here are my two favourite moon poems


I did a post about the moon in poems and challenged you to write some. Here are my two favourites. Ewen‘s is in the shape of a moon which is very cool and Venetia‘s has lots of juicy rhyme. Both made a picture of a moon balloon in my head. Great job!

I have a copy of Love that Dog by Sharon Creech for Ewen. It is a wonderful novel in verse all about writing poetry and a dog!

If you haven’t read this book yet you should. I might see if I can find another copy to give away one day.



Bright eye looking down

against the dark sky.

Whether new


or full,


it brightly,

casts its eye ,

down at us humans.

Ewen aged 12,  Year 7, Cobham Intermediate School, Christchurch


Fly to The Moon

Up in the sky,

How high can you fly?

To reach the moon,

On a blue balloon.

When you get there one day,

Would you shout hurray?

If it was me,

Up in the debris,

I’d quick do a pee,

So no one would see,

After that I’d sit down,

Put my face on the ground,

Start devouring cheddar,

Probably getting much redder,

Oxygen getting low,

Guess I’d have to go,

So I’d jump off in flight,

With all of my might,

When people see me floating down,

All tangled up and spinning round,

I’d say hey! I’ve been gone for days

But its only just the end of May!


Venetia 11 years old, Year 6 Gladstone Primary School Auckland.

My favourite imagine-a-city poems


These imagine-a-city poems are full of great imaginative leaps and juicy juicy words.

All these cities are really really different! Thanks to all who sent poems in. Here are some of my favourites.

Thanks to Scholastic I am sending Daniel a copy of the book: Imagine a City by Elise Hurst. It is beautiful. I love the way his poem falls on the page differently. It is a perfect match for the book.


Imagine a City

Imagine a city

where we cannot


no language,

no speech,

we live alone.

We live in silence,

without a word,

but we use the smile

to explain.

Ewen aged 12, Room 20, Year 7, Cobham Intermediate School, Christchurch


Lucky Hills

Slushy mud tumbles into the creeks of the farms

Toddlers in gumboots squelch in pools of water

Boys help out with the animals’ appetizing hay

Girls gallop down to the shops with moist fruit

With their horses hooves leaving hoof prints in the gentle grass

Mothers ironing the clothes covered in putrid mud

Fathers working in the ruby barn with all the little ones

Ducks waddling free on the road-less landscapes

The families all work hard in Lucky Hills

But live in the best imaginary land

By Hannah Age:  Age 9, Year: 5 Gladstone Primary


Imagine A City

Imagine a City

Where every day is bright and sunny

And everyone thinks of each other

Where people smile and say hello

To anyone in sight

Despite their differences

Where everyone sees they are all the same

Imagine a city called


By Gemma  Age 8 Year 4, Adventure School,  Porirua



In a town full of blood red sand,

Lives creatures that travelled across the land.

All covered in red,

They weren’t quite what you’d expect.

With arms the size of big tree branches,

And eating people for their lunches.

Humans trembled while the monsters approached,

Because they were the ferocious Martians.

Hellen  Gladstone School Y5 age 9


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by Daniel Year 1 aged 5 Adventure School Porirua

Writing poetry-book reviews for Poetry Box –an invitation for children

A Christchurch student has asked me if he could write a review of my new book, The Letterbox Cat and Other Poems to post on my blog. I was very delighted he would want to do this!

I said yes because I loved the idea of posting reviews by children. I am happy to post a few more of my new book on the condition you are honest and say what you love along with what you don’t love about the book. I won’t be offended.

But thanks to Jack, I have had the great idea of posting children’s reviews of poetry books on the blog (up to Y8).


1. You write the review.

2. Make sure you include the author’s name, the title of the book and the publisher (for example Scholastic or Random House).

3. You can also write a short bio of yourself.

4. I can post your photo if I get parental permission.

5. I get the book cover image and the author photo and hey presto it’s ready to post.

6. Send to

7. Include your name, age, year and name of school.


I am going to start a review page you can click on the at the top of my blog where you can get tips on reviewing and this info.

You still have time to write poems to read with me on my Hot Spot Poetry Tour

I am doing events in Gisborne, New Plymouth, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown/Arrowtown, Tauranga and Auckland.

If you live near one of these places have a go at writing a poem about where you live — it might be about the place itself, your favourite place to go, a person, what you like to do, something you have seen. It is as though you are sharing something about where you live with the rest of the country in the form of a poem.

It is like you are taking a photo or a video clip with words.


I am picking children to read with me everywhere I go!


DEADLINE for your My Place Challenge: August 28th

Send to Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email. PLEASE say it’s for the My Place challenge.

Tell me the city or town you live in so I know for my tour.

My favourite l OO k poems

Here are some of my favourite poems that play with how a poem looks on the page. I like the way words do tricky things in the poems.

 I like what the words are doing on the screen! I like the way Georgia‘s ‘play’ is playful! I like the way Tarn‘s ‘motorbike’ and ‘down’ stretches out, Ruby-Rhain‘s ‘down’ stretches down and Fern‘s ‘wobbly’ wobbles. I like the way Phoebe has really zipped and zimmed her words in her poem.

I have a notebook for Phoebe to write poems in and thanks to Scholastic the special collection of The Little Yellow Digger Books for Tarn. For Fern I have James Norcliffe’s The Enchanted Flute which follows on from his fabulous book The Loblolly Boy.

Thanks for all the poems you sent in. Do keep trying my challenges and you may get your poem posted!

The Awesome Zoom
I am zooming d o w n the hill

Faster than a m o t o r b i k e

by Tarn (age 5) Ormond School

Wood Drums at School

My friends and I made a B I G band t-o-g-e-t-h-e-r

we used inch thin branches

against thick tree stumps

Finn finished the c n e t o c r

by whacking his “drum sticks”

against the old




by Fern (age 9) Ormond School

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S  P  A  C  E  S

L oooo ng      mis  ing      let te r s

left                     w ith ou t     a     re pla c em ent

Th e    w orld    o f

l o n e l i n e s s

be in g                           f a r

a    p    a   r    t

som et hi ng’s    n ot   rig ht

t he   re d   j ag ged


u n de r

t he    wo r ds   sa y

“ Help!”

yo u    h it    th e

kcab – s p a c e    bu tt on

a nd…


I’m Phoebe. I am in Year 7, I am 12 years old, and I go to St Mary’s College.

What are your favourite words to use in poems?

This morning when I ran on the beach the wind whipped the foam into fake snow.

It often does that when it’s snowing down south. The sun was shining and the black sand was glinting, so it was a spectacular sight.

Yesterday some poets were sharing the words they often used in their poems. It made me think about words that sneak into mine.


(bits of sky)





All outside words. When I write children’s poems these words still sneak in but I use made up words more often.

It made me want to try writing poems with words I HARDLY ever use.

Time to get my battered old, beloved dictionary and go hunt for words I have never used in a poem — and then write a poem with them!


Two challenges for you:

Hmm! Write me a letter you don’t mind me posting and tell me your favourite words to use in a poem.

Or get a dictionary and find 5 words you have never used in a poem and then put them all in a poem!


DEADLINE for your New-Word-Poem Challenge: Tuesday August 19th

Send to Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email. PLEASE say it’s for the New-Word-Poem challenge.

I will post my favourites and have a book prize for some poets.