Lots of Shallots
Reviewed by Oscar Sweetman (age 6)
One time Scarf Lady knitted instruments for Sarah and Duck and they played them in the rain and mud and duck got all dirty. And the instruments were filthy. And Scarf Lady said, “no need to worry, they are wash-a-bub-a-bull” and her handbag said, “WASHABLE!”
Scarf Lady says funny things and gets words wrong and her bag tells her off and gets grumpy – for example she says, “this is my old Junkbox” and her bag yells, “JUKEBOX!”
And then they wash the instruments and they shrink – and so Sarah decides to give them to tiny insects to play. And this bug puts on a bow-tie and starts to sing. He says, “a-wah-Wah-WAHHHHHHHHHH” and the narrator says, “th-tha-tha-YEAH-THAT’S JAZZ! – hahahahaha…”
In another episode Sarah is making a cake for Duck’s birthday. He sleeps in the bathtub. Sarah is making the cake and she lets duck stir but it falls over. And they wonder what to do with the cake-mix. Just then the cake starts talking and says, “I can HELP!”
“Do as I say, and I will be the best cake ever!”
It comes out all brown and it can still talk – they didn’t eat it and decide it must be cake’s birthday as well! They all go to the park and sing the special birthday song. That’s when duck spills bits of his bread on the cake and the narrator shouts, “oh, crumbs!” and laughs…
There is an episode called Cheer Up Donkey. They go to the library to find out why donkey is sad. They go in. The duck quacks. And the library-person says, “Shh!” Sarah whispered, “Why are donkeys sad?” The librarian said, “I don’t know, the finding-out books are upstairs”. They read the book but it was about tractors. They were reading it too loud and the librarian says, “Shh!” And then they go to the animal section and they were too loud there and he says, “Shush!” Then they went downstairs and were about to leave and duck quacked and the librarian says, “Shh! Goodbye!”
The Bouncy Ball episode is when they go and duck gets a red ball and it is really, really bouncy. And then it was Sarah’s go – she got a blue one. And it didn’t bounce. And so she wrote a letter that said, “excuse me, please, my ball does not bounce! From Sarah”. And then she puts the letter by the hole where the ball has come out and it goes in and a letter comes out that says, “Sorry your ball doesn’t bounce, please come and choose another one…PTO…” Sarah didn’t know what that meant. And the narrator says, “I think it means Please Turn Over…” and it showed her where the door is – to go inside to choose another ball. She said she likes hers but it could really roll and she says, “Catch it duck!” And then he finds it. And then she takes it home. To teach it to bounce they put it on the sea-saw. And the bag got hit with the ball and Scarf Lady said, “It’s a nice blue-bell”. And the bag says, “IT’S A BALL!”
In another episode it starts with a rainbow coming into their house and they went to the park and had a breakfast-picnic with the rainbow.
Sarah needed to go toilet and duck was desperate to go the toilet as well and he comes out with the toilet paper on his head. They went to the park but it was raining and the rainbow couldn’t go. When the sun comes out again the rainbow comes back.
In another episode, called Lots of Shallots, Sarah found some seeds and they planted them. And duck was all muddy by the dirt and Sarah said “yuck – Muddy Duck!” He went into the water and he didn’t like it and got all furry. They went to dinner but the shallots weren’t there still and they went to bed and in the morning the shallots were there. They taught them stuff to do, like a backflip and other tricks. They drew their favourite vegetable and loads of them drew vegetables but the last one drew a duck and he said, “quack!”
It was funny.