Wow! It has taken me a long time to read all the poems you sent using titles from my new book Groovy Fish.
So as you can imagine it was hard choosing. I do hope you get to read these and hunt for one that inspires you to write a poem.
None of the poems were like my poems in Groovy Fish and I loved that – if you find my book write me a letter and tell me what you think of it and I will post some on the blog (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I loved all the poems that came in from students at Rātā Street School so I am sending them a copy of Groovy Fish.
This is not a competition but I am giving away three of my original drawings. I put all the names in a hat and I sending Groovy Fish illustrations to Sam (Otari School), Tom (Hoon Hay School – Te Kura Koaka) and Mady (Rātā Street School).
Do try my August challenge I will post tomorrow.
I loved all the poems and I hope you don’t feel sad you didn’t get picked this time but glad you had such fun writing it. My philosophy when I write books that don’t get picked!!
Lollipops and Chickenpox
The chickens have chickenpox
and big boxes on their heads.
Dr Loudbutton gives the chickens lollipops,
pumpkinseed flavour, boring flavour,
spider flavour, dirt flavour.
The chickens swell up!
‘Those chickens are going crazy
for lollipops,’ says Dr Loudbutton.
Brroock! Brroock! Brroock!
Sam Rastall, 8, year 3, Otari School
I saw a watermelon going to the Moon on the road yesterday
Now, I see a tiny little resort
With a cool pool
On the Moon.
NASA says “a round green alien lives on the Moon”.
Ben E Age: 7 St. Andrew’s College
The Biscuit Thief
One day at a house Alyssa baked some
Biscuits! But a thief came he
Was as quiet as a mouse
Dancing past the window
He has two pockets
Ready to steal yummy biscuits!
So be careful.
Olivia Age 8, Y4 Fendalton Open Air School
The seven seagulls
7 hungry seagulls waiting at the beach,
7 hungry seagulls looking at a peach.
7 hungry seagulls need some yummy lunch,
7 hungry seagulls want to munch and crunch.
7 hungry seagulls flying to the food,
7 hungry seagulls are in a good mood.
7 hungry seagulls sitting at the beach,
7 hungry seagulls have eaten up the peach.
Alicia (7) & Rosie (7) – Yr 3 – Rātā Street School
The Biscuit Thief
when the moon shines
as bright as the sun,
one little racoon
lifts a kitchen window,
opens the pantry door,
knocks over the biscuit jar,
pushes it down to the floor,
sweeps away the glass,
picks up the vanilla biscuits,
balances them on his back,
and returns to his cubs.
Tom Age 10, Year 6 Hoon Hay School – Te Kura Koaka
I shine on the pier
At New Brighton Beach
Feeling the wind
Whipping my cheeks.
The busy streets of the UK
Beeping cars, Big Ben chiming,
But that wouldn’t be my perfect night
So the next night I go to
Papua New Guinea
I see rainforests and lots of things to do
I see humans alone with the animals disappeared
Although I’m just one moon,
Can’t I reach out and help them?
I have been to a million places.
What place is my favourite?
No one knows the answer.
Not even a fairy,
Or even a dancer…..?
Ameila, Selwyn House School
The Tree House
Soon I am moving to a new house
I’m going to live in a tree house
My tree house will be a serene lookout tower
Accessed by a cauldron pulley
High in the branches of a Kahikatea tree
Looking out over smooth grassy fields
Like American prairies
And a vast swampland
Like the Florida Everglades
My tree house will be made from nature
Living there will feel like being part of the tree
It will be a sanctuary for tired birds
Like a giant nest we can all share
It will be hiding place for cheeky boys
A place to refresh feelings
Like a day spa for ten year olds
Soon I am moving to a new house
I’m going to live in a tree house…
You can visit any time
Daniel L, age 10, Y6, Adventure School
Zip Zap Zang
Zip zap zang I flipped when I ran,
I twisted i wished when i was a sizzle pan.
I saw a dancing potato when I said malaaawaloooo.
I said zang wang when I hooked up a man.
