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Junkyard Story Series: Episode 2 - Old Crick

Enter, Mr Crick! His surprising frog-robot personality surprises the junkyard neighbourhood! Joe and Mike discover the important letter he’s searching for.

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Old Crick

In the red glow of the evening summer sun, a mechanical alligator in a surgeon’s gown crouched over a mechanical frog creature stretched out on a table made of stacked tyres. Ten-year-old mates Mike Himmel and Joe Sakana looked on as Snappy, the alligator they had made out of car parts, flourished his tools like a seasoned surgeon.

Joe and Mike watch Snappy use tools on the orange frog robot.

“If you insist on knowing,” said Snappy with his long metal jaw, “the jigulator’s wires connect to the crabulon and the fusing of the fourth connection will complete the krumple circuit.” 

A puff of smoke rose from the small heart-like electrical unit as Snappy soldered it into the mechanical frog’s chest.

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Benefits of reading Junkyard - Old Crick

This short story covers the friendship theme. Old Crick is written and narrated in the third person. We recommend children with a reading age of 4 - 10 years old for this story.

Who are the main characters in Junkyard - Old Crick?

The main character in the Junkyard series is ten-year-old Joe Sakana and his best friend Mike Himmel. This is a sci-fi story series set in Swindon where the boys create robots that become characters. In episode 2 they create a frog-robot.