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Superman and Wonder Woman
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Helps Superman and Wonder Woman save the day
Grandma and Grandpa
~ 2015 ~
Jonathan Alan Peterson,
age 6, from
Wisconsin, ran up the steps of the National History Museum.
had been closed for renovations. Now it was reopening. Superman and Wonder
Woman were going to cut the ribbon.
Jon stopped dead in
his tracks. Two
huge stone lions were staring hungrily down at
him. Just for a second,
Jon thought the lions were real!
“I wish Chris, Trevor and Hannah
were here with me
now,” Jon said with a smile.
worry, Jon,” Wonder Woman said with a
laugh. “These lions won’t hurt you. They’re stone. People in Africa
carved them 2000 years ago.
Jon exclaimed. “They sure are fierce
is full of really interesting things,” Superman told
Jon. “C’mon, it’s time for the museum
doors to open.”
museum’s main hall, Jon saw all the
exhibits: dinosaur skeletons and life-sized models of the giant blue whale,
the saber-tooth tiger, and the woolly mammoth. Then
Jon saw something very
Jon cried. “The whale is moving! It’s
the blue whale, the biggest mammal ever to live on Earth, was thrashing its
giant tail. Frightened people went running and screaming.
Woman!” Jon shouted. “Please help the
whale! It’s more frightened than the people.”
right, Jon,” Wonder Woman agreed. With all
her strength, Wonder Woman lifted the huge animal.
Woman will carry the whale out to the harbor where it can swim safely out to
sea,” Superman told Jon. “But I have to
get to the bottom of this. What’s going on here?”
didn’t know it yet, but Mister Mxyzptlk, the evil little imp from the Fifth
Dimension, was having some fun. Mxy had come to the museum opening, too,
and his magic had caused the whale to come alive. But that was not all the
mischief he had planned for Superman and Wonder Woman.
Jon saw the Tyrannosaurus Rex bones
walking across the floor. “Superman!”
shouted. All over the museum, people were running and screaming. “Help!”
they shouted. “Help! Help!”
museum displays had come to life. Stuffed snakes were crawling on the
exhibition hall. The dinosaur skeletons were making their way up one
corridor and down the next. Suddenly, out of the corner of his eye,
Jon saw a funny little man scurry across
the floor and out of the museum.
look outside!” Jon called out, pointing to
the little man.
Superman cried. “This isn’t funny, Mxy. Change everything back the way it
Supes. You know that’s not how it works. I’m not fixing anything until
someone makes me say my name backwards,” said Mxy with a laugh. And the
little imp winked at Jon.
Suddenly, Jon heard two blood-curdling roars. The
huge stone lions had come alive! People were screaming for help because the
lions hadn’t eaten in 2000 years. They were very hungry.
Wonder Woman rushed to stop the super strong beasts.
at Jon. “I love making Superman and Wonder
Jon sat down and thought. How could
he make Mxyzptlk say his own name backwards?
at all the destruction he was causing and smiled. “I sure know how to have
a good time, don’t I?” he gloated to Jon.
“What could be better than this?”
Jon had an idea. “Well, when I want to
have a good time, I hang out with Alex, Peter,
Lucas and Kltpzyxm back in Appleton,
scratched his head. “What kind of name is Kltpzyxm?” he asked.
his mistake. “You tricked me into saying my name backwards!” he cried. But
it was too late. With a poof, the little imp disappeared back into his own
Jon looked around. The dinosaurs, the
lions, and even the whale—everything was back to normal.
“You did it,
Jon!” said Superman. “You made Mxy go
your help, Jon,” Wonder Woman said.
“You’re a real hero!”
~ ~ ~
Jonathan Alan Peterson
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