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Cat for Day 28 #drawlloween2015

Okay folks, after a stormy night here and a fresh subject (the cat) I have mustered up an entry for the lovely Susanna’s Halloweensie contest.

Here goes nothing:

Flag & Flustered

On a blustery night
When a storm whipped through
Some cats flew in
As the wind blew and blew.

A flustered old witch
Called out for her Fluffy
But back called Sam
And his friends Fred and Stuffy.

Well the wild wind had stirred
Their hair up nice and good
The witch did not recognise
Her cat as she should.

‘Oh why do you not come?’
A forlorn witch wailed.
And Fluffy screeched ‘Up here!’
From the flagpole she sailed.

Oops I forgot there were assigned words. Always breaking rules oh well it’s for entertainment only 😜

Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest: Windy Pole

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It’s party time at Susanna’s blog with… 

The 4th Annual Holiday Contest!!!! Here are the rules. There’s still time to enter!

Write a 350-word children’s story (kids under age 12) in which wild weather impacts the holidays! Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate. But your story is not to exceed 350 words. Whatever you choose, make the readers feel the impact on the holidays! Your entry should be posted on your blog between Monday December 8 and Friday December 12 at 11:59 PM EST.

Windy Pole

On Christmas Eve when elves had packed and stacked the presents on the shelves,
The speakers shuddered into action with a message for the elves.

‘It’s extra super windy out.” It even blew his beard.
“The wind might blow the sleigh off course, it’s much worse than we feared.”

The elves prepared with masking tape, some ropes, a harness too.
Santa shook his head though when they turned up with some glue.

One elf taped around the presents nearly twenty seven times.
The bell upon his dizzy head rang fifteen different chimes.

The reindeer stuck their chests out into the night,
But right behind them wobbling was a shaky sorry sight.

While elves hung on to antlers; waving feet up to the sky.
The sled began to Samba while old Santa ate cream pie.

For this he was most grateful; now his gerth sat full and round.
He kept his sleigh real steady, shame it would not leave the ground.


I think it is all in iambic heptameter. It was a good challenge because I had to take some stresses out of the first two lines to make it match the rest of the poem.

Check out all the entries here. There’s some really imaginative ones up in space and stuff.

Have a great day!


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The Curious Demise of a Contrary Cat

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Just pretend it’s Halloween still 😉 The Curious Demise of a Contrary Cat is too good no to share! Written by Lynne Berry and illustrated by Luke LaMarca.




Witch is making a spell and keeps expecting cat to fetch all the ingredients. Cat has no interest in fetching anything so witch hatches a clever plan to get her own back.

Activities: Get kids to role play the story and take turns being the cat and the witch. Which do they prefer and why?

I loved this book it was so much fun and had lots of repetition which always makes for a great picture book. The limited colour scheme was quite funky too.

Check out this cat’s laugh it’s hilarious!

There are more perfect picture books at Susanna Hill’s amazing library of picture books.

Have a great weekend!



Susanna’s Halloweensie contest

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There was a fair maiden Susanna

Who promised us riches and gold

A contest of wit and of cuteness

The fun never ever gets old.

Thank you Susanna you’re awesome

I’m really just messing about.

The entries are really amazing

Susanna deserves a shout out.

See here for the rules. Here’s mine:


There was a young cat who was on the prowl. A mission from the witch that made the cat scowl. All the witch wanted was her broomstick home. But a miscommunication led the cat to just roam. The broomstick awoke when he heard the Cat’s din.

“The witch told me to go and find creek and jump in.”

“Is that you Squeak? It’s me Creak! I am the creek that you seek.”

“Oh pumpkins! She loves me after all.”

And they flew straight off to the witches’ ball.


See I told you it was rubbish. Now do head over and read the others. They are marvelous!

p.s. Zompoemz is FREE until Halloween night:)


The Wee Hours PPBF

Happy Friday! I made a video for PPBF what a neat idea to get great books seen on YouTube too. I hope it’s okay with Susanna.

Poetry Friday is over at Carol’s Corner today http:// http://carolwscorner.blogspot.ca/2014/06/poetry-friday-roundup.html?m=1

Susanna’s Perfect Picture Book library http://susannaleonardhill.blogspot.com

Have a great weekend!


Harold finds a voice

Happy Friday everyone! Before I introduce a very colorful parrot, I hope you have some time to vote for the Round One match ups in the wonderful March Madness poetry tournament Ed DeCaria is organising. Poems are going up all the time. I’ll let you know when Round 2 goes up.


Harold finds a voice written and illustrated by Courtney Dicmas, published by Child’s Play (International) Ltd, January, 2013.

This book was shortlisted for Waterstones best Picture Book 2014. Waterstones is a huge book retailer in England, though I think they are currently struggling which is sad.

Suitable for: All ages

Themes/Topics: Being clever, friendship, home, happiness.

Deep in the heart of Paris,
in apartment 4B, there lived
a very clever parrot.

