Skip to Main Content

Weird and Wonderful

A sweet tale about less popular bugs and the importance of not stepping on them. Includes a song and unusual instruments.

Music Audio Stories - Weird & Wonderful audiobook cover image

Weird & Wonderful is my ninth audiobook. 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 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 the 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! Book Details

Character voices:

  • Cormac McCoy - the centipede
  • Adie Hardy - the snail/the slug
  • Anna-Christina - the spider
Cormac McCoy recording the voice of the Centipede in audiobook Weird and Wonderful by Music Audio Stories
Cormac McCoy recording the voice of the Centipede in audiobook Weird and Wonderful by Music Audio Stories
The script pages to audiobook Weird and Wonderful by Music Audio Stories on a mixing desk at the studio

Cormac 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

This story is slower and calmer than some of my other audiobooks. 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 without stepping on them during the drama section. This is what the centipede's song is about. It's so cute when they're all trying not to step on the cards as the song plays in the background!

This story is brilliant for teaching children about the particular insects in the audiobook and the cards also help to do this by providing visual aids.

Behind The Scenes

Here's some footage of Cormac recording the voice of the centipede during the tea party at the end of the story.

Feedback

At under 4 minutes long, Weird & Wonderful is great for toddlers, as Kathryn Svendsen from Shelf Full of Books suggested. I was pleased when she mentioned in her review, how much she liked the uncommon, non-traditional orchestral instruments in this audiobook. She awarded it with a fabulous 5 Star Rating.

Dawn Heslin from Bound4Escape recommends this story for parents and classroom use and likes the way it gives children a new perspective on bugs… even though they’re weird, they’re still wonderful! Priscilla Tan also awarded this story with a 5 Star Rating. Her website closed down but you can still read the review and see the rating here Priscilla and her Books.

💜 Anna-Christina

Download coming soon

Posted on:
Posted in: The Making Of

Follow our amazing adventure and get a free gift!