Lenny Henry narrates two 'Rastamouse' stories. In the 'Crucial Plan', a cheese pie competition tempts a thief who ultimately finds redemption as a head cook in the orphanage. 'In Da Bag-a Bling', mice are kidnapped and a 'rap' ransom note is left. Rastamouse sets a trap, which eventually leads to the villain who decides to change his ways. 'Rastamouse' was written by Michael de Souza and Genevieve Webster and illustrated by Genevieve Webster.
Can be used as a starting point for many different types of drama and writing. Using ‘The Crucial Plan’ story, the children can prepare to put the thief on trial for his crime of stealing the cheese from the orphans. Split the class into different groups with different responsibilities, such as the accused, the prosecuting team, the defence, the victims and witnesses, the judge and jury and the police. The children have to each write their own statement which will support them when they act out the trial of the thief. Using ‘Da Bag-a Bling’ the children can invent their own unique way of capturing the kidnapper and re-write the end of the story using their own idea.