It was Charlie’s birthday party. He was seven years old! All his friends were there. They were having a wonderful time playing games like musical chairs and pin the tail on the donkey.  They bashed a pinata to bits then played and a game to see who could be the quietest for longest! That was Daddy’s idea!
Suddenly there was a loud rat-a-tat-tat at the door, then in walked a clown, all dressed in blue with a big red nose and curly yellow hair. He flung his arms into the air and down floated zillions of sparkly stars.
He did all sorts of tricks like pulling a string of sausages from John’s ear, and yellow rabbit from a hat on Charlie’s head. He grabbed lots and lots of balloons from his pocket and started blowing them up. The girls giggled with their fingers in their ears while the boys shouted ‘bang, bang’!  He pulled and twisted them which made a horrible squeaky noise! He turned them into poodles with blue heads and green legs, and pink daffodils, and purple swords and loads of other balloony things.
Then he held a huge green sheet in front of himself.  Suddenly there was a loud bang and a puff of red smoke. The sheet fell on the ground and the clown had disappeared! They all sat there with their mouths open trying to work out where he had gone.
‘Birthday cake’, shouted Mummy from the kitchen. The lights went off and in she came, her face lit up by seven little candles. Suddenly they forgot about the clown!
‘All sing Happy Birthday to Charlie’ she said.

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