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Short Stories, Nigel The Niggly Napkin

Short stories for children. This story is all about Nigel. And yes, he’s a napkin.

Granny Annie presents “Nigel The Niggly Napkin” written & read-aloud by Jo Kemp

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Title: Nigel The Niggly Napkin
Genre: Children’s
Author:  Jo Kemp
Published: 2019
Language: English
Publisher: BoodleBobs

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Short stories for kids.  This is a story all about Nigel and yes, he’s a napkin.

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SHORT STORIES BOODLEBOBS NIGEL THE NIGGLY NAPKIN  PAGE 1

Is it a bird?” Is it a bee?

No, it was Nigel turning himself into a bird or a bee because – being a napkin – he could fold himself into any shape he liked.

And it always had to be ‘just so’ for Nigel. Perfectly straight lines and sharp creases, which made him irritatingly…

Niggly.

“Origami (pronounced O-RI-GA-MI) is an art form,” he boasted. 

“Shape or size is never a problem” he continued becoming a pyramid then changing his mind and becoming a lampshade.

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But that was a mistake because along came Malcolm who was VERY attracted to lampshades and Nigel (currently a lampshade) was VERY afraid of moths!

He knew moths ate cardigans, socks, best jumpers and…

… NAPKINS!

Or so Nigel thought and fled to the safety of his drawer.

“What’s up with him?” Malcolm asked Lucy.

“All I want to do is be friends?”

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SHORT STORIES FROM BOODLEBOBS – NIGEL THE NIGGLY NAPKIN  PAGE 2

“He thinks you’re going to eat him,” sighed Lucy. “He doesn’t know you’re made of paper.”

“I don’t eat paper!” exclaimed Malcolm, “And besides, I wouldn’t eat Nigel, it’s not a good way to make friends.”

“Well someone should explain that,” said Lucy brightly. “Go and ask Elsie to help.”

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NIGEL THE NIGGLY NAPKIN PAGE 3 – BOODLEBOBS SHORT STORIES

So Malcolm fluttered out of the window and headed towards the apple tree where Elsie was swinging on a branch.

“Why do you live in an apple tree?” he asked.

“Why not?” she replied and carried on swinging.

“It’s not everyone’s choice but I like swinging so what better place.”

“Have you come to join in?”

Malcolm explained about Nigel and Elsie just carried on swinging so none the wiser, Malcolm went back to the kitchen.

“YOU’RE MADE OF PAPER AND I DON’T EAT PAPER!!” he shouted angrily into the drawer.

But Nigel wouldn’t budge.

He’s quite right,” said Elsie gliding in through the window. And deftly opening the drawer with her long blue trunk, she picked Nigel up and took him back to the apple tree.

“I could do with some company,” she said, “Will you make yourself into an elephant?”

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BOODLEBOBS SHORT STORIES – NIGEL THE NIGGLY NAPKIN PAGE 4

“Easy,” said Nigel and made himself into an elephant.

“Have you come to eat me?” said Elsie when Malcolm arrived. “Or have you come to eat me?” echoed Nigel.

“No! I haven’t come to eat either of you.” replied Malcolm, “Everyone knows that you can’t eat an elephant….

…let alone two of them.”

“There’s your solution, stay as an elephant,” advised Elsie.

So Nigel safely trotted back to the kitchen with his new friend Malcolm. “I can turn myself into just about anything,” he chatted, “You just name it.”

“A cardigan?” suggested Malcolm slowly.

“Easy-Peasy!” replied Nigel and became a nice blue one.

Now that wasn’t a very wise thing for Nigel to do.

“Do you know the story about the scorpion and the frog?” asked Malcolm moving closer.

“No?” Does it have a happy ending?”

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“I’m afraid not,” said Malcolm. “You see, the scorpion needed to cross the river and, to cut a long story short, the frog eventually agreed to carry him but was afraid the scorpion would sting him.”

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CHILDRENS SHORT STORIES – NIGEL THE NIGGLY NAPKIN PAGE 5

“And did he? Did the scorpion sting the frog?”

“Oh yes… good and proper.”

“But why?”

“Because it was in his nature,” sighed Elsie in passing.

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“And unfortunately for you, and it’s in Malcolm’s nature to eat cardigans…

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….even paper ones.”

“Huh! I wish I’d stayed as I was,” said Nigel glumly as he became Malcolm’s lunch.

“He wouldn’t have eaten an elephant.”

Poor Nigel. It’s a good job he’s got a twin brother!

The end.

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N is for Nigel: Nigel the Niggly Napkin
Is it a bird? Is it a bee? No, it’s Nigel turning himself into a bird or a bee because – being a napkin – Nigel can fold himself into any shape he likes.

And it always had to be perfectly straight lines and sharp creases which makes him irritatingly…. Niggly.

It stands to reason that Nigel’s favourite pastime is ORIGAMI – the art of folding paper (or napkins) into anything and when he succumbs to flattery and decides to show off, he does rather end up in the deep end.

Just ask the frog and his so-called friend the scorpion!

Nigel’s in Australia. In Australian English, Nigel is a colloquial term for a male social misfit or a friendless person, Names Nigel. Nigel’s name meaning on Wikipedia

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There’s something immensely satisfying about the letters of the alphabet. They offer no limit to literary invention, and to base a book on the twenty-six letters in the English language one can always be sure of one thing – that there is a beginning and an end, and how vital that is with a children’s story, be it read to them or by them!    The title page reveals that the book was something of a labour of love.
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