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The Winners have been announced for the RivoKidsnonsense contest spoonsored and forked by Duckbill Books. I was honored to be the Jerryrigged Jellycal Judge, and I had quite a few wonderful and completely crazy entires. Thank you to all the kids who entered such great pieces of non-binding narwhal-numbing nonpareil nonsense. Here are the winners, with some itty bitty ditties I wrote for each, according to the nonsense pieces they wrote. See the website for the full poems:
1. Akshay Rajmohan's "Nonsense is a nonsense thing" is here.
Here's an idea that will (almost) guarantee you win: you can
use poems from This Book Makes No Sense: Nonsense Poems and Worse and The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense as examples
By the way, I am honored to be the Jovial and Jellyatinous
Judge of the contest.I hope to
see YOUR poems soon!
The Singapore International School in Mumbai had some secret cameras set up for my performance last winter, on my tour for This Book Makes No Sense (which is out on Kindle now, by the way!). The song is Barry Louis Polisar's "I've Got a Teacher, She's So Mean"--a definite favorite in the set (at least, a favorite of the students... I'm not so sure about the teachers!). Here's the page with a little write-up, and here's the video clip! The only problem is that the write-up doesn't mention Sampurna Chattarji, the fantastic children's writer who performed with me that day (and who is in the photos).
Mr. Sputum says
"Blog to blog,
Bog to glog,
Grog to Smaug!"
Nimmy Chacko was kind enough to write a lovely Scholastic blog entry on This Book Makes No Sense, and you'll find included a little online interview, where I expound on nonsense, giraffes, nonsense giraffes, Alan Watts as a neo-giraffe, Samuel Taylor Coleraffe, Xanadu and Olivia Newton-Jiraffe, and other things related to nonsense theory and giraffes (oddly, without any reference to Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey's brilliant nonsensical Giraffes? Giraffes!).
Why Mr. Sputum?--I can't rightly say. He appeared in the Indian Express newspaper (I think) during my trip... and he has been wanting to contribute to the blog ever since...