Everyone in the class wanted to try out Ben’s crutches. And everyone wanted to sign his cast. The gargoylz hadn’t left much room with their paw marks but they managed somehow.
Then Mr Widget came over. He was full of boring facts about how they make plaster of Paris – which is what they used to put on broken bones a hundred years ago when he was a boy. And then he went on about how crutches should be measured. Then suddenly he noticed the marks on Ben’s cast. Mr Widget got really excited. He grabbed a magnifying glass and started inspecting the paw prints saying that he was sure that they’d been made by the Allogonian lizard that was extinct! We couldn’t tell him that Azzan had made them and that he wasn’t an Allogonian lizard but a stone gargoyle dragon! Ben had to pretend that he’d drawn them.
But it gave us an idea for a trick. Just before school, Azzan, Jelly and Enoch slipped into Mr Widget’s classroom, spilled flour all over the floor and then left their prints all over the place. We could hear Mr Widget from the school gates. He was telling Mrs Hogsbum that there was an escaped Allogonian lizard, a pterodactyl and an owl loose in the school. Mrs Hogsbum said that was outrageous and they’d all broken School rule number 3803 – escaped extinct creatures, extinct flying reptiles and nocturnal birds must not leave footprints on classroom floors!
Poor Mr Widget. He telephoned the local paper to come and see but by the time they arrived, Mr Bucket had swept up all the mess. The reporter took his picture and wrote a story about teachers going mad in Oldeacre Primary School.
Jelly has written a poem about it.
See the prints upon the floor
Claws and paws, claws and paw
Make the teacher scream and shout
Can’t see what the fuss is over, it’s only prints.
Hey it’s just one month to Christmas! See you all in December.