Category Archives: NZ Author

Poetry Box review: Melinda Szymanik’s The Time Machine & other stories’

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Melinda Syzmanik The Time Machine & other stories Ahoy, The Cuba Press 2019

 

 

I remember reading short stories as a child and loving them – stories with various characters and settings and situations. Fables. Myths. Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree. And in the past few years I have ADORED Joy Cowley’s Snake and Lizard (Although that has the same characters).

Melinda Syzmanik is a versatile writing whizz (The Were-Nana, The Song of Kauri, A Winter’s Day in 1939) who recently published a terrific collection of short stories (18 stories and a novella). Not surprisingly it has been shortlisted for the NZ Children’s Book Awards this year.

The writing flows like honey. The characters are catchy. The situations surprising. Sometimes there is sense of fable  – not that these have animals as protagonists or they are at all surreal. No these stories are bitingly real. And that’s what I love – understated lessons on what it is to be human. Instead of dogmatic messages there are questions. The questions are like the hot bright core of story and the stories unfold about them in kaleidoscopic directions.

 

Here are a few favourites:

What does a cool teacher do when you just can’t sit still in class?

What do you do when you don’t have a horse but desperately want one?

What happens when you think you are hopeless at maths and your grandmother turns in the middle of the night with a recipe for soup?

What happens if you think museums are boring (maybe even the world is boring!)?

What happens when a farming family is ordered to leave their farm during WWII?

What hope is there when you are picked on as a child?

How can you find strength in being different?

 

So many of these questions have affected us. We can’t always fit into the rules and regulations. Surely we all suffer from self doubt at times. At not being good enough. Some of us have been bullied. Some of us have found life boring.

I love the way such important questions hide in the stories and Melinda comes up with surprising and wise responses. There will be crocodile teeth! A speeding go-kart. A time machine. A pirate’s eye patch. There is braveness and daring.

Good short story collections are like a chocolate box for me – a sweet array of different tastes that pop on your tongue – eat one and you carry the flavour all day. And then you try a different flavour. Melinda’s stories can be sweet, sharp, crunchy or smooth. They can be sad, fascinating, zinging with facts, spinning feelings and discoveries. They shine a thousand lights on what it means to be human. There are hurdles and there are joyful discoveries.

This is a chocolate treat of a book – that deserves to be an award finalist.

So a big celebratory bouquet to New Zealand’s writing whizz and her first short story collection.

 

The Cuba Press author page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Box popUP challenge: 2 Kiwi and Ruru poems

 

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The Midnight Adventures of Ruru and Kiwi  Clare Scott, illustrated by Amy Haarhooff (Penguin Random House)

 

I loved this book so much I invited you to write a poem using the title – you had 48 hours.

These two little gems arrived. I am sending a copy of the book to Denzel thanks to Penguin Random House.

I am posting my June challenge tomorrow.

 

 

The Midnight Adventures of Ruru and Kiwi

The Midnight Adventures of Ruru and Kiwi
Take place under the old Totara tree
Ruru and Kiwi gaze at the sky so black
As they enjoy a tasty snack
Kiwi says I love being a night time bird
But daytime birds think it’s a bit absurd
Together they dance in the moonlight
That shines with the stars so bright

By Denzel  Age 8 Sandspit Road School

 

 

 

Ruru and Kiwi

 

Ruru and kiwi

Went out in the dark

On a beautiful, starry night

They took homemade wings

And a few other things

‘Coz kiwi wanted to take flight

 

Ruru and kiwi

Climbed a great hill

Up to the highest peak

Ruru jumped and flew fast

But in the end kiwi passed

He’d put holes in the wings with his beak!

