The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: EAT DIRT BALLS!

Here’s the next extract from the three books in The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: A Read & Bake Series. Take a look.

Excerpt from The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: EAT DIRT BALLS!

It was Saturday morning. Celia opened her eyes then jumped out of bed, ran to the window and watched raindrops running down her window. She watched them as they made wiggly paths all the way down and into the wet dirt below.


Suddenly, she had an idea. She asked her mom if she could call Cedric to share her great idea.

“Yes, you may,” said her mother, “then get washed up and have your breakfast.”

“Thanks mom!”, said Celia as she went to call Cedric.


The phone rang at Cedric’s house. “Hello, this is Cedric”, he said.

“Good morning, Cedric”, said Celia. “I have a fun idea. Do you want to hear it?”

“Oh, yes please”, answered Cedric.

“Well,” Celia replied, “it rained last night so there’s lots of mud in our garden. Let’s pretend we have a Snack Shop and we’ll make all kinds of yummy treats to serve all the people who come to our Snack Shop. We can use my play Snack set with all the cups and plates and spoon and forks”.

“Cool idea!,” exclaimed Cedric. “I’ll be right over after I eat my breakfast.”


Cedric ate breakfast at his house. Celia ate breakfast at her house. Then Cedric hurried to Celia’s house and rang the doorbell. Celia opened the door holding a

bucket filled with two little shovels and other utensils to make mud treats for their Snack Shop.


After spotting a very muddy patch of dirt in the garden, Celia and Cedric set up all their digging utensils and plates.

“What should we make first?” asked Celia.

“We could make pancakes,” suggested Cedric.

They used their shovels to dig up dirt and patted it into flat pancakes. But when they tried to lift the pancakes onto plates the pancakes just broke into pieces.

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So they tried making chocolate cupcakes. They filled a little Snack cup with dirt and turned it upside-down, just like they would make a sand castle. But the cupcakes fell to pieces too.

Cedric said, “Nothing is working. What will we do? We’ll never be able to play Snack Shop with this mess.”


As they thought about what to do, they each held a handful of mud and rolled it around in their hands. Suddenly, at the same time, Celia and Cedric shouted, “I made a dirt ball and it’s sticking together!” “Yay!” they shouted.


“I know, I know!” exclaimed Cedric. “Let’s roll them in grass clippings from the lawn. That will help them really stick together.”

Busily, they made more dirt balls and piled them high on a plate. When the plate couldn’t hold any more dirtballs, Celia and Cedric ran to show Celia’s mother.


“Oh, they look so tasty,” said Celia’s mom, licking her lips. Celia and Cedric smiled and said, “We wish we could eat them!”

“Well, I have an idea,” smiled Celia’s mom. “I have a recipe for dirt balls you CAN eat!”


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