an adventure starring Vito, Jeremy, and Doofus
There are three best friends named Jeremy, Doofus, and Vito. They live in the same neighborhood. Doofus likes building interesting wooden structures and eating pizza. Jeremy likes playing Frisbee and singing. Vito has a big workshop and likes building machines and engines. They all love hunting for treasure.
One day Jeremy comes over to Doofus’s house and says, “Hey Doofus. Guess what happens five days from now?”
Doofus thinks for a moment. “The sun comes up. We ride bikes. I take a bath. We have pizza?”
“I mean something special,” says Jeremy. “Something about Vito.”
“We go on a treasure hunt?” asks Doofus. “And then go get pizza?”
“Maybe,” says Jeremy, “but that’s not the special thing.”
“Tell me,” says Doofus, frowning. “My head hurts from guessing.”
“It will be Vito’s birthday,” says Jeremy. “Let’s make him something really special.”
“Like a giant pizza?” says Doofus.
“Better than that,” says Jeremy. “A super duper treasure-hunting machine.”
“Oh but Vito is the best machine builder in the world,” says Doofus. “He’s the smartest, strongest, fastest, and cutest. How could we ever make a machine as good as the machines he already has?”
“Well, I don’t know,” says Jeremy, “but I think it would be fun to try.”
So they get lots of wood and bolts and nuts and build a structure as big as a giant house and they put forty-seven wheels on it. Now they make twenty-four engines with levers and gears and wires and batteries and attach them all over the inside of the structure.
“Wow,” says Doofus, admiring their work. “Let’s have a pizza break.”
After a lunch of delicious mushroom and cheese pizza, they get back to work.
They add five digging arms, a big saw arm, a telescope, wings, propellers, and a control panel with seventy-nine buttons and forty-three dials and nine screens.
Now they take the machine for a test run and fly down to the beach where they dig a giant pile of sand and using the special sculpting arm they create the biggest and strongest sand castle ever made that no waves can ever knock over.
In the sand castle they make bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, a living room, and a gigantic playroom with swings and a slide. They like the sand castle so much they decide to live there. They build a second sand castle where they keep the machine.
Now everything is ready. On Vito’s birthday they go to his house and tell him they have a surprise for him if he will agree to be blindfolded so he won’t know where he’s going.
“Sure. No problem,” says Vito, letting them blindfold him. He’s so smart he guesses they are taking him to the beach. When they get to the beach, they remove his blindfold and shout, “Happy Birthday!”
And even though Vito could easily build a bigger and better sand castle and a much bigger and better machine, he really likes the ones Jeremy and Doofus made for him. Now they go into the sand castle and there are lots of people waiting to shout SURPRISE!
Now everybody sings Happy Birthday to Vito and they have a huge birthday pizza followed by ice cream and chocolate cake. On the cake are five lit candles. Vito makes a wish and blows out all the candles with one breath.
“What was your wish?” asks Doofus.
“I wished everybody in the world could be happy,” says Vito.
“Yay!” says Jeremy. “That’s the best wish of all.”