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Tuesday Poetry Bonanza: a glorious book and a glorious challenge!

Over the weekend I had fun reading books: an adult novel, an adult poetry collection and a picture book and I loved them all.

The picture book though is the best picture book I have read in ages so if you are going to read ONE picture book this year make it this ONE!

It is another glorious book by the glorious Gecko Press: The King and the Sea.


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The author is Heinz Janisch (he is Austrian and has won lots of international awards) and the illustrator Wolf Erlbruch (he’s German and he did the fabulous Duck, Death and the Tulip also published by Gecko Press).

The illustrations are gorgeous heavenly divine stunning beautiful and uttterly simple. They are like coloured-pencil cutouts on brown paper sitting on the great white stretch of the white page.

This is a collection of 21 very very short stories and they are so very very GOOD! I want to gobble them up and suck them for hours!

The longest story has 11 lines and the shortest story has 2 lines.


The stories have characters, dialogue, settings and a little something happening.

They are NOT stories with BIG FLASHY action.

They are stories that are QUIET so you have to bend in close.

They are stories about paying attention to little things.

They are stories about big questions hiding in little things.

The king is in every story.


In one story the king tells the sea he is king and the sea whooshes back at him so the king gets thoughtful and just listens to the waves.

In another story the cat says the sun is his king so the king takes off his coat and lies down next to the cat to feel the sun on his body.

In another story the king decides there are two sides to everything as he sees his small crown cast a long shadow.

The sentences are simple and not too long. With a great rhythm. Very delicious.    

L  i k e   p o e m s!




This week’s challenge:

Write a very very short story with no more than 11 lines/sentences!  You can do it as a poem or just use very beautiful sentences.

Have one or two characters.

Have some dialogue.

Have a little something happening.


DEADLINE for your Very very short story Challenge: Wednesday May 6th

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email.

PLEASE say it’s for the Very very short story challenge. Put in the subject line of the email please.

I will post my favourites and have a book for one poet (Year 0 to Year 8).