 

Ruru and kiwi

Laughed themselves silly

For thinking they should be the same

Kiwi had his own skills

And Ruru feared thrills

So they shook wings, then went home again

 

Daniel L (Age 11, year 7, Hadlow School)

 

 

Penguin Random House page

 

 

 

 

Poetry Box review: The Midnight Adventures of Ruru and Kiwi by Clare Scott and Amy Haarhoff plus 48 hour pop-up challenge and book giveaway

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The Midnight Adventures of Ruru and Kiwi by Clare Scott, illustrated by Amy Haarhoff, Penguin Random House (Puffin)

 

Amy Haarhoff was the winner of Storyline’s Gavin Bishop Award for illustration. Amy and author Clare Scott are a match made in heaven because the illustrations and the writing sing together so exquisitely.

You have to peer deep into the midnight blue to see the ruru and kiwi. Their big eyes are glinting, the stars, moon and leaves on the trees luminous. Amy’s illustrations give me goosebumps – they are full of life and wonder and heavenly craft.

 

Clare’s sentences are equally mesmerising:

The ruru and kiwi went into the bush, wrapped snug in night’s velvety black. They took some runny mānuka honey tied up in a flax-woven sack.

Clare writes with the ear of a poet – a musician – so the words flow like honey on the page. Delicious! Sometimes it is the choice of a single word that brings a sentence and indeed the scene alive:

 

Stars prickled high in the sky

the bush was shadowed and still.

 

Prickled and shadowed are genius word choices – they sound good, they are a little bit surprising, and they strengthen the night setting. Sublime writing!

 

This is a book of friendship and sharing. If you have more than enough honey for two birds, it is clearly time to throw a party in the midnight blue. As a party of night creatures arrive (kauri snails, kiwi, pūriri moths, gecko, centipedes, frogs to name a few), Clare’s sentences turn to song with little lines repeating. The book is itching to be read aloud it sounds so good. Best of all the story makes you feel good – like you have just had a wonderful outing.

Book bonus: At the back of the book, you get to meet the night creatures up close and discover fascinating facts about them. This book is such a treasure – beautifully written, beautifully illustrated and lovingly published. It deserves a spot on your shelves, no matter how old you are. I see this becoming an Aotearoa classic. Ah, I just adore it to bits.

 

And side by side, with no need to hide

they danced by the light of the moon,

the moon,

the moon.

They danced by the light of the moon.

 

 

You can discover more about Amy and Clare here: Penguin Random House page

 

48 hour pop up challenge: Write a poem using the book title. You choose where your poem goes! Send to me by noon on Friday May 29th and thanks to Penguin Random House I will give a copy to one young poet.

 

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put RURU KIWI challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it

don’t put your surname on drawings or paintings or collages (Poetry Box policy)

 

kia kaha

keep well

keep imagining

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Box review: Kiwi Baby by Helen Taylor

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Kiwi Baby Helen Taylor, Penguin Random House 2020

Pīpī Kiwi Helen Taylor, Penguin Random House 2020

 

 

Kiwi Baby is a treasure of a book. Kiwi Iti wakes up to discover an egg next to him, so he goes hunting for his dad, Kiwi Nui. He has a load of questions building up. His dad is very very very patient and answers everything with a dash of wisdom and a sprinkle of love.

The beautiful illustrations are as simple as the writing is economical. With Helen’s deft hand, the kiwi and his dad become exquisitely alive on the page. Adorable!

The book is about kiwi but it is also about asking questions and about giving answers – about being a dad and about being an offspring.

The kiwi dad finishes his answer with: ‘these things take time’.

That feels like something I say every morning when I wake up at the moment. Patience is a good thing.

 

‘When Baby wakes up, will she play with me?’

‘Not yet,’ Kiwi iti.’

‘I know,’ screeched Kiwi Iti,’ these things take time!’

 

Some story books fill you with a warm glow and this book is one of them. I won’t spoil the ending and the magic of reading your way through (I hate reviews that do that!) because I want you to find your own copy of the book and fill with a warm glow too! Happy reading!

Oh, and wonderfully, you can also get a version in te reo: Pīpī Kiwi.

 

Helen Taylor is an award-winning children’s illustrator and artist living ‘in an old yellow house on a red-boned hill in the portside town of Lyttelton’. Her books include A Booming in the Night (with writer Ben Brown) and Kakapo Dance.

