Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Moving Day!

Our site is moving! Please visit us at http://pobblepath.com

This site will stay open but will not be updated as often. Silly poems will now be at the Pobble site!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Tree, So Prick-a-ly - A Silly Poem

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree,
Why are you so prick-a-ly?
I want a hug, but you bite back.
I am your friend, I'm not a snack.
Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree,
You look so bright and friend-a-ly,
A hug seems perfect, since it's winter,
But after ours I have a splinter.
Copyright CM Dixon Dec. 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Busy Bird, A Silly Poem

An odd little bird lives in my town.
I see him now flying upside down.

He darts at dogs and chases cats.
He tries to snatch off people's hats.

The other birds fly straight and true.
They seem to have bird work to do.

But this bird loops and sways and swerves.
No straight lines for him, only curves.

He flies up high then dives at me.
I duck as he lands in a tree.

Then hear him whistle and start to sing,
As he puffs up and flaps each wing.

Preparing to take another pass,
To startle and to scare enmassse.
Copyright, CM Dixon Nov 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

HO, HO, HO! Merry Christmas! - A New Counting Book

FREE Nov. 29 and Dec. 30!  Merry Christmas!  Click the picture of the cover to get your free copy in Amazon!

It may not be chilly where you are, but where we live, a nip is in the air. You can almost feel that first snow coming.  So exciting! We love winter. We love it for many reasons, but the top reason is Christmas. No time of year is as much fun as the holiday season. The traditions, decorations, food, and of course stories about the Christ Child and Santa.

Our newest book is our first Christmas board book for little ones. It is a countdown book about a Jolly Engineer who is counting down the toys he will deliver to a snow blanketed town on Christmas night.

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and that this book not only helps celebrate Christmas, but also helps those little ones who are learning their numbers this holiday season.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Shutdown - A Silly Poem

Are your children having trouble understanding the government shutdown? We think most children would wonder why adults can't sit down and solve problems and those children are right to think that way. This poem is dedicated to our wonderful Political Leaders who are setting such a good example to all of the children when they refuse to talk to each other.
I just argued with my best friend.
No compromise, I won't bend.

It's obvious that I am right.
I'll hold the line and win this fight.

My friend keeps saying he wants to play.
I won't do it! No play today!

I'll stay inside the house and hide,
To keep from listening to his side.

In my room, I'll sit alone,
And ignore the ringing telephone.

We can talk again some day,
Once he agrees to go my way.
Copyright CM Dixon Oct 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

What Color is God's Love?

Our newest board book for young readers helps little ones learn their colors, but also shows them how God's love is all around us.

The pictures for this book are all watercolors.  There are two pictures for each color.  The first is an abstract painting that simply focuses on the color.  The second painting shows how that color can appear in nature and how God's love is represented.

We hope you enjoy our color book.  Please leave a comment or review on Amazon letting us know.

Here are the pages for green.

 The book is available on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I'm A Superhero! - A Silly Poem

I'm a superhero and I can prove it.
Something heavy? I can move it!

I run fast when I have to hurry.
I speed past, looking blurry.

I can see things far away.
Even on a rainy day.

Like hide-n-seek? You'll be found.
I can hear the quietest sound.

I sneak around the house all day,
Assuring villains stay away.

I wear a cape, it's shiny and red.
I have a mask to cover my head.

It  helps protect my identity,
But the dog still knows it's just me.

Copyright CM Dixon Aug. 2013

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Dog Bite - A Silly Poem

I stubbed my toe, and then I fell.
I rolled and screamed, "I don't feel well!"

"It's broke! I know it! I can't look!"
I clenched my eyes. My body shook.

No one can hear. I wail some more.
Then someone pushes my bedroom door.

The dog. Oh no, he thinks I'm playing.
He's in no mood for sitting or staying.

He leaps on me. He licks my face.
I scramble back. He starts to chase.

"No! Get down!" I am defenseless.
From our huge dog who's also senseless.

He bites my shirt. He shakes and tugs.
His way of sharing canine hugs.

I jump and run, but then I slow,
And I look down at my stumped toe.

It isn't hurt. Seems I'm alright.
Healed by my dog's playful bite.

Copyright CM Dixon July 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Fishing - A Silly Poem

Today I went fishing down at the river.
 I picked a good spot and cast out my line.
My bobber immediately started to quiver!
My body tensed as I watched for a sign,

That I should pull back and set in the hook,
But then all went still. The line went slack.
I waited then reeled in to take a quick look,
To discover my bait had become a fish snack.

Copyright CM Dixon June 2013

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Ninja Bunny - a Silly Poem

I planted a garden now that it's sunny.
The next day it was eaten by a cute little bunny.
I saw him out there, munch, then hop,
Going down each row to start at the top,
Of each tender plant, then eat it to the ground.
Like a furry ninja destroying without sound.
All of my crops, all of my hard work.
I yelled at him once and that did made him jerk.
He looked at me then continued his snack.
He seems to sense I would never attack.
So I guess I'll just sit and enjoy the view.
Now the garden's gone, there's less work to do.
Copyright CM Dixon May 2013

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Work In Progress - EP Express!

