Shockerdile Tales Children's Poetry Workbook
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Welcome to the Shockerdile Tales book of children’s rhyming verse.
In this eBook I have included 15 of my poems which are published collectively as the Shockerdile Tales after the poem Josh and the Shockerdile which was inspired by walks on the beach with my youngest son when he was about 3 years old. The other poems are old classics from the 19th century: The Walrus and the Carpenter, which is of course, from Through the Looking Glass (1872) by Lewis Carroll and 4 poems from the English translation of Der Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann.
Some of these poems may be considered a little scary for younger children so if you are of a nervous disposition you should get your parents, guardians or teachers to read them first to see if they think them suitable for you.
I hope you enjoy these rhyming stories and get inspired to write and illustrate your own. There are 8 starter lines spread throughout the book which you may like to have a go at finishing, or they may give you some ideas of your own. Either way, have fun with your writing, get started and see where the rhyming takes you.
On pages 57 to 69 I have spread out an alphabet poem, Annie Anaconda to Zoe the Zebra, for the illustrators among you and other poems of mine also need some images. My daughter Georgie Trumble has illustrated some of them but feel free to draw your own. This is your book designed for writing and drawing in. Unfortunately, I can’t draw for toffee so I look forward to seeing your work.
If you are inspired to write or illustrate by any of the poems featured in this book I’ll be delighted. Feel free to send them in by email to ShockerdilePoetry@gmail.com - we may publish the best ones online, or even in a book if we get enough.