Cartoon Bedtime Story Nigel the niggly napkin, BoodleBobs are a set of short stories for kids are written and narrated by Jo Kemp, who also wrote the cult fist series of ‘Jamie and the Magic Torch’, Chorlton and the Wheelies’. Jo also produced over 100 episodes of ’The Raggy Dolls’ .
This is a story all about Nigel and yes, he’s a napkin. 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.
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This is a cartoon story all about Nigel and yes, he’s a napkin. 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. (5.27 secs) “Shape or size is never a problem” he continued becoming a pyramid then changing his mind and becoming a lampshade.
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?” “He’s 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.”
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?”
“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?”
“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.” “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, “And unfortunately for you, it’s in Malcolm’s nature to eat cardigans…….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!
© Jo Kemp 2015
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The first set of Boodlebobs, a set of bedtime stories for Kids was originally published in 1980, and have now received an animation video facelift for social media. Nigel a short story for kids is titled on YouTube as 'Cartoon Stories for children, Nigel the Niggly Napkin' and is part of a set of 26 Free Kids Books which will be available for free download in English and other languages too.
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