Our current work in process is about a train named EP Express.  EP has to make it across the country to pick up and deliver all types of freight.  He will visit Cleveland, DesMoines, Denver, and a few other cities on his journey.

This book will help kids learn the days of the week as EP stops in a new city each day.

Illustrating this book will take quite awhile, but hopefully we will be ready to publish in a month or two.  We are very excited about the illustrations.  We are adding more detail to the pictures and this should be one of our longer picture books.  This book will be the first where we are using Corel 12 to create the illustrations.

Below is a sample illustration of EP travelling through Cleveland (it's always cloudy in Cleveland).

If you have a little one that likes books about vehicles, we think you will love EP! Until then you can take a look at our other vehicle themed picture books; Counting Train Cars, Cars and Trucks Around My Town, and Forktruck's Busy Day.  Links to all of our books are on the right side of this page.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Run Fast - A Silly Poem

I ran a race but I came in last.
I tried my best but I'm  just not fast.
Which became clear when I was passed,
By an older man with his leg in a cast.

Copyright CM Dixon April 2013

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Bert The Purple Monster - A Silly Poem

Bert the monster is huge and hairy.
If he wanted to, he could be scary,
But Bert has such a sweet disposition.
Being helpful and kind is his only ambition.

He has long horns and pointy claws,
And could easily snatch you with his paws,
But Bert would never cause anyone danger.
If you meet him once you're no longer a stranger.

Bert walks to town and sees friend after friend.
When he meets them he always has time to spend.
He gives them a hug and asks how they've been.
Then misses them horribly until he sees them again.

Copyright CM Dixon April 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Chocolate Bunny - A Silly Poem for Easter

He sits so straight,  with that blank stare
Does he not know? Does he not scare?

Can he not sense the danger so near?
Is he so brave that he feels no fear?

He makes no attempt to get away.
I'm certain he'll be easy prey.

I pounce. I have him. I bite off an ear!
The first chocolate victim of Easter this year.

Copyright CM Dixon March 2013

For a more traditional Easter story, see our picture book, The New Life of Easter. where we use examples from nature to explain the resurrection to your little ones.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The New Life of Easter - A Picture Book

Happy Easter!

Our picture book, The New Life of Easter, will be free all day Wed. March 13.

This book describes the resurrection to little children. The concept of resurrection is hard for adults to wrap our minds around and children are sure to have questions this time of year.

Our book uses a chick hatching from an egg, a caterpillar emerging as a butterfly and a seed growing into a plant as natural examples to explain the concept oft the resurrection.

We hope you enjoy our book and have a blessed Easter Season.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Charlie Chooses - A Jake Dog Fable

Our newest fable stars two raccoons, Charlie and Jimmy. They are moving away from their parents to begin life on their own, and it is an exciting time as they prepare for their first winter.

Their parents raised them to make good choices but now they have to make their own decisions. How will they respond when they are faced with tough decisions?  Will they take shortcuts that may jeopardize their ability to survive the long cold winter, or lead to other danger?

This fable teaches children about the importance of making good choices and understanding that the easy way is not always the best way. Charlie and Jimmy know what they should do, but sometimes it is hard to make good choices when you are faced with a decision. We hope this fable helps kids understand the importance of making good decisions every day.

Charlie Chooses has three original illustrations and can be read as a bedtime story to little ones or read independently by older children. To purchase Charlie Chooses on Amazon, CLICK HERE.

Here, Charlie is in a tree. Did something scare him, or is he looking for something?

We would love your feedback on Charlie Chooses!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Easter Eggs - A Silly Poem

We hope you enjoy our Easter Egg poem. We love all holidays and Easter is right at the top of our list.  Egg hunts were always the highlight of the holiday when we had little ones. Enjoy the holiday that welcomes Spring and allows us to reflect on the hope of new life that surrounds this time of year.

If you have a little one you may like our Easter picture book, The New Life of Easter.  It uses examples from nature to help explain the resurrection.  See it on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Happy Easter!

Easter eggs are so pretty and bright.
I'm going to color a dozen tonight.

The dye is poured and all in a row.
It looks like a liquid rainbow.

Eggs break easy. I have to take care.
Once they are cracked there is no repair.

Time to remove them from their dye soak.
Whoops! Dropped the red. Eww, I see its yolk.

No more mistakes. Let's take out the blue.
Whoops! There it went. It crashed on my shoe.

Finally success! I have a nice green one.
It gets easier as each one is done.

The rest survive to dry on the rack.
So I have ten to display and two for a snack.

Copyright CM Dixon Feb 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Ice Skating - A Silly Poem

I went ice skating this afternoon,
But didn't expect to quit so soon.

The ice was smooth and hard like glass.
Perfect conditions for skating fast.

Right away I leaped to spin.
I landed clean so I leapt again.

The second jump didn't go so well.
My ankle popped and then I fell.

I slid across and smacked the wall.
It truly was a spectacular fall.

