limerick challenge #9



You get two for the price of one in this week’s limerick challenge! My sons wanted me to write about an owl and I came up with two different limericks (owls must be easier to write about as some weeks I struggle to write a limerick at all!) They couldn’t agree which one they liked though: my six-year-old liked the first one (below) but my four-year-old said it was ‘too sad for the baby owl’ (he’s very sensitive to the emotions of babies at the moment!) and preferred the second one.

So I decided I might as well post them both. The boys drew illustrations as usual, each one illustrating their preferred limerick. My four-year-old also drew the picture at the top of the post.

Here’s my six-year-old’s choice of owl limerick:


A rather confused baby owl

Believed he was a waterfowl 

“You’re no duck!” said his dad

But his son looked so sad

That he dug him a pond (with a trowel)


Baby owl stnading by this pond and thanking his dad (who call's 'That's ok' from his hole in the tree)

Baby owl standing happily by his newly-dug pond.


My son put such a positive spin on the limerick in his picture – with the way that father and son have bonded over the pond – that even his little brother approved! He still preferred this limerick though:


There once was a tone-deaf old owl

Whose vocals would make his friends howl

“Oh Howard!” they’d shriek

When he opened his beak

“Do keep quiet, your singing is foul!”

Owl singing a One Direction Song...

Owl singing a One Direction Song…

It’s not the easiest thing to read (he’s only 4 1/2 and just learning to write) but it says “Oh yeah. Because we danced all night to the best song ever”. Needless-to-say it was his idea that Howard the Owl would be singing that song- not mine!

Am rather proud of their drawings (and writing) this week so am linking up with mini creations over at KidGLLoves


Mini Creations

20 thoughts on “limerick challenge #9

    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks! Your no.3 is so small, I’m sure in a few months you’ll be back in the writing groove. Or a lot of months – no rush! xx

  1. Jenny

    Maddy love your great poetic words and your lovely drawn pictures here. What great things to have to cherish. Great post for the mini creations. #minicreations

  2. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    They are nice! I can understand the words clearly on the last photo cuz my 3-1/2 year old son is also learning how to write. #minicreations

  3. KidGLloves

    Lucas says – I love getting the Mother to read these limericks out to me and I am loving Howard – he really made me giggle. Great drawings too.
    Thanks for linking to #minicreations


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