Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thieves, Fairies, and Hearts

My plan is just to love harder than I've ever loved before, hide nothing, and embrace that I'm an imperfect human being.
~Sam Smith


Happy birthday to Lee Bennett Hopkins! And many happy returns. More mini mistake-maker poems this Friday in honor of IMPERFECT, a poetry anthology for middle schoolers (release date: April 20th!).


Can you name these books and invention?

A GREEDY GAFFE

Burglars think stealing from a girl alone will be child's play...
look at those piles of gold coins!

But she gets them to dance the polka all night
and they stagger out sheepish with nothing purloined.

~~~~~~~~~


photo by John Graham

TRUST HER WHEN SHE SAYS IT'S POISONED

a faithful fairy friend
drank the poisoned medicine...
clap or it's the end!

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SOMETIMES IT'S BETTER WHEN YOU JUST GRAB SOMETHING FROM THE BOX

Wilson Greatbatch tried
to make a heartbeat recorder

but putting the wrong resistor inside
mimicked the beat's proper order

This canny mistake-maker
led to the ______

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There are more minis on IMPERFECT's blog. None of these are in the book, so maybe I'll collect all of the mini mistake-maker poems and put them in a pdf for anyone who wants them. If you have one to share, email me or leave them in the comments.

Robyn Hood Black has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Robyn!

12 comments:

Brenda Harsham said...

Those are good ones. I'm clapping! :-)

Alice Nine said...

These are fun. I love the riddle nature, especially the last one.

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

As Alice said,these are fun - and thought-provoking, because of their riddle-nature! I especially like the first one.

Tabatha said...

Does anybody need a clue about the first one? The girl can lift a horse over her head!

Kay said...

I love these! I'm inspired to try one or a few myself just for fun!

Robyn Hood Black said...

These are all oh-so-clever; thanks for the bits of poetic mischief! And we still half of April to go. :0)

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Hmmm... these are getting more difficult. I need an answer key!

Tabatha said...

Sure, M. They all start with P!
Pippi Longstocking (I think ALL adults make the mistake of underestimating Pippi)
Peter Pan
Pacemaker

Mary Lee said...

Thanks for the key! You stumped me on two of them!

Heidi Mordhorst said...

So glad to arrive after the hard work has already been done, and so excited for an April 20 release date! Where will we find this work of art?

Tabatha said...

Hi Heidi! You will be able to buy it on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble's online store, and possibly other online places!

tanita✿davis said...

These are so fun - and I wouldn't have EVER gotten the Pacemaker, but I LOVE that there's an invention we have a poem for - this would have been SO fun when I was teaching!