Seven Simple and Slightly Silly Stories

An abandoned cat helps a lonely mouse. A family of ants moves to safer ground. A cockroach befriends a human. Straightforward? Of course – if it weren’t for some surprising turns along the way. But even they’re as nothing to the twist in the tale when Death comes knocking, or the mayhem in the washtub when an outraged shirt confronts a social-climbing Argyle sock. In this unique, quirky and darkly witty collection of seven fables for young and old alike, anything can happen. And it certainly does – with unexpected and often poignant consequences!

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Cat and Mouse:

Another Seven Simple and Slightly Silly Stories

While a little learning goes a long, long way, it’s not necessarily in the right direction – as Sid Christmas found to his cost in ‘The Wisdom of Teaching Reindeer to Read’, one of the fables in this follow-up to Seven Simple and Slightly Silly Stories. Among others in this new collection for the young at heart aged 10 to 110, discover the wasp who thought too little of himself and the puddle who thought too much, the magnificent squirlybird whose like will never be seen again, and the tale of a once-fashionable lift whose final thoughts turn to revenge.


‘Another seven hits from the storymeister… I so enjoyed reading John Foley’s second volume of hyper-quirky children’s stories for grown-ups. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always original and compelling, the ones I like best are about the consequences of believing that we’re something that we’re not, as in the tale of a puddle with delusions of grandeur; or, indeed, of becoming something we didn’t know we were, as in the tragi-charming life-story of a young wasp called “ZX23798KQ74 (2nd class) or ZX74 for short”. Keep ’em coming!’

– Francis Hallawell, Presentation Coach & 1st Amazon customer

‘I’m really enjoying reading John’s book “Another seven simple and slightly silly stories” – my favourite short story is “The wisdom of teaching reindeer to read”. I really enjoyed that one, it made me chuckle. It’s a great book to just pick up and dip in and out of on my commute.’

– Lloyd Page, Mencap volunteer

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