in vain.
“It’s no use, Kirsty, we’ll never find my coat before dark,” Sammi sobbed.
“Let’s rest on that rock beside the swamp. Maybe something will bob up,” Kirsty offered.
Just then, huge jaws and a flashy show of teeth emerged from the swamp behind them. It was Clarence Crocodile.
“Have you seen my coat anywhere, kind sir?” Sammi asked politely.
“As a matter of fact I have,” Clarence replied, licking his lips. “Eleanor Eagle gathered it for her nest. The quickest way there is across the swamp.”
Sammi was relieved but sensed danger lay ahead. “Could you take us there please, Mr. Crocodile?” Sammi asked nervously.
“What’s in it for me? Clarence asked.
“A few emu eggs for dinner,” replied Sammi.
“Deal,” said Clarence with evil in his eye.
Sammi and Kirsty climbed on top of Clarence’s scaly back and the three proceeded across the swamp. Suddenly, Clarence snapped his huge jaws and began trying to shake poor Kirsty and Sammi into the water.
Thinking quickly, Sammi devised a plan. He whispered into Kirsty’s ear as the other side drew near.
“Now!” Sammi yelled as Kirsty covered Clarence’s eyes.
Clarence struck a log, tipping them both into the water. Swimming very quickly, Sammi reached the other side. Kirsty was not as fast a swimmer, and she was about to be gobbled up by the nasty croc!
“Grab hold of my tail, Kirsty!” Sammi yelled, dipping it into the swamp.
Clarence’s huge jaws were ready to close on poor Kirsty as Sammi pulled her clear just in the nick of time.
“That was close,” Kirsty sighed as Clarence drifted away.
“Certainly was,” Sammi replied. “Now, off to Eleanor’s nest to fetch my coat.”
“Eleanor, where are you?” Sammi cried out. Eleanor was nowhere in sight.
“We’ll never find your coat now,” Kirsty confessed.
The setting sun cast an orange haze across the horizon. Feeling rather tired and a little thirsty, Sammi slithered slowly over to a nearby stream.
Sipping the clear, cool water, he noticed his reflection. “Eureka!” he shouted. “I have found it!”
“It’s in the . . . water!” Kirsty asked, arriving at the water’s edge.
“Not exactly. I’m wearing it,” beamed Sammi.
Suddenly, Eleanor Eagle flew down before them. “Thanks for your old coat, Sammi; my nest is complete,” she chirped.
“That’s all right, Eleanor, you can have this one next summer,” Sammi chuckled.
About the Author
Glenn A. Trevethan is a first-time author with a diploma from The Institute of Children’s Literature in Connecticut. He is the second eldest of five children who grew up in Bendigo, Victoria. He has had several poems published, and he wrote two hymns for The Uniting Church. All animals need their stories told. This is the beginning of a long saga.
A self help guide by Amy Mah (Vampire) for teenage vampire girls, the guide is fully illustrated by manga Artist Heby and is written in an easy to follow A - Z format explaining everything a teenage vampire girl would need to know about living life as a modern Vampire. What is fashionable to wear when eating out? Fang maintenance & how to keep your claws sharp. Should you let a boy bite you on the first date? Easy to understand clear advice is given to every day problems Example: When you get an urge to bite: We all get those normal urges to bite things, and I must point out it is very normal, Claws are all well and good in a fight but a bite gives the extra advantage of getting a refreshing drink at the same time. Lots of girls worry about showing their Fangs in public believing that to show your fangs is rude, but don't be shy they can be a girls greatest asset (ok second greatest asset) if a boy is being rude to you, don't just snarl at him, just bite him! You are a vampire why do you think you have sharp teeth if not for sinking them into a boy that is being rude to you.
Today's world is difficult for everyone, especially teenagers. They face the stresses of school, deciding whom to date, and the biggie of sex, just to name a few. Imagine all of those things ten times worse, and you might get an idea of what it's like being a living, breathing teenage vampire. At last, the world can read about the life of a girl with good teeth, her problems with strong sunlight that gave her spots, and the sunblock that made her hair go yucky and produced more spots. Yes, sunlight was dangerous, as she could be the first teenager in history to die from terminal acne! In her everyday life, older vampires expected her to walk about at night in the traditional female uniform, a see-through, 18th-century nightdress, without undies! Well, this female vampire knew why the cold winds blowing along the corridors were called, "male winds," so she wore her see-through nightdress over jeans and a very thick jumper. To be sure that people would still know she was a vampire, the jumper had a very large, pink bat on it. And as to guys, well, it was normal for a girl to dream about guys; she just wished the dreams could have involved chocolates and holding hands, not leaping out at someone, ripping off his shirt, and demanding to know what blood type he was (at least not on the first date).
Since the author of this unusual and humorous book is herself unusual and a bit off the charts, I am doing something a little different with this review. Of course, I mean that in the most loving way. You don't doubt me, do you, Mistress Amelia? I think it is necessary to give a brief account of how our Amy sees herself and her writing. This is borrowed from Amy's blog with some minor editing on my part. Clears throat!
The author, Amelia Mah, is a 20 something snarky, sarcastic and cynical author who has a very popular blog of how she sees the world from the point of view of a modern teenage vampire. Following the success of her first book, "FANGS RULE A Girls Guide to being a Vampire," she has now expanded the idea of life as a teenage vampire into a full novel. Amelia has given her avatar her own name so you can see the world first hand from a very bored teenage vampire that has been forced to remain a teenager for far too long. She may have very good teeth and the ability to hang from ceilings but life is far from easy.
This is not your typical vampire story where vampires are jumping in bed with humans or are entangled with werewolves for one reason or another. This is the story of a teenage vampire who is just trying to survive in her day to day existence. It is humorous and will make you laugh out loud when Amy is just being her own unique self. She has a way with words that is like no other. This book gives us insight as to how how Amy meets her boyfriend Max and becomes best friends with his sister Ice, who were introduced in her first book. Amy is so outrageous that you can't help fall in love with her. I'm sure she would have something to say about that... No matter! The book is a delight and if you are into the strange and unusual, you must get your copy and see for yourself. You better get a copy unless you want to hear from the author. She has her own version of bending you to her will. In all seriousness, get your copy, it is a great book.
Disclosure: I received a copy from the publisher for reviewing purposes.
I give Vampire 5 out of 5 stars
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