Characters

  1. Schoolboy: The academic one who is trying to find out how everyone is suddenly changing
  2. Jerome Dadian: the protagonist’s classmate who suddenly becomes as smart as the protagonist.
  3. Mr. Peppi: The ice cream man.

Introduction

The short story ‘Smart Ice Cream’ by Paul Jennings has a wonderful twist in the tail which demonstrates the consequences of arrogant, selfish behavior. A ‘funny’ case of Karma. The story is about a kid who is smart but can’t withstand the fact that any other kid can be as smart as him.

Summary

The smartest kid

In smart ice cream, there is a boy that was very smart. He always gets 100/100 on a math test. He was the smartest kid in the school until one day another kid called Jerome Dadian got 100/100 on the maths test.

He was very angry. He decided to find out what was going on. He went to Mr. Peppi the ice cream man. He made this good ice cream that helped you when you were sick the teachers called it happy ice cream. But there was something strange about the ice cream. Take pimples Peterson for example, one day Peppi gave him a big tub of purple ice cream for free. The next day all of his pimples were gone.

The magic ice-cream

And another strange thing happened as well, there is a kid at his school that has a very long nose. Everyone called him Snozzle. Peppi gave him some green ice cream every day and his nose got smaller. The smart boy didn’t want anyone to be smarter than him so he went to Peppi’s ice-cream truck at night when everyone was asleep.

He saw so many ice cream flavours in there but the ones that caught his eye were Happy ice cream, Nose ice cream, Pimple ice cream, and Smart ice cream. He decided to eat a bit of the smart ice cream but when he ate some of it, he couldn’t stop and he ate the whole tup. The next day he couldn’t say anything. He talked like a baby and he wasn’t smart at all.     

Conclusion

The story highlights that life is about change and as human beings we’re always changing, growing, transforming, and transitioning our lives. Our whole life is made up of change. It is relative to time and a natural component of our everyday life.