Our poetry reading continues nightly with a singular focus: Jack Prelutsky, creator of Awful Ogre, and the first Children's Poet Laureate. Mama picked up several of his collections at the library, including It's Raining Pigs and Noodles, The Dragons are Singing Tonight, Read a Rhyme Write a Rhyme, and A Nonny Mouse Writes Again. And both kids remembered that their teachers had read one of the poems, "A Creature in the Classroom." Apropos of going back to school after break, no?
"Creature in the Classroom"
by Jack Prelutsky
It appeared inside our classroom
at a quarter after ten,
it gobbled up the blackboard,
three erasers and a pen.
It gobbled teacher's apple
and it bopped her with the core.
"How dare you!" she responded.
"You must leave us....there's the door."
The Creature didn't listen
but described an arabesque
as it gobbled all her pencils,
seven notebooks and her desk.
Teacher stated calmly,
"Sir! you simply cannot stay,
I'll report you to the principal
unless you go away!"
But the thing continued eating,
it ate paper, swallowed ink,
as it gobbled up our homework
I believe I saw it wink.
Teacher finally lost her temper,
"OUT!" she shouted at the creature.
The creature hopped beside her
and GLOPP....it gobbled the teacher.