Curious adventures in verse for children of any and every age

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Four deliciously absurd poems with esoteric undertones, all in a playful little book to fit any pocket.

Charlie shamelessly drops chocolate wrappers wherever he goes, drowning his town in an ocean of muck – and learns his lesson. The Temptress of Tantrum employs her unusual art to ensure every child’s moment of rage is truly outrageous. Faced with a difficult decision, Helena is forced to visit all the cluttered backrooms of her mind. And finally, there is Ebenezer Wisijago, whose peculiar presence transforms your life into blissful emptiness.

For those who revelled in Alice’s Wonderland adventures or the cautionary tales read to Victorian children to deter them from ‘wicked’ behaviour, these stories offer a feast of fantasy.

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If you tend to trust the word of
Know-all grown-ups and their say-so,
It may be you’ve never heard of
Ebenezer Wysijago.

Fairies, monsters – even gods – all hide
When scrutinised by grown-up eyes –
They cannot squeeze themselves
Inside a vision so reduced in size.

So bear in mind that even when
Your grown-up says there’s nothing there,
It always pays to look again,
With eyes that focus on thin air.

For in that space beyond the screens
That grown-up eyes have fixed in place,
A wealth of otherworldly scenes
Goes on, regardless of disgrace.

They don’t care, these other creatures,
If some humans call them fictions;
They don’t heed those human teachers
Or their very firm convictions.

So many strange and splendid things
Are happening beyond the ken
Of those to whom the fancy clings
That they are wise and grown-up men.

Reviews for Curious adventures in verse

“This is a richly decorated collection of four whacky children’s tales presented in perfectly scanned rhyming verse. You will read it again and again, and find more wit and depths of meaning each time”

Savita Brandt

“Apart from being able to relish the author’s imagination and ingenuity, lovers of language alone will find this book a feast of startling juxtaposition”

Tom Terry

“Part cautionary, part hopeful, these surreal little stories are ideal for children, whose hearts dance at the bouncy rhythms and vivid concoctions, just as much as for adults who like to probe the deeper mysteries of each”

Anushka

“Want to revisit your child-like sense of wonder? This unusual little book will be a delight to explore”

Clara Abercrombie

Reviews for Curious adventures in verse

This is a richly decorated collection of four whacky children’s tales presented in perfectly scanned rhyming verse. You will read it again and again, and find more wit and depths of meaning each time

Savita Brandt

Apart from being able to relish the author’s imagination and ingenuity, lovers of language alone will find this book a feast of startling juxtaposition

Tom Terry

Part cautionary, part hopeful, these surreal little stories are ideal for children, whose hearts dance at the bouncy rhythms and vivid concoctions, just as much as for adults who like to probe the deeper mysteries of each

Anushka

Want to revisit your child-like sense of wonder? This unusual little book will be a delight to explore

Clara Abercrombie