I saw a strawberry eating a pizza,
but I saw a fridge licking a whiteboard pretending to be a duster!!!!
WHY IS THERE A TIGER SAYING ATOOOOOOOO AND TIGEROOOOO!!!
William Age: 8 yrs St Andrew’s College
Swimming With An Alien
I swim across the wide ocean
with my friend the alien,
I feel faint as I look in to his eyes
red like fire
The water fills my lungs with happiness
as we glide through the cheerful water
My body freezes with delight
And now its time
to take flight
Violetta, Age : 10, Y6, Fendalton School
Tea with Aunty Lee
Today I am having tea with Aunty Lee.
At Aunty Lee’s house I see a mouse.
I smile with glee.
It’s just me with Aunty Lee.
Aunty Lee says I must have cake with my tea.
At Aunty Lee’s I see a tree.
It has a bee looking at me.
Carolyn Age: 8 Year: 4 Fendalton School
The Glass Door
My heart melts as I see the emptiness within
A glass door with no beginning and no end
As I touch the substance it feels icy against my hand
The moon reflects against the surface
During the day there are two suns
If something heavy lands the door will shatter
Johanna Age 10, Year 6, Fendalton School
Yesterday I was out swimming and I saw something quite peculiar
There was a group of fish springing out of the water, and I didn’t
Know what they were doing so I swam over and asked what on earth
Are you doing, the leader of the group did this some sort of twirl over to me
And said, “what do you think we are doing we are dancing.” That fish had quite
Attitude. I said well it doesn’t look like dancing to me. So I’ll give you a quick
Lesson on how to dance. I taught them how to turn, leap and plié, it took quite a while for them to get it but when we did we started making up a dance. While they were practising I Raced back home and made some costumes, I made bright coloured sequens tops for the Fish. They loved the costumes. After the rehearsal had finished we went and found an audience. We had Mermaids and dolphins and turtles and even starfishes. I counted them in, 5,6,5,6,7,8. The audience were wordless they had never seen dancing fish before. The fish were blushing with pride.
Samantha Age 12 Y8 Selwyn House
Everyone loves bananas!!
I love bananas and Alex does too.
Bananas are awesome.
They are yellow and they are yummy.
Jonti (8) & Alex (8) Yr 3 – Rātā Street School
Zip zac zang
Zip zac zang went the tall power line.
Zip zac zang went the electrical car.
Zip zip zac zac zang zang went the tall power line and the electrical car.
Then someone said,zip zac zang.
Then the light went zip zac zang.
Then I said zip zac zang.
Zip zac zang said everyone.
What will come next?
Zip zac zang from everything.
Alex age 8, Y4, Fendalton School
In a dream.
Good night sleep
Time to wake up.
Kade (8) Yr 3 – Rātā Street School
The six rainbow rabbits
The six rainbow Rabbits have
Lots of bad habits.
They try to
Bounce on their squeaky rainbow beds
Until they fall off and hurt
Alyssa Age 8 Y4 Fendalton open-air school
The Highway Rat
The highway rat
wears a hat
that flips and flops in the breeze
His matted fur and tattered hide
is fully infested with fleas
Isaac age 9 Y4 Fendalton School
The Dog Climbed up the Curtain
The dog climbed up the curtain
The cat jumped on his head
They both fell howling backwards
And landed on the bed.
In the door walked owner Sam
With a frown upon her face
The curtains were ripped and torn apart
And all around the place.
Hamish & Jackson (7) Yr 3 – Rātā Street School
Very spooky wolf
In the night you howl loudly
Like a large grey dog
Mady (8) Rātā Street School
Kite flying high in the sky.
Yikes it’s too high.
Helicopter flying in the sky.
I’m scared of flying up in the sky.
Grass floats to the sky.
Tamaia (8) – Rātā Street School
Six Rainbow Rabbits
Up in the hills,
In the valley of sheep
Six rainbow rabbits,
Hidden away, fast asleep
On waking, they make rainbows of joy
Busy on the vast slopes that are far too steep
Saskia 7 years old St Andrew’s Preparatory