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The Inventors Fair Ruby

Welcome to the 117th Inventors Fair, and prepare to be amazed with the wild and wacky inventions across the field. Once complete you can then write your own inventions and put them into the tale too.

This Storywalk is designed for year 5 and 6 as some of the language and words used are designed to stretch your pupils. Teacher note - read chapter one out loud to all your pupils together and then let them read the rest to each other in their groups.


This story starts at spot the hard standing of the courtyard enters the northern grass field.
Chapter one


‘Roll up, Roll up, the inventors fair is here'.

‘Come see the miraculous, the incredible, the fan-tab-u-lous' announced the orator from his tiny wooden podium. He then leans forward and whispers to you ‘I know that fantabulous is not a word, but this is an inventors fair and if you can't invent a few words here and there, then what's the point, ay!' His moustache twitches in excitement which seems to accentuate the shiny baldness of his head.

‘Buy your tickets here' he announces to the crowd gesticulating in a strange flourish of twisting wrists towards the booth and turnstile.

‘Now good people, ladies and gentlemen, have you been acquainted with the astounding Mr Arac, who will be demonstrating his incredible Home Spider Dentistry Kit or what about Dr Faustus and his amazing security device, The Magic Void'. He pauses for effect before he continues ‘it's a new type of safe which hides your valuables inside a surprising quirk of space-time itself.' Go see him, he's at stall number 253, but then he mutters to you under his breath ‘I suggest you don't let him Magic Void your pet, last one came back a little squishy and the boys keeper was quite disgruntled.'

Suddenly you have a ticket and are through the barrier, and there before you is stall - upon stall - upon stall, this is the inventors fair. Tents and turrets are pitched everywhere, flags and banners billow as smartly suited visitors amble between the stalls. Noises fizz from displays where plumes of pink and purple smoke waft from curious contraptions to the left, right and just about everywhere.

A voting paper is then thrust into your hand and you notice it has six spaces for nominations, this is what you need to fill in and post before you exit.

You glance back and see the sun glint off the Orators shiny head as he disappears back through the gates. His wrists spin above his glistening head as he funnels and encourages more paying visitors through the turnstiles.

Now to the fair.
Go to the Stone
Chapter two

Teleporter Door

As you approach the first stall that catches your eye, you see the sheer amizingness of the tent looming up in front of you it's flags fluttering proudly in the light breeze, approximately twenty four feet above the ground. In front of the tent is a bustling crowd eager for a glimpse of the "Teleporter Door" or so the humongous banner says (quite literally! Its shouting is quite deafening). You also want a glimpse of the breakthrough in science, so you try to squeeze through the jostling crowd, luckily-because of your size- you are at the front of the mob one just in time to see the curator (Grooka Catchablac)giving a short lecture to a man at the front of the queue. Mr Catchablac finishes his chat and ushers the man inside the "Teleporter Door". But then, as soon as the last of the man disappears, he suddenly reappears as if he went nowhere! Then you acknowledge a little box in his hand, randomly, he suddenly doubles over clutching his stomach as he smiles at Grooka with a "really man?That hurts!" Sort of grin, and shuffles of to a different stałl (probably one that is NOT run by professor J.Argon). After a few more demonstrations your legs take over and you are walking over to the back of the queue and (obviously) you are at the front of the line in record time. Grooka then tells you that while you say YEE while in the other side you can pick up any ONE thing...ONE! Also he adds on that if you find a golden turtle then BRING IT BACK!! You will win your very own teleporter door to do anything with! Just as you are about to step through the door, Mr Catchablac also says that when you come out of the Other Side you will lose 5% of your blood sugar. "Like POOF!?" You say as you make a gesture with your hands
"Yes! Actual POOF!!" He mimes your gesture. "Right then, of you go!" So you walk through the shimmering, shining veil.
As you come out of the vortex In between the real world and the parallel dimension of the Other Side you realise someting is amiss...then it dawns one you; there are no humans!!! You take a looka round the place but soon there is a bleeper sound that probably signifies the end of your exploration of the Other Side, so you start heading back to the door, but as you are almost there a glinting catches your eye so you go over to investigate the shiny thing and to your fortune it turns out to be the golden turtle! You pick up your prize and arrive at the doorway and walk through it to the normal world.
As you arrive in the tent you quickly hand over the turtil, give him your address and number but suddenly you double over because there is an excruciating pain in your stomach. But as you shuffle off, you swear you see professor J.Argon pick pocketing the inventor of the AutoBottleOpener20000.
Go to the blue brolly
Chapter three

