Stories for Children
Abdu and the traffic jam
Episode 191104 / 04 Nov 2019
TRY THESE OTHER STORIES
READ THE TRANSCRIPT
‘Oh no... Look at this! It’s going to take forever to get home now!’
Abdu’s mum pressed the brakes on the car. It slowed down till it was hardly moving. Then it came to a stop, at the very end of the traffic jam.
‘I hate this motorway,’ she said.
Abdu looked at the road ahead. Hundreds of cars were crawling along the motorway, bumper to bumper. His mum was right. It would take hours to get home.
‘Maybe there has been an accident?’ he said.
‘Maybe. Or maybe there are just too many cars on the road these days!’ She turned the radio on. ‘It’s a bad end to a good weekend.’
‘A great weekend,’ said Abdu. They had been to stay with family, up in Manchester. Now he was tired. He wanted to go to bed – he had school tomorrow. But he couldn't go to bed until he had done his homework.
Mrs Hussain, his teacher, wanted everyone in the class to write a story.
‘Write a true story,’ she said, ‘about something that has happened to you.’
Abdu had groaned. ‘Nothing exciting ever happens to me,’ he said.
And now it was Sunday night, Mrs Hussain wanted the story tomorrow, and still Abdu had no idea what to write.
Mum kept moving the car forward, bit by bit. The motorway was packed. There were three lanes full of cars, lorries and vans. Mum was in the middle lane. The left lane had the lorries. One was much taller than all the others. The back part of it was a metal container, painted dark green. There was no writing on it.
Abdu rolled down his window. The evening was warm; he was feeling hot. He leaned out and looked at the cars ahead. Their brake lights flashed red, on and off, on and off.
Suddenly there was an almighty thumping sound, deep and metallic, like someone had hit an enormous drum.
‘What was that?’ said Abdu. ‘Was it thunder?’
‘I didn’t hear anything,’ said Mum. She moved the car forward a bit more. Now the tall green lorry was closer.
‘That!’ he cried. ‘Did you hear it then?’
‘No,’ said Mum.
‘Turn down the radio. You’ll hear it then.’
She turned it down.
‘There! It was really loud that time. You must have heard it.’
‘No, love. I think you’re dreaming!’ Mum turned the radio up again.
The tall green lorry came closer. It was no more than 50 metres away now, on Abdu’s left.
This time the lorry moved. Abdu saw it clearly. The whole of the container shook. There was something inside it. There had to be! There was something inside, banging against the wall and making the drumming sound.
Abdu saw the metal move. The side of the lorry had a dent now, like something had punched it from inside. What on earth...?
The back of the lorry rocked from side to side.
‘What is in that lorry?’ he cried. ‘Mum! Have you seen it?’
‘Seen what, love?’
‘That green lorry, there. It keeps rocking from side to side.’
Mum turned round in her seat and looked at him. ‘Are you OK?’
‘Yeah. I just don’t understand why you can’t hear the noise or see the rocking.’
Mum shook her head, turned back and moved the car again.
Abdu looked into the other cars. No one else seemed interested in the green lorry. Was he the only one who could see this?
Then there came a new sound. A terrible sound of ripping metal - and five enormous claws ripped through the side of the green lorry.
It came again, but this time it was the roof of the lorry. Abdu saw a foot kick its way out. A gigantic armoured foot, like a dinosaur foot.
The whole of the roof was kicked off and a tyrannosaurus rex stood up in the back of the lorry. A tyrannosaurus rex. Abdu knew his dinosaurs. He had watched Jurassic Park fifteen times.
The t-rex climbed out of the smashed lorry and jumped down onto the motorway. Then it leapt over the fence beside it and marched away across the fields.
Abdu looked again at the cars all around him. No one had seen it! Unbelievable.
Mum moved the car forward. Now they were creeping past the green lorry. Abdu stared at the metal, ripped where the claws had sliced through.
The lorry driver didn’t look worried. He was eating an apple.
Abdu leaned out of his window.
‘Mister! Mister! You’ve lost your dinosaur! I saw it escape. It ripped the roof off and ran away across the fields!’
The lorry driver looked at him in horror.
‘No!’ he wailed. ‘Really? Then I am in trouble. That is the second t-rex I have lost this week!’
Abdu fell back in his seat. What a crazy thing! But he hadn’t imagined it. It really had happened.
And it would make a great story!
He pulled his homework book out of his bag, found a pen and began...
Latest Stories for Children
Episode 210312 / 12 Mar 2021
In this episode, Bella and Joe go on a car journey and get lost on the way – can Bella help them find their way?
Episode 210305 / 05 Mar 2021
In this episode, Joe struggles in his exam but gets a little help from his sister, Bella, and a magic pencil!
Episode 210226 / 26 Feb 2021
In this episode, Bella and Joe’s family go on a shopping trip – but Bella goes missing! Where could she be?
Episode 210219 / 19 Feb 2021
In this episode, a rainy day spoils Bella and Joe’s plans for the day so they have to make their own fun.
Episode 210212 / 12 Feb 2021
In this episode, Joe goes onto a school trip to the zoo – but things don’t go quite as planned!
Episode 210205 / 05 Feb 2021
In this episode, Bella goes on her first camping trip and Joe gets a fright!
Episode 210129 / 29 Jan 2021
In this episode, Bella and Joe want to get a pet but will their parents let them? Watch to find out!
Episode 210122 / 22 Jan 2021
In this episode, Bella has a sick day but should Joe also have a day off? Watch to find out!
Episode 210115 / 15 Jan 2021
In this story for children, Bella helps her big brother, Joe, make the most of a golden opportunity.
Episode 210108 / 08 Jan 2021
Bella has her first day in school but needs some help from her big brother, Joe! Find out what happens in 'Back to School'
Episode 191202 / 02 Dec 2019
Cara's tired of waiting at the airport until she meets a robot! What happens next? Find out in The Robot.
Episode 191125 / 25 Nov 2019
Can Nell convince her friends and you that a book is more exciting than a mobile phone or a tablet? Find out in Nell's Book.
Episode 191118 / 18 Nov 2019
Who can help a scarecrow if a scarecrow can't scare away crows? Find out in Little Monsters.
Episode 191111 / 11 Nov 2019
What job can you do when your father's an inventor? Elli's about to find out in The Best Job in the World.
Episode 191104 / 04 Nov 2019
Abdu is going home with his mother when they get stuck in a traffic jam. But this is no ordinary traffic jam as Abdu soon finds out.
Episode 191028 / 28 Oct 2019
Amy's going to a big birthday party on Saturday. But she's got herself all upset. Can Gran make everything OK?
Episode 191014 / 14 Oct 2019
It's Joe's special day and he decides to go fishing. What could possibly go wrong and how can a beautiful white swan help him?
Episode 191007 / 30 Sep 2019
Milly finds a rainbow at the bottom of her garden. What happens when Milly tries to touch the rainbow?