Mia and The Rocketship Tree
Written and illustrated by Boaz Gavish
1 - Mia put on her space suit, took Koalabo by the hand, and walked out to the street in front of her garden.
"Isn't it a lovely day?" asked Koalabo.
"Every day is lovely," answered Mia.
2 – “Can I play with you?” Mia asked the children playing in the street.
“You can't skip or jump with a space suit on," said one of the children.
3 - So Mia returned to her garden, and walked towards her red and yellow treehouse.
4 – Then, Mia looked at Koalabo, who was a robot Koala after all, and knew everything there was to know.
"Playing games is a lot of fun, but for a true adventure, you don't need anyone!" Koalabo said in his robotic voice.
5 – Suddenly, Koalabo bounced up onto the tree, and Mia quickly climbed up the rope ladder.
She put a wooden key into the tree trunk and twisted the key three times. The tree slowly changed…
6 - into a rocket ship tree! Mia saw flashes of fire coming out of its branches, and knobs and buttons that looked very important, popped out on the trunk.
7 - “3..2..1..lift-off,” said Koalabo, and Mia flicked the switches to fire the main engine.
8 - The tree took off with a big BOOM, bursting through the clouds with a wonderful “Whooooshhhh”.
9 - And quick as lightning, Mia and Koalabo were in space. They were travelling faster than anything you could imagine, leaving Earth far, far behind…
10 - They flew high above the moon as it shone brightly below.
“Is the moon made of blue cheese?” asked Mia.
“Wouldn’t that be wonderful?” answered Koalabo. He understood how delightful such thoughts could be.
11 - On they flew
past the Fish-teroids. They were off on one of their own adventures.
12 - Past magnificent planets, some with rings and some without.
13 - Past a flying swimming pool, full of happy, green creatures, splashing about.
14 - Past stars and other space delights.
15 - Past a fiery green sun, shining so bright.
16 - Until they reached the Space Ticklers, on a small, purple planet.
17 - “You can’t play with us,” yelled one of the Space Ticklers, as they ran around tickling each other.
18 - But Mia was the best tickler of all. She quickly tickled them until they were filled with delight at their new tickle champion.
19 - And so they tickled…
20 - ...And tickled…
21 - ...And tickled
22 - Until Mia became tired of all the tickling. It seemed to be all that the Space Ticklers wanted to do. What Mia really wanted was to be with her real friends.
23 - Then, a soft sound came from the rocket ship tree. It sounded like someone calling for Mia from far, far away.
24 - “Goodbye Space Ticklers,” said Mia. But the Space Ticklers didn’t want to let their best tickler leave their planet. So they sent rainbow tickles at her until she was stuck and unable to move.
25 - But because Koalabo was a robot, he couldn’t feel tickles. He showered a burst of tickles on the Space Ticklers, so that THEY couldn’t move.
26 – Chop-chop, Mia and Koalabo raced up the tree and into the tree house. “Lift off,” shouted Mia and off they flew…
27 - …through the darkness of space and past planets and stars. Past the moon and the sun, who were having such fun.
28 - They fell through candy peach clouds and pink vanilla skies…
29 - …until they reached Mia’s garden. And the children on the street were still there and were asking her to join them. So she did!
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