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downsize_250_1000Big Silly, Little Sensible

Mike Lucas

Ginger Cat Publishing

ISBN 9780994559203

RRP $19.99

Reviewed by Teena Raffa-Mulligan


As the title suggests, this collection written and illustrated by Mike Lucas is a mix of silly and sensible poems, with most falling into the former category.

Poems range from the ultra-short to the super long and are sorted into sections such as growing up, animals, space and time, fairy tales and people. Most are accompanied by Lucas’s line drawings.

All are child friendly and Lucas clearly has the capacity to slip easily into the world of childhood.

The silliness will appeal to young readers, as will the farts poems and frequent use of invented words.

There’s a lovely sense of rhyme and rhythm in some of the poems, while others I found a little awkward to read aloud, which for me is always part of enjoying poetry.

It’s all about me, The not upside down poem, The exactly one minute poem and Don’t steal the scare from a grizzly bear are my favourites of the 99 poems featured in the collection.

Big Silly and Little Sensible makes playing with words and writing poetry seem like a lot of fun, so would be a useful addition to classroom resources.

The book includes some blank pages where young poets are invited to write their own poems.

Big Silly and Little Sensible is available here.

Poem of the Day


Elephants’ noses

 by Mike Lucas

Elephants’ noses just growses and growses

Till they’re trumpy and trunky and long.

They can smell gone off cheese on an African breeze

When it’s left in a fridge in Hong Kong.


They can wash twenty buses without too much fusses

And pick up a forest of trees.

Their trunks are so long, when a cold comes along

Then it takes them an hour to sneeze.


They can tie them in knots – lots of knots, lots and lots.

They can hang from the hills in Burrundi.

They can tell smells apart – if you give them a fart

They will know what you’ve eaten last Monday.


Elephants’ trunks are so useful, me thunks.

Much more useful than our little snozzles.

And when they are dead and we dig up their heads

They make far much more interesting fozzils.


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Here are this week’s updates.



Current competitions (listed on this site) are now on the main ‘Competitions‘ page – in order of deadline submission date.



The 2014 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards, Australia’s largest and oldest poetry writing competition for students.

Closing Date: 30-June 2014



Two bios have been added to our POETS A-Z page.

Mike Lucas

Dianne Ellis

If you are not able to view the ‘drop-down’ listing of poets, all bios can be accessed through the main page here.

Direct link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/australianpoets/


That’s it for this week.


Di Bates