Matter Remover

(It is an algid day) as you approach the stall you see a large tent with the words 'Matter Remover' all over it. As you walk you see a mad professor (blatantly boisterous) holding what looked like a camera and he was flashing it at things on the table. Every single time, just after the flash a big puff of green smoke was emitted from the camera like device and you start coughing. You push your way to the the front to see what is going on and you see a mad professor clicking at sticks and other odd things. After the puff of smoke the odd thing would disappear. Mad professor (as mad as a quacksalver) explained that his machine put things in non-being and that you couldn't get them back, you hear mad professor droning on about how his machine works and towards the end you hear him say that at the end of his show he will put a person in the non-being! He goes into explain how dangerous his machine is.

The most brilliant thing that happened was that the clicker went off by accident. Everyone looked around to see what had been removed, and pop the tent disappeared. Everyone started laughing about a second after the incident.You mingle there for a while and watch him make things disappear and after a while he accidentally made someone's coat disappear.
Go to the orange brolly
Chapter four

Fire Freds Flame stall

As you stroll by stalls with names like : The Rough Raisins; Fantabulous Fast Shoes! You come across an orange stall with red banners. You marvel at the flaming torches and sparkling stage as you walk in; the crowd around the stage
Go to the pink brolly
Chapter five

Animal thought translator

As you are having a browse your eye is caught by The Animal Thought Translater store, you see a crazy-looking person ( with white,stupendously spiky hair that seemed as though it had been uncaringly exposed to much statick electricity ) shouting some nonsense through a small microphone,rows upon rows of animals and a podium with a rarther bleak-looking invention,a small chip with a small but powerful speaker attached (apparently it picks up brainwaves and translates them into a language of your choosing) sitting on it. Shocked,you then notice the animals are talking in perfect English ,with : audience members being asked to be fed by cows ;cats and dogs begging to be stroked and ducklings crying s to be put down. "My invention can turn thoughts In an animmals head straight into words!" Dr. Snicklebacker -the inventor-claimed to a captivated audience.Suddenly,the most ridiculous thing happens when doctor Snicklebacker whips off a costume and reveals that he is actually a horse with an animal thought translator! It is dead funny! Shouts! Cries! Screams!!! As you turn to leave the larger animals are startled by a screaming monkey and begin to stampede. Before you know it the stage has been reduced to nothing! Oh well, you can still see how that invention could be useful in the future , can't you?
Go to the purple brolly
Chapter six

The Infinite Improbability Doodah

Wondering idly on in a vaguely entranced state, induced by the many mind-blowing, phantasmagorical wonders of ingenuity that are arrayed around you, like so many books, you eventually find yourself quite a way further from where you originally started and even further still from where you intend to be. However, there is one thing that that will certainly make up for the long and arduous sojourn back to the main food tent (wizard sandwiches, magically inventive!) : It is a large, grey ,vaguely aethsteticly displeasingslightly-out-of-place cylinder, about ten metres high and the same in in diameter, that has slowly been erected over the course of several days by several builders, who drank rather more than several cups of tea. Painted on the floor of said large, grey etc cylinder, is an ever-so-slightly worryingly large X. It is red, with stripes. Awesome!!!!! You find that curiosity gets the better of you so you decide to amble over. You still haven't learnt about the inventors fair and curiosity...
As you arrive, a motley crowd slowly starts to gather and a rather short, ottery man ducks out the steel-grey tent that sits behind pre-mentioned cylinder, he, rather to your surprise and bemusement, is flanked by two brown-and-grey-streaked otters. How strange. The aforementioned man-flanked-by-two brown-and-grey-streaked otters introduces himself as Prof. J. Argon, the sole inventor and owner of the worlds first Infinite Improbability Doodah, the interesting name contrasts sharply to the aethstetics of said thingymajig,(doodah being a highly scientific and technical term of course). He goes on to explain that "My device, when it is triggered, will instantly and completely transport the user to to the place that they are least likely to be, within your parameters of course i.e. The surface of the Earth."
You almost leave there and then but your curiosity and experience with this fair bids you otherwise. You eventually decide to stay.
Wildly gesticulating, he extols the list of incredible virtues of his machine. Many are sceptical, not believing him as you did. But then, he does something unexpected: whilst assuring them free transport home, he asks for three volunteers! Needles to say, there was an understandable wave of hesitation in the crowd, but then, there is a huge surge of willing volunteers.
The three are chosen. Are they lucky; we shall find out soon enough. The lucky/unlucky three are given special camera-linked safety suites and they are told to press the button in the glove, brace and then step foreward....
Volunteer number one works perfectly; He seems to have landed on top a sort of small, sandy hill. Volunteer number two is the same; she seems to have landed by a huge, beautiful lake. With volunteer number three however, there is a problem, and the problem is thus: volunteer number three ended up materialising in one of the bottomless bags of the dodgy stall number 23. He was never seen again.
You decide to beat a hasty retreat to avoid being caught up in the now really very angry crowd, now armed with torches, razor sharp colour changing candyfloss sticks and matter removers, seemingly pulled from nowhere -or one of the teleporter door parallel universes (stall 42). You leave swiftly and silently, voting sheet and tourist junk in hand. On to the next potato!
Go to the red brolly
Chapter seven

