About the Author
Emily Gale lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her partner, two children, and two cats. Before that she was a freelance writer in London, publishing a fictional magazine column and several picture books including Doctor Pig and the Just Josie series.
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My Super-Spy Diary Monday Morning
My Lab, 7 a.m.
I’ve lost my guinea pig. I know what you’ll say:
Let me explain. It all has to do with my new invention.
Lately I’ve discovered that I can invent POTIONS as well as GADGETS.
My first potion was for my best friend, Amy.
She desperately needed my help.
Amy’s mom had washed her hair in mayonnaise after reading on the Internet that it kills lice.
So I decided to create Egg-Away Shampoo (Potion No. 1) for Amy.
I thought about what girls smell like . . .
. . . and used all those things in my potion.
(Sometimes I smell of dog hair too, but I decided not to put any in the potion!)
Finally, we were ready for testing.
Step 1: Saturate test material (wet Amy’s hair).
Step 2: Apply substance (rub in the shampoo).
Step 3: Flush excess substance (rinse it all off).
Step 4: Dehydrate test material (dry Amy’s hair).
Then I discovered that someone else had a smelly problem.
Alice, my stepmom, was complaining nonstop about Einstein’s stink. She’s got a nose for trouble. Probably because she’s a spy and strange smells are SUSPICIOUS.
Although Dad’s a brilliant inventor, he’s much too busy to make doggy shampoo. So it was up to me to save the day, and our noses.
Einstein and I got to work in my lab. First we needed thinking time. I put on some music to help us relax—I always have my best ideas when I’m relaxed.
THE MUSIC WORKED! I knew exactly what should go into the potion. Since Einstein is one of the family, he should smell like all of us!
Potion No. 2: Poochie-Pooh Solution Ingredients:
1. My toothpaste
2. Dad’s shaving cream
3. Plum’s diaper-rash cream (only smells nice in the tube, not on her bottom)
4. Alice’s face cream
It was time for testing. But first I had to ask Einstein a very important question.
Not a REAL guinea pig, of course! Guinea pig is the name you give to someone you’re testing an invention on.
I knew Poochie-Pooh was going to be fantastic . . . it felt lovely and fizzy on my head.
The trouble started when we got to “Step 3: Flush excess substance.” Einstein HATES lots of water.
So that’s how I lost my guinea pig. And now I REALLY NEED to find him.
Yours with fizz-tastic hair,
Junior Potions Master
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