Prince Gerald's Very Big Responsibilities ... And Other Tall Tales is a collection of five short stories for middle-grade readers (8-12 year-olds.) The collection includes Prince Gerald's Very Big Responsibilities, Big Brother Solomon: A Scribe and a Half, Dragons Don't Wear Pink, Dr. Del and Nurse Buttercup, and The Dreamtoucher's Tale. Each story is between 1,000 and 1,500-words long and each is filled with fun and silliness.
In Prince Gerald's Very Big Responsibilities, Prince Gerald is being groomed to become the ruler of the Realm of Long Pond. Each day he meets with his tutors and accompanies his father as he conducts his royal duties. But the Prince has a secret; he doesn't want to be the ruler of the Realm of Long Pond, he wants to be a cook. How can he follow his dream when he has such very big responsibilities.
Brother Solomon is a monk. He is a very big monk, and he spends his days chopping wood and doing most of the heavy work around the monastery. But when the Father Abbot announces that he needs to find some new scribes to do the work of copying out manuscripts by hand, Brother Solomon is both excited and sad. He is excited because he has always wanted to be a scribe, but he is sad because no one would think of having a big huge monk work on the delicate manuscripts. In Big Brother Solomon: A Scribe and a Half, Brother Solomon dares to follow his dream.
It is the first day of formation training for seven-year-olds and the two sisters, Una and Petulia do not want to be late. But when Petulia shows up wearing a shiny pink outfit Una is a aghast because Dragons Don't Wear Pink.
In Dr. Del and Nurse Buttercup Dr. Del has a problem. Nurse Buttercup is Dr. Del’s most trusted assistant. Not only does she help him take care of his patients, she also makes sure his office runs smoothly. But Nurse Buttercup is very grumpy – not such a good thing for a doctor who works with little children every day.
Most of Petal’s friends believed The Dreamtoucher’s Tale was just a silly fairytale – a story that fairy mothers told their children to help them create their dreams. “The Dreamtoucher knows,” they said. “She knows if you are being good children and creating good dreams. Dreams your families can be proud of.” But today Petal really needs to believe in the Dreamtoucher because without her Petal will not be able to dream her dreams into the world like all good fairies should.
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Published April 27, 2011
by Gunga Peas Books.