Toffee Apple Machine

The very first stall has a wide banner with the words ‘The Incredible Professor Peach' and underneath these it says ‘The one and only - Worm Whisperer' so you move on by without stopping!

The next stall has orange billowing flags shading what appear to be several soil filled fish tanks. But inside are thousands of bugs, and a technician is scooping up ladleful's which he is feeding into a brass funnel on a machine which looks like an iron radiator. The on looking crowd is drawn in as he slams the ladle down dinner lady style and the apparatus begins its work. The sign behind says simply ‘Sweet Sensations' followed by a little tag line of, ‘you won't believe how good they taste'.

Valves hiss and thrum as internal mechanisms process the live worms, first a hideous grinding noise, then a clanking, followed by a thunk sound where all the gauges momentarily throw themselves into the red zone and the eager crowd (including the technician) all take a quick step back. Then a fresh apple drops into the machine and seconds later a gentle ping sounds, a flap opens and along a conveyor belt appears a perfect toffee apple.

The technician then lifts it, turns it in the sun light and marvels at this extraordinary feat before passing it to a waiting child who tentatively takes a lick! The crowd gasps for a second waiting for the child's response, but it's obviously good as she smiles and takes a bite. Suddenly all the kids start jumping saying me, me, me, and the technician eagerly ladles more bugs into the contraption.

What do you think of the display, is it a winning machine? Write your review up quickly now before he gives you a toffee apple!
Go back to where we began
Chapter eight


The Orator approaches, bald head glistening in the sun.

‘Place your sheets in the box and we'll see who the Inventor Supremo is in the 117th inventors fair'.

Is there one invention which is the best in your opinion? Have a discussion now and see which you think is the most impressive, when you have decided then please read on.

‘Good good.' Says the orator as you post your sheets, but suddenly there is a huge sound from the middle of the field, you look over and see a jet of blue flame snatch up into the air. A BOOM follows which is so loud you feel it in your chest, and the orators mouth drops open aghast at what is unfolding.

A flash follows with attendants and visitors running pell-mell away from the ‘Mr Bubbles, double bubble super fizz pop' tent. ‘Run for cover' they shout as people dive behind bales of straw just before the BIG explosion.

The next events seem to happen in slow motion as tents flatten across the field and flags bend horizontally away from the epicentre of Mr Bubbles. Then a black wall sweeps across towards you and there is only a moment to duck before it engulfs you. But thankfully it passes in a moment and you stand again to see the orator is covered head to foot in soot! He turns with mouth still open and moustache intact to the single flash of a reporter's camera.

‘Well it would appear that the 117th inventors fair has come to an abrupt end' he says to you with eyebrows raised as high as they will go.

The next day the local paper lands on your hall carpet with this very photograph, the orator is central, treacle black from head to foot and behind him the stately metal dome of Mr Bubbles is spurting with a mountain of foam.

The headline runs with ‘Inventor's Bubble Trouble. Hundreds flee from catastrophic fizzy pop explosion at the 117th inventors fair'.

To the left of the picture you can see yourself looking rather surprised.

What an event!

The End
Chapter nine

Further Thoughts

What inventions would you have liked to have seen at the fair?

Are they big or small, can they be held in your hand, or carried on your back?

Is it edible, totally credible or just downright daft!

Have a talk amongst yourselves whilst the other groups catch up.
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