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Weird and Wonderful

This is a sweet tale about a centipede and his friends, a snail, a slug and a spider. The story features a sing-along song.

Weird & Wonderful Cd cover image

Weird & Wonderful is our ninth audio book. It was inspired by a story my sister told me and I felt compelled to write something about the bugs that are perhaps less popular than others such as slugs! The score has no conventional orchestral instruments which makes this story different from the others. I decided to use some unusual instruments such as the African Kalimba, Tapped Wine Glass sounds, the Pan Mallet and some Jamaican instruments. This brought an interesting flavour to the sound of the composition. Cormac Mc Coy provided the voice of the centipede and did a great job with his song. I liked the way he sung it with an informative flare. The narrator, me, also had to sing the song at the end which I greatly enjoyed!

Story Synopsis

This is a sweet tale about a centipede and his friends, a snail, a slug and a spider. The centipede explains how we have to be careful not to step on any of the little bugs and he sings a cute song about this. They make their way through the trees and the grass. They crawl through a tunnel under the ground. They climb up a vine to the top of a hill and then they slide down the hill and head off to the centipede’s house for tea. The story includes an original soundtrack with a sweet little sing-along song. Accompanied by unique sound effects throughout.

Story length: 3m15s | Age: 2+

Character voices:

  • Cormac McCoy as the Centipede
  • Adie Hardy as the snail and the slug
  • Anna-Christina as the spider
Cormac McCoy recording the voice of the Centipede in our audio book Weird and Wonderful image
Cormac McCoy recording the voice of the Centipede in our audio book Weird and Wonderful image
The script pages to our audio book Weird and Wonderful on a mixing desk at the studio image

Cormac McCoy recording the voice of the Centipede and the script to the story.

Teaching Children About Insects

A template card of bugs for our Story Time image

This story is slower and calmer than some of my other audio books. It is a good one to use for Story Time at the beginning of the school year, when new children are still trying to settle in. My mum came up with the idea of making little card bugs and getting the children to walk around them during the drama section. It's so cute when they're all trying not to step on them as the song plays in the background! This story is brilliant for teaching children all about the particular insects in this audio book and the cards also help to do this by providing visuals. To see more drawings from nurseries, schools and community events visit our Facebook Gallery.

Behind The Scenes

Here's some footage of Cormac Mc Coy recording the voice of the Centipede at the tea party at the end of the story.

Listen to a sample of the story below

💜 Anna-Christina

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Further Reading

Priscilla and her Books | Bound4Escape | Shelf Full of Books | Story Time | Kids Corner

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