 

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Poetry Box bubble time: Sacha Cotter reads from The Bomb, makes a splash, and sings a cool song with Josh Morgan

Sacha Cotter is a very cool writer – she writes with the ear of a poet and she creates stories that zing with life, imagination and heart. With her partner, fabulous illustrator and musician, Josh Morgan, Sacha makes children’s books that really touch me.  I adore The Bomb!

In fact I want to give a copy of The BOMB to someone who tries one of my challenges! I am going to order a copy online now bookshops are open. See below where to email your things.

 

1   The BOMB

Sacha reads a taster from The Bomb, illustrated by Josh Morgan (Huia Press). There is also a te reo version of the book.

 

 

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You can go to the Good Night Kiwi series at TVNZ on Demand and hear What Now’s Evander Brown read the whole book. I love this story so much. A young boy desperately wants to do the perfect bomb into the water but he just can’t! Everyone bombards him with advice. I don’t want to spoil the story but his Nan (who knows a lot about perfect bombs) is very wise!

 

This is a story abut following your heart and doing things your way.

This means a lot to me because it is how I feel as a writer. I have learnt to write books my way and to follow my heart when I write.

 

Some Poetry Box Challenges

Write a poem, draw a picture or comic strip about something tricky you have tried to do.

Write a poem or do a drawing about and for someone who has helped you (your nan, your mum or dad, sister or brother, teacher, kuia, friend). Show me the person in your poem. What do they like? What have they said or done that has stuck with you? Send it to them!

Sacha is really good at finding words that pop on the line.  The action of her story comes to life with the verbs she picks! Try writing a poem about something you love to do. Go hunting for sizzling VERBS you can put in your poem and your drawing.

 

2   The BIG Splash

Sacha and Josh have fun making splashes in their backyard. Wow this looks so cool. They give lots of tips. This looks like such a NOT BORING thing to do in your bubble.

 

Poetry Box splash challenges:

Collect different size containers and fill them with water.

Collect different size things to drop in.

DROP IN!

Record the splashes on a video or in a comic strip or drawing.

Did you DISCOVER anything?

Can you write a SPLASH poem? Hunt for SPLASH words before you start.

Poems are good places to get SCIENTIFIC!

 

3 Listen to Sacha and Josh’s Tiny Kitchen Concert

 

 

I love listening to this song so much. It fills me with warmth and a good feeling that just keeps growing. I can see Sacha and Josh follow their hearts and do things their way.

Check out the way their baby’s legs jiggle in time to the music.

Maybe you can invent a dance to go with the song!

Have you ever made up a song? Would you want to give it a go? It could be really short! You could send me an audio or a video! Do it your way!

 

h a v e     f u n

follow your heart

do it your way

 

Author Sacha Cotter is an award-winning children’s writer based in Wellington. She is the author of Keys/Ngā Kī, The Marble Maker/Te Kaihanga Māpere and the 2019 Margaret Mahy Children’s Book of the Year, The Bomb / Te Pohū – all published by HUIA and illustrated by her partner in both books and life, Josh Morgan.

Sacha’s website
Manawatū born and raised, Josh Morgan (Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Rongowhakaata) is a freelance illustrator and musician living in Wellington, New Zealand with his partner, the author Sacha Cotter, and their wee family. Together they form the amazing storytelling / song writing / award-winning-picture-book-making team Cotter & Morgan.

 

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

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.

 

You can also try these Poetry Box 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

 

kia kaha

keep well

keep imagining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Box bubble time: Philippa Werry reads her poem ‘Palm Tree’ and sets you a challenge

 

 

 

 

This is a poem that I sometimes take into schools. It’s a simile poem I guess, where you compare one thing to another thing, or lots of other things. I did a series of visits to a school in Featherston where they had some big trees in their school grounds, and I took the students outside so they could choose a tree and think up their own comparisons.

