Saturday, 4th April 2020

Parent stuck in trance after reading The Gruffalo 300 times

A FATHER who has read The Gruffalo every night for almost a year is now trapped in a trance with a thousand-yard stare.

As Tom Logan began his regular nighttime reading routine, son Jack became alarmed by his father’s glazed expression and complete mental unravelling.

Logan’s wife Sarah said: “By the time I got to Tom he was mumbling ‘scrambled snake’ over and over, almost as if the book had actually scrambled his brain.

“Jack won’t sleep without hearing the book but I had to stop reading it to him because I was getting stress eczema from repetitive reading strain.

“I called 999 but they’re busy with coronavirus. I’m really hoping Tom comes out of the trance safely because it’s my turn for a lie-in tomorrow.”  

“We were supposed to go to Chessington World of Adventures for the Gruffalo River Ride, but I guess that’s off now he’s trapped inside his own mind. Although, thank Christ, in a way.”

Son Jack said: “We tried audio books but it’s not the same. You don’t get that tortured expression you get from a real parent.”