Jo Brand reads a comic version of the tale of Rapunzel. Dan Druff the barber is very happy and sings in his shop, but his girlfriend Tam O'Tei hides herself away because she has terrible hair. The Bad Hair Witch, who lives in the nearby tower, makes hair potions from herbs in her garden. Dan goes to take some herbs but she catches him and says that he will pay her with his first child. The herbs solve Tam's hair problem and she and Dan are soon married. When they have daughter, Shampoozel, the Bad Hair Witch seizes the baby and takes her back to the tower. Shampoozel grows up with very long and beautiful hair, and the witch uses it to climb in and out of the tower. A Prince, Gary Baldy, hears about the hair potions and travels to the tower. He watches the witch climb down Shampoozel's hair, and uses it to climb up. He and Shampoozel fall in love and she escapes from the castle by cutting off her hair. 'Shampoozel' was written by Laurence Anholt and illustrated by Arthur Robins.
Students could discuss the meaning of the word ‘parody’ and how you can tell if something is a parody. They could then create their own parodies of traditional stories based on a theme or keyword. Students could begin by brainstorming idioms, puns and clichés related to the theme or keyword and use these to write the story. For example, the fairy story could be ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and the key word or theme could be ‘hands’. The new title could be ‘Hands All and Gretel’ and words and phrases used in the story might include ‘handsome’, ‘to give a hand’, ‘to hand over’, ‘hands on’, ‘to have to hand it to someone’ and so on.