My challenge:

Try writing a poem like this, based on an object that you can find in your house – or maybe in your garden or garage, but somewhere within the “bubble” where you are living.

See how many other things you can compare it to!

I’ve given you some suggestions on the video, but I’m sure you will have plenty of great ideas of your own. Good luck!

Philippa

 

 

Philippa Werry writes for children and young people. She writes fiction, nonfiction, stories, poems and plays, magazines and newspaper articles. Her website here.

 

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put SIMILE 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.

 

You can also try these Poetry Box activities:

 

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

 

 

 

 

kia kaha

keep well

keep imagining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Box bubble time: making a memory album or memory page

 

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This is me with my soft toy and a butterfly bow in my hair. I can’t remember the soft toy. Is it a rabbit? What is it called? I will have to write a wee poem about it!

 

 

Sometimes I write poems that are based on a memory. I remember something from the past and I switch it into a poem.

Sometime I use objects / things to JUMP START a memory.

I was thinking it would be very cool to make an album of memories of when we were younger. Or even just a page.

 

 

A Memory Album

 

1. write down as many objects and things as you can in 3 minutes. They can be as big as the sky or as small as a pin. They can be alive (like a cat or a dog, inside the house (like a chair or a sock or a teddy or a book) or outside the house (like a tree or a river or sand or a ball).

2. look at all the words and see which one JUMP STARTS a memory.

3. switch your memory into a poem, a little story, a drawing, a painting, a collage, a comic, an audio, a video

4 see how many memories you can jump start and gather into an album

5 send me photos or scans of the pages or the poems or audios or videos

6 I will have at least one book to give away

 

 

Another Memory Album

 

1 jot down some of your favourite memories of when you were younger

2 they might be funny happy strange mysterious beautiful! Anything!

3 choose one to start on for your album or memory page and switch it into a poem, a little story, a drawing, a painting, a collage, a comic, an audio, a video

4 see how many memories you can jump start and gather into an album

5 send me photos or scans of the pages or the poems or audios or videos

6 I will have at least one book to give away

 

 

Here is where you send things

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put MEMORY challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it or name of challenge

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 pop-up mystery giveaways every Friday when I post your work. See the list below!).

 

 

Here is what you can choose from so far:

 

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

Play Pass the Poem with at least one other person

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

 

 

 

Poetry Box Lounge: Launching Sarah Ell’s Lost Wonders, a wee challenge and a giveaway book

 

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Photo credit: Will Calver of Ocean Photography

 

Lost Wonders, Sarah Ell, illustrated by Phoebe Smith, Allen & Unwin, 2020

 

h a p p y     l a u n c h    d a y   S a r a h !

 

Welcome to this fabulous children’s book launch. How fabulous it can happen in all our bubbles! I invite you to settle down with a warm drink (hot chocolate for me!) and listen to Sarah and her children celebrate mum’s new book.

If you like discovering things, if you like collecting facts, if you like dinosaurs and moa and the lost wonders of Aotearoa – then this is the book for you. I am completely FASCINATED by the book; I keep DELVING into the pages and making all kinds of DISCOVERIES. You can print off the ACTIVITY page and you can try my CHALLENGE below and I will have A COPY of Sarah’s book for one child who participates when our bubbles open!

 

 

Sarah Ell says a few words to launch the book with the help of her children:

 

 

 

And now a wee reading from Sarah:

 

 

 

Drawings by Phoebe Morris you can download and print off:

COLOURING LOST WONDERS

 

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This is a must-have book in my view – so as soon as bookshops open we can get our copy – or we could order it now from our local bookstore.

Allen & Unwin page

 

A Poetry Box bubble time challenge:

 

Write a poem about one of the birds above.

Write a poem about a lost wonder of Aotearoa

Find a fascinating fact about the bird you didn’t know!

Find a fascinating fact about a lost wonder you didn’t know!

Show me the bird or lost wonder in your poem: verbs and nouns make things come alive. What were the feathers like? The wings? The way it moved? Where it lived? What it ate? The sounds it made?

