Agile hiding in the bush
Charlie on the deck watching me garden
Last night at about 2 am our cat Agile started howling in the hallway so our other cat Charlie joined in. I don’t know know what they wanted but they wouldn’t stop. They hailed and wailed until about 4.30 am and I just couldn’t get to sleep. Now those two ragamuffin cats are fast asleep. Charlie is on his bubble wrap under the kitchen table (listen to the poem!) and Agile is asleep on a chair.
Not me! I can’t go to sleep now. I decided the ragamuffin cats were cold and hated the stormy night because when I turned the heater on they were happy.
The other night an army of mozzies kept me awake from about 2 until 5! Buzzing around my face and dive bombing me.
One night it was the RAIN thumping on the roof that woke me up.
This has been my week of not very much sleep at all. I am imagining there is a big bucket on the deck full of sleep. You can reach in and pull out a sleep cloak and hey presto you have a good night’s sleep before you can say SLEEPADOODLEDO!
So I am going to read you a few of my CAT poems because I LOVE writing cat poems. They are out of my book The Letterbox Cat (I have a copy to give at least one child who tries a challenge below).
Paula reads ‘Cat Naps’, ‘The Letterbox Cat’ and ‘Night Cat’
Paula reads ‘The Greedy Cat’
Two activities for you
write a poem about your pet cat
write a poem about your pet cat doing something they have never done before
write a poem about an imaginary pet cat
write a poem about cat for someone who has never seen a cat
write a poem about a pet cat and their best friend
write a poem about a pet cat who gets lots (our one did!)
or any cat poem you like!
draw or paint your cat or do a comic strip
Things that wake you in the night
write a poem about something that wakes in the night
write a poem about something invented that wakes you in the night
write a poem about the stormiest night ever
write a poem about a cat that wakes you in the night
h a v e f u n !!!!
send to firstname.lastname@example.org
please include your name age and name of school
don’t forget to put NAME OF challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it
don’t put your surname on drawings or paintings or collages (Poetry Box policy)
There is no deadline while we are living in our bubbles! Every Friday I will post some work by children.
I will always answer your emails but not straightaway. If I haven’t replied after 3 or 4 days nudge me as I may have missed it.
I will have at least one book to give away each Friday.
You can also try these Poetry Box activities. Click on links below:
Listen to Elena de Roo’s BIRD poems and try my Bird challenge
Tell about a book you have loved in bubble time.
Richard Langston reads his red poem with colour activities
Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan’s magnificent videos and The Bomb activities
write or draw something for your favourite library or bookshop
Listen to Ashley (8) read: try my dinosaur, pets and swip swap challenges
Have fun with SOUNDS, muck around with WORDS
Listen to Amelia (8) read 3 poems from The Treasury and try my activities
Listen to Philippa Werry read her poem and try her simile challenge
Make a memory album or page
Try my lost-wonder challenges and listen Sarah Ell’s new book Lost Wonders!
Loads of MAKING ideas inside and outside
Do something rainy or snowy! Watch me read my rain and cold poems from The Letterbox Cat
Listen to Melinda Szymanik read her alien mother story and try your own
Send me pictures, photos or poems of curious things you see on your walks
Listen to Maisie and I read fish poems and invite you to do fishy things
Listen to my unpublished very very very strange tail story and do some illustrations for it or invent your own strange tail!
Try writing a postcard poem from where you’d like to be!
Mixed up animals and hear Paula read ‘Anifables’ poem
Sally Sutton’s magic hat challenge
Celebrate your hero and listen to Barbara Else read
Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library
Try my Pass the Poem challenge with friends and family by phone or email
Write draw video comic strip letters poems stories about being in your bubble
My cloudy challenges and hear my cloud poem
My thank our supermarket workers challenge
Listen to me read Aunt Concertina and offer a cool challenge
Listen to me read my poem ‘Lick Lick Riff’ dog poem and offer a doggy cat tiger bat any animal challenge
Check out David Hill’s wonderful photo challenge
Listen to Swapna Haddow read her book and try a rabbit challenge
Try Johanna Aitchison’s hunt the teddy challenges
Ruth Paul reads her muddy poem and I offer muddy challenges