This power-point document contains a reader's theater script for four hilarious stories, by Robert Munsch: Stephanie's Ponytail, The Paper Bag Princess, Smelly Socks, 50 Below Zero, and Pigs, Show and Tell, Purple, Green and Yellow, Moira's Birthday, Something Good, and Angela's Airplane.
50 Below Zero: Jason’s dad falls asleep everywhere … except in his own bed. All night long, Jason gets woken up by strange noises that lead him to find his dad in the most unexpected places—from on top of the refrigerator to the freezing cold woods outside his house. In order to finally get a good night’s sleep, Jason musters up all of his resources and comes up with a most unexpected solution—tying his dad’s toe to the bathroom doorknob to keep him in place.
Stephanie's Ponytail: None of the kids in her class wear a ponytail, so Stephanie decides she must have one. The loud, unanimous comment from her classmates is: “Ugly, ugly, very ugly.” Steadfast, when all the girls have copied her ponytail, she resolves to try a new style. With true Munsch flair, each of Stephanie’s ponytails is more outrageous than the last, while the cast of copycats grows and grows.
The Paper Bag Princess: Princess Elizabeth plans on marrying Prince Ronald, who is practically perfect. However, a dragon arrives who destroys her castle, kidnaps Ronald, and burns all her clothes, so she must look for something to wear, and her only option is a paper bag. Elizabeth follows the dragon and Ronald, and seeking to rescue her fiancé, challenges the dragon to burn forests with fire and to fly around the world. The dragon completes the tasks but after flying around the world a second time becomes tired and falls asleep. Elizabeth rescues Ronald, who is ungrateful and tells her to return when she looks more like a princess. Elizabeth calls Ronald out for his ungratefulness and goes dancing off into the sunset.
The story reverses the princess and dragon stereotype. As a result, it has won critical acclaim from feminists, including an endorsement from the National Organization for Women.
Pigs: Pigs is based on a story told to Robert Munsch by a school child named Megan. The little girl is asked by her father to feed the pigs. He warns her not to open the gate because pigs are smart and will try to escape. " 'Right,' " said Megan, 'I will not open the gate. Not me. No sir. No, no, no, no, no.' " But she can't help testing the pigs by opening the gate just a little bit. The pigs run right over Meghan WAP-WAP-WAP-WAP-WAP and out the gate. And thereby begins another delightful Munsch tale of pigs on the loose.
Show and Tell: Ben wreaks havoc at school when he decides to bring his baby sister for show and tell. Perfect to introduce students to the concept of what is (and isn't!) appropriate for class show-and-tell!
Purple, Green and Yellow: Brigid really loves markers. But when she draws on herself with super-permanent ink, she knows that spells trouble.
Something Good: “Something good” is exactly what Tyya, Andrew and Julie want to put into their shopping cart. Tyya’s dad won’t buy anything good at the store—no ice cream, no candy, no cookies. But when the saleslady puts a price sticker on Tyya’s nose, Daddy is finally forced to buy something good.
Moira's Birthday: Even though her parents said only SIX kids, Moira invites grades 1 to 6 (AND KINDERGARTEN!!!) to her birthday party. But her parents don’t know—until …
Angela's Airplane: While looking for her lost father at the airport, Angela ends up in the front of the plane. She decides to push just one button, and then another ... and another ...
Smelly Socks: Tina loves her brand-new socks so much that she's never ever going to take them off! But when her wonderful socks start to get smelly, her friends have to take action!
There are 22 different narrators for each script, but each could easily be adapted to fit larger or smaller class sizes. Munsch stories make PERFECT reader's theater scripts, as they are hilarious (your kids will be rolling) and offer many opportunities to teach enthusiasm and enunciation while reading aloud.