Worry Warts

by Monkey Baa

11-year-old Keith Shipley will do anything to cheer up his “misery guts” parents.


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11-year-old Keith Shipley will do anything to cheer up his “misery guts” parents. Their family fish and chip shop is in financial trouble, his parents do nothing but argue, and there’s even talk of divorce. But Keith knows he can make them happy again.

But when painting the family car fluorescent colours does nothing to lift their sprits, Keith is out of ideas. That is until he discovers the value of the precious stone, opal. Thinking he can make it rich and solve all his family’s problems, Keith sets off on a solo adventure across Australia to the opal mines.

This heart-warming story based on Morris Gleitzman’s hugely popular novel, follows Keith as he tackles his problems head on, finding that sometimes happiness can be found where you least expect it.


Worry Warts was adapted by Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People and first performed at The Matt Dann Cultural Centre, Portland Head, 2003. It toured to 30 theatres around Australia playing to over 20,000 young people in its first season.

Published alongside Ivy Shambit and the Sound Machine by Dan Evans

ISBN 9781921390043

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