Duncan Ball is the multi-award-winning author of over seventy-five children’s books including the ever-popular series about Selby, the talking dog, and adventures of Emily Eyefinger, the girl who was born with an eye on the end of her finger. Duncan has always had a passion for poetry, especially of the short, rhyming kind, so it isn’t surprising that the Selby books are peppered with poetry like this one from the book, Selby’s Stardom:
Sue the Gymnast
A gymnast by the name of Sue
Once rubbed herself with superglue
Then climbed up on her trampoline
But stopped midway through her routine
Sue-perior, is how she’s feeling
She’s so stuck up – against the ceiling.
After many years Duncan’s publisher HarperCollins finally allowed him to write a book of just his poetry. The result was My Sister Has a Big Black Beard, containing forty-nine funny poems like these, below, and beautifully illustrated by Kerry Millard:
Duncan’s website, containing lots of information about him, his books and his contact details is: http://www.duncanball.com.au
Because I was an awful bore
My family nailed me to the floor
I asked, ‘How can I get around?’
‘You can’t,’ they said.
Then they left town.
© Duncan Ball
The Shark Isn’t as Bad as His Bite
The shark at heart is sweet and kind,
This animal is much maligned.
Any underwater vet
Will tell you he’s the perfect pet.
He likes to frolic in the sea
With little folks like you and me.
The problem is those pointy teeth
With rows and rows more underneath.
Although he doesn’t like to hurt
He looks on us as his dessert.
To show he’s in a happy mood
He likes to play with us, his food.
© Duncan Ball
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