Harold has a special talent. He can mimic any sound from his apartment, so he ventures out to mimic more sounds. Then he starts to wonder what his own sound is.

Get kids to try and mimic sounds they hear and go to different places to find new sounds.

I adore the illustrations in this and have been dying to share it with you. It is utterly irresistable!

Find more perfect picture books in Susanna’s wonderful library.


Kim and the Beansprout

Susanna is hosting another fab writing contest. This time it is a fractured fairytale and can be about a season.

Here’s mine:

Kim and the Beansprout

Kim and his family had their usual dinner of plain rice.

The neighbour came around with a plate of bean sprouts, some of which fell off the plate as she hurried over with her offering.

Kim went to bed early, sad for his dad because he had lost his job.

The next morning was Carnival day. Kim’s family were not in Carnival mood but they went outside to watch anyway.

During the busy day a strange thing happened. Kim noticed a giant beanstalk growing up to the sky.

Kim scrambled up to see if riches awaited him. Instead a giant komodo dragon breathed fire at him.

Kim dropped down the beanstalk. “Dad! There’s a Komodo dragon!”

His dad had a great idea! They could they lure the dragon down the bean sprout?

Kim smelled a nearby trader’s food. “Delicious!”
“I can lure the dragon with tasty food,” he told his dad. So Kim borrowed a tray of dumplings and took it half way up the bean sprout.

The dragon sniffed and looked, but he didn’t like dumplings.

So Kim slid the tray of dumplings back onto the vendor’s stall.

Just then, the Chinese Dragon danced by. Kim grabbed his dad’s arm and soon they were underneath the dragon heading towards the bean sprout.

Kim’s plan worked, the komodo dragon was quite smitten with the Chinese Dragon and especially enjoyed her dancing. He scrambled down the bean sprout and Kim and his dad leapt out and wrapped the Chinese dragon around the komodo dragon, capturing it.

“Dad, the dragon can protect our bean sprout and in return we get bean sprouts for life and a magical experience for passing tourists. We can charge people to climb the bean sprout and ride on the dragon.”

Dad had already been looking at dragon meat recipes. His lips were already salivating.
“Please dad, I think I’m a vegetarian.”

They became very famous with their bean sprout and dragon until Mama dragon popped her head through the clouds.

See here for all the prize details and to read all the entries. Sorry to clutter your inbox but I’m back tomorrow with a parrot for PPBF. Have a great day!


Pip and Posy

After a super March Break I’m ready for Perfect Picture Book Friday and I have a cute snowy one today. Hopefully it’s the last snowy one this winter. Axel Scheffler of Gruffalo fame has written two very cute characters and there are lots of books out there about their antics. I had no idea.
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Pip and Posy The Snowy Day written and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, published by Nosy Crow, Ltd on 4th October, 2012.

Suitable for: 2+

Themes/Topics: co-operation, falling out, making up, resolving differences.

It was a very snowy day.
Pip and Posy wanted to go out and play.

Synopsis: Pip and Posy go outside to build a snowman and can’t agree on anything. They both get cross but in the end find a solution.

Activities: Try doing a project with someone else and count the differences of opinion. Brainstorm happy endings. Projects could be making a papier machee, a rocket anything.

I love how cute these characters are. Axel’s classic style is unmistakably his.

Susanna has a full picture book library at her place.

See you on Monday for the announcing of the winner of The Everglades book. Have a great weekend.


Farley Found It!

It’s raining here so there might be a few animals doing what Farley is doing in this fun picture book. Sandy doesn’t even go in her shed, the little monkey.


Farley Found It! written and illustrated by Bruce Van Patter.

Suitable for: everyone!
Themes/Topics: sharing, acceptance, tolerance, friendship, humor.

Farley loved his meadow when the dandelions glowed in the sunshine.

Farley the sheep hates sleeping outdoors and pinches Edna’s house. Edna keeps hiding it but guess what?

Too funny indeed and the lush colours in this are wicked! I love the lime and the green. This is a classic must-read pb.

Make a dog house out of a box and watch your sister pinch it then hide it again and so on 😉

See more awesome picture books at Susanna’s library of picture books. Have a great weekend!


How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?


How cute is that doggie in the window? What a fun idea of our writing buddy Iza to rewrite this classic song and add her wonderful illustrations to boot. My kids love dog books right now, that’s why I chose this one.

How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? retold and illustrated by Iza Trapani.

Suitable for: 2-5 yrs

Themes/Topics: yearning, sad, surprises.

How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggely tail.
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie’s for sale.

The little boy spends all his money helping others and has none left for his heart’s desire, the doggie. There is a lovely ending to this cute story.

Make your own dog with buttons, like this one on Pinterest.
These doggie balloons look easy to make.
These poodle cupcakes are so funny!

The illustrations are adorable! The expressions on some of the animals are hilarious. Great characterisation, Iza!

Check out more Perfect Picture Books in Susanna’s awesome library.

Have a great weekend!