 

I will send a copy of the book sent to one lucky writer once we leave our bubbles

 

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put LOST WONDER 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.

 

Poetry Box bubble time: While we are in our bubbles, you might like to go to my blog and try one of my activities or listen to a children’s author or me read stories and poems.

I will be posting a new challenge kater today

Poetry Box bubble time: Melinda Szymanik reads her alien-mother story and offers a challenge or two

 

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Melinda Szymanik reads ‘My Mother is an Alien’ from her collection Time Machine and other stories  (Ahoy: The Cuba Press, 2019).

You can find details of the book here.

 

MY MOTHER IS AN ALIEN

SUMMARY Nathan befriends a new student, Mark, at school. While hanging out at Nathan’s place, Mark meets Nathan’s mother who has an uncanny ability to know what’s going on even when she isn’t in the same room as the boys. She also has other unusual skills and abilities. Mark might have joked about his mum being an alien, but it’s actually Nathan’s mum that is from out of this world.

THEMES Families, friendship, secrets, aliens

QUESTIONS (For older students)

Irony is a particular feature of this story. What is dramatic irony? What does the reader know that Mark doesn’t know?

How does Nathan get on with his sister? What impresses Mark about her?

DISCUSSION Hunt for 5 things Nathan’s mother does that suggest she’s not an everyday mum. Are these really alien? Or are they things a mother might actually be capable of? Is there anything your mum does that seems otherwordly?

ACTIVITIES

Draw a picture of Nate’s Mum.

Write a poem or little story about an ‘alien’ mother or father and/ or draw a picture.

 

Melinda Szymanik writes picture books, stories and novels for children, with several named as Storylines Notable Books. Fuzzy Doodle and A Winter’s Day in 1939 were finalists in two categories in the New Zealand Children’s Book Awards and The Were-Nana was a Children’s Choice winner. A Winter’s Day in 1939 also won Librarian’s Choice at the LIANZA Awards.

When she is not writing, Melinda likes reading, baking (especially with chocolate), going to the movies and travelling with her family. She has three grown-up children, a cat and a husband, and lives in Mt Eden in a house with a view of the mountain.

 

 

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put Alien 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 pop-up mystery giveaways for the other activities every Friday when I post your work. See the list below!).

 

You can also try:

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

Play Pass the Poem with at least one other person

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

 

kia kaha

keep well

keep imagining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Box bubble time: Sally Sutton’s MAGIC HAT CHALLENGE

 

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Here is my MAGIC HAT CHALLENGE:

You’ll need three hats. If you don’t have hats, use boxes. If you don’t have boxes, use bags. If you don’t have bags, use socks. If you don’t have socks … you will have cold feet. Whatever. Write down some settings on little pieces of paper and put them in the first hat.

A setting could be anywhere: home, the Moon, a sushi store, a bus, a carwash, the zoo… wherever.

Write down some characters with a one-word description on some more little pieces of paper and put them in the second hat, e.g. a nervous schoolgirl, a grumpy grandmother, a bossy bus driver, an irate llama. In the third hat: some examples of onomatopoeia, e.g. smash! kaboom! pitter-patter! whoosh! crunch!

Now close your eyes and pick one piece of paper from each hat and magic up a story!

Don’t forget your story must have a PROBLEM. For example: you choose a bossy bus driver, the zoo, crunch! Hmmm… Could the bus driver be at the zoo to pick up kids after a school trip? The kids are noisy, the bus driver is so busy yelling for quiet he/she doesn’t notice an escaped alligator has snuck onto the back seat… CRUNCH. No more bus driver….

Write (or tell) the story! And don’t forget to try it out on your parents. Trust me, you’ll be way better at it than them! Your story-writing is MAGIC! 😉

 

Sally Sutton

 

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put MAGIC HAT 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.

 

You can also try:

Celebrate your hero and listen to Barbara Else read

Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library

Play Pass the Poem with at least one other person

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

 

 

kia kaha

keep well

keep imagining

 

 

 

 

 

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