My friend shrieked and called the doctor.
I think my screaming really shocked her.

Luckily it was just a sprain.
Not too much damage, but lots of pain.

So now I'm watching, now I'm waiting.
Now I sit with my leg elevating.

The doctor says, "Warm up before skating!"
I will. . .  When I'm done rehabilitating.

Copyright CM Dixon Feb 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Scruff Takes Charge - A Jake Dog Fable

We love fables. I still remember reading about the monkey and crane. As a kid it was fun seeing how the crane could use his long beak to reach the food while the monkey tried and tried to get the food. Fables are a great way to teach values. Kids love animals and it is easy to get them interested in stories about animals who are trying to solve problems.

Here at Jake Dog Stories we think all kids should be taught values. Sounds like something everyone would agree with, but when you look at what kids spend their time on in today's fast paced world we sometimes wonder if values teaching always gets the attention it deserves. That is why we have started a new series, Jake Dog's Fables. Our fables will focus on important life skills and why good values are important while hopefully being fun to read as well.

We still love silly rhymes and picture books. Kids need to have fun and we will always show our silly side, but we think kids can have fun and learn good lessons at the same time.

Our first fable is about Katarina and Scruff.  They are cats who live on a farm. Katarina is in charge of the cats at the farm, but she isn't a very good leader.  It isn't all her fault. No one taught her to lead. When Scruff shows up looking for work, the other cats immediately respond to him when he displays a natural ability to plan and lead.

How will Katarina respond? Will Scruff be their new leader? The story follows along as the cats chase field mice and protect the chickens from the dreaded weasel.

The book includes four original illustrations spread throughout the story.

We hope you like our first fable and that you can use it to teach your kids the qualities of good leadership!

Click on the cover to purchase Scruff Takes Charge on Amazon.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Song In My Head - A Silly Poem

A song is stuck inside my head.
I used to love it but now I dread,
To hear it on the radio,
Since then it follows wherever I go.

I've tried and tried, but it won't stop.
This truly is some infectious pop.
I shake my head but have no luck.
Here comes the chorus, it's still stuck.

I guess for now, I'll hum along.
It really is a catchy song.

Copyright CM Dixon Feb 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Blowing Hat - A Silly Poem

I sneezed so hard my hat flew off.
Then it blew away when I stopped to cough.

Now snow is accumulating on my hair,
Because my head is cold and bare.

I would chase my hat if only I knew,
Which way it traveled when it blew,

But the wind is swirling this way and that.
A perfect storm for losing a hat.

So I'll trudge home with a sniffling nose,
And my new white hat that grows as it snows.

Copyright CM Dixon Jan 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

Forktruck's Busy Day - A New Picture Book!

Out newest picture book was published today on Amazon. This rhyming picture book follows a forktruck as he completes his daily tasks. Kids seem to love trucks, tractors and all other types of vehicles. We noticed that there weren't any picture books about forktrucks. When our kids were little they loved watching the forktrucks when we went to the big hardware stores and they were thrilled when we found little forktruck toys.

We didn't have a forktruck book to read to them, and we think they would have enjoyed this one.

If you know a child who likes picture books about cars, trucks, tractors, or other vehicles we think they will love a book about forktrucks.

We included a fact sheet about forktrucks in the back of the book. How many pounds can a forktruck lift? How high can they lift? These and other fun facts are included.

Click on the cover to go to Amazon and purchase.

Let us know how you like it.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Cold In My Nose - A Silly Poem

I have a cold. It's in my nose.
I wonder why that's where it goes. 

I wouldn't want to live in there.
If I could fly most anywhere.

But cold germs like to live in snot,
And that's something I have a lot

Of based on how much I'm blowing,
Into my tissue. It's really flowing.

I sneeze, I cough, my nose is red.
My ears pop when I move my head.

I'm tired. I just sit and yawn.
Tomorrow I hope my cold is gone.

Copyright CM Dixon Jan 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Our Work in Progress - Forktruck's Busy Day

We have been busy as a forktruck working on our latest picture book. So, there has been a lag on Silly Poems. We have a bunch of poems started so subscribe to our blog to make sure you know when they are published. Until then, check out Rhymes With Wiggle, Volume 2. It includes THREE original Silly Poems that have never before been published on our blog! The Amazon link for that is over there on the right.

Now though, we are busy illustrating our next picture book, Forktruck's Busy Day. We looked around and there are not many books about forktrucks for little ones. We know how much kids like to know about vehicles so we thought this would be a fun book. Life has a way of getting in the way sometimes, but we are hopeful that this will publish in Jan. or Feb. of this year.  The writing is complete. Here is a sample.

"This forklift truck works hard all day."
"Shipping freight out and putting stock away."

"Before starting he does a quick check,"
"To make sure he is safe, he must not wreck!"

The rest of the story follows Forktruck through all of the tasks he completes during his busy day.

We are a little under half way complete with the illustrations.  Here is a sample.

Let us know your comments. We are excited to see how this book is received since there are so few forktruck and warehouse books for the youngest readers.

Copyright CM Dixon Jan 2013