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Looking for a children's story from my early childhood.
« on: November 07, 2018, 11:02:48 PM »
Okay, there's a children's story that I've been trying to find for years, and I know it exists, because I had an audioplay version of it on cassette. Okay, this is going to be very trippy, so bear with me...

The main character is a wimpy, short little man who laments being so wimpy and short. He has a wife and two sons. One day, he and his sons were away from their home in town or something when he encountered a magician with a white beast, which is never adequately described. Somehow, the magician tricks them into something, and the wimpy short man's sons turn to pumpkin-headed people. I think that the magician might have tricked them into eating something that caused it... I think. Oh, it gets weirder from here.

Somehow, wimpy dude and his now pumpkin-kin sons end up in the magician's... property? All I know is that the place is full of other kids who have been turned into pumpkin-headed people. They basically spend all day carving their pumpkin-heads open and harvesting the seeds they pick out from inside. I think the sons and other kids go along with it because they're under some kind of mind control spell from the magician, but I don't remember why he needed to turn them into pumpkin-headed kids or why he needs them to pick the seeds out of their own heads, and... Told you this was gonna get weirder.

And for some reason the wimpy guy is there, I don't remember why. I think maybe the magician was stringing him along by making him do hard labor for him in exchange for turning his boys back into regular boys because that makes the most sense to my adult mind. Of course, this story stopped making sense the instant they came across the magician, so...

Anyway, wimpy guy ends up trapped in a cave with the magician's pet giant and he sings a sad song about being a sad, wimpy little guy. I think his sons somehow came to and they distracted the giant so their dad could escape and they end up on the run from the magician and his white beast... I think.

I don't remember how the story gets resolved, but the kids turn back to normal and the magician and his white monster somehow end up getting turned pumpkin-heads, themselves.

And that is the gist of the story I can't remember. If anyone has... any... idea what this was called, please tell me.

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Re: Looking for a children's story from my early childhood.
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2018, 01:12:13 AM »
Doesn't ring a bell with me! Can't access the topic you linked without logging in to said forum, sadly. Have you tried asking on a big internet community like Reddit? The more people, the quicker you might receive your answer! :)

This story has the consistency and weirdness of most of my dreams. Maybe I should become a children's book author based on whst my head makes up at night, haha!