Friday, December 14, 2012

Octoproblem - Kenn Nesbitt

Octoproblem
by
Kenn Nesbitt
(from The Armpit of Doom: Funny Poems for Kids)

My teacher said to calculate
3.141 times 8.
I threw my hand up instantly
and so, of course, she called on me.
She asked me, “What’s the answer, please?”
I’d figured this one out with ease.
I looked her squarely in the eye
and calmly answered, “Octopi!”
It took her half an hour to get it,
and then she gave me extra credit.


It is always a happy day here at GottaBook when I'm getting to share Kenn Nesbitt's poetry. Octoproblem comes from his new book, The Armpit of Doom: Funny Poems for Kids, and it's a poem that makes me gleeful.

I find the book quite true to its title - it is full of very funny poems AND there is an armpit of doom therein. I'd recommend it any time of the year, truth be told, yet I know it makes a perfect holiday gift (for anyone from kids to adults).  Go on and check out what J. Patrick Lewis called "more mayhem from one of the masters."

Also, it's Poetry Friday, and you can see the roundup of goodies over at Jama's Alphabet Soup.

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And as always... thanks for sharing, Kenn!

2 comments:

jama said...

Octo-cool! And anything with pie in it -- oh, he means the other kind of pi? Of course I now must see about that armpit of doom. Thanks for the smile today :).

tanita davis said...

This is adorable.
Admittedly, it took me more than half an hour to get it... ☺