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Making up new Groovy Fish poems at the Dorothy Butler Children’s bookshop

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A very big thank you to Cuba Press, The Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop in Auckland and all the children, mums, nanas and other adults who came. A special thank you to the lovely Mary from the bookshop for writing down our poems when our words were whizzing fast!

You still get a chance to win a drawing if you send in a poem to my Groovy Fish challenge. All the names will go in the hat and I will pull out one or two. Plus I will give away a few Groovy Fish books.

These two launches have been really special – it felt like the bookshops filled with warm poetry glows and I took poetry glow home with me.

Thank you!

Here are some photos – and under that are some poems we made up together using titles from Groovy Fish.

 

 

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Thunder Monkey

Thunder’s in the sky

bang crack

boom crash

coupled with lightning blue

 

The monkeys are in the trees

swinging, revelling, trembling

in the storm

 

Thunder monkeys are lit up by lightning

thunder monkeys are super monkeys

and are fine in the storm

 

Lollipops and Chicken Pox

I have chicken pox

but I really like lollipops

 

I have measles

but I really like weasles

 

I have the flu

but I like the colour blue

 

I have a cold

but I make paper folds

 

I have diabetes

but I really like sweeties   (uh oh!)

 

But today I’m well

and I’m writing a poem

 

The Little Fish

The little fish lives

in a deep dark watery cave.

It’s as little as a pin

and black

and has an electric blue fin.

It makes a ginormous friend.

 

They play and splash

on a bright summer’s day.

 

The Biscuit Thief

Chocolate cream biscuits

sitting in a jar

on a picnic blanket

by a feast of cakes.

 

Ants take the cake

to their ant hill

but the ants are in cahoots

with the imperial cruisers

and the biscuits are lost in space.

 

Tap Dancing Fish

Glorious, blindingly beautiful

tap dancing fish

tappity tappity tap tap tap

 

jumping stomping leaping

in a disco fish bowl

right on top of the high cabinet

 

The fish jump so high

out of the bowl

kissing the ceiling

they land on the floor

crash bang wallop

and tap dance away

never to be seen again

 

What a fun day we had!

 

 

 

 

My new book – Groovy Fish celebration 2: an invitation to NZ children use one of my titles to write a poem

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Groovy Fish and other poems  The Cuba Press, out early July

 

 

When I did my Hot Spot Tour of NZ in 2014 I collected amazing titles for poems from children. It was such fun I am tempted to write another book getting titles from children! Oh and I LOVED doing the drawings.

I thought it would be cool to get YOU to write a poem using one of my TITLES from the book. So I am sending them back to you! See the contents pages below.

I will pick one poem per title to post at the end of JULY.

I will give away 2 of my drawings and 2 copies of the books – lucky dip style!

 

Deadline: July 26th

Include: your name, age, year, name of school

Send to: paulajoygreen@gmail.com

Don’t forget to put GROOVY FISH CHALLENGE in the subject line so I don’t miss your email.

 

 

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