Little Benjie Poffenroth
was such a sneaky kid;
he didn’t want to go to school,
so here’s what Benjie did:
He went and dumped a big ol’ bowl
of oatmeal on his face,
and let it dry until it formed
a crusty, gross disgrace.
It only took one look to nearly
make his mom collapse.
She thought, “Oh no! My baby boy’s
got leprosy, perhaps.”
The doctor took a careful look…
and then he took another.
He scraped a sample off the cheek
to show to Benjie’s mother.
The doctor smiled and said that all
her worries had been hasty.
He popped the sample in his mouth
and said, “It’s rather tasty!
“Yes, Benjie should return to school—
he’s played a little trick.”
But seeing what the doctor did
made Benjie’s mom get sick.
— Chris Cook
Copyright © 2004. All Rights Reserved. From Rolling in the Aisles: A Collection of Laugh-out-Loud Poems. Running Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.
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From Rolling in the Aisles: A Collection of Laugh-out-Loud Poems
Rolling in the Aisles, “King of Giggle Poetry” Bruce Lansky’s fourth anthology of humorous poems for children, contains funny poems selected by a panel of more than 1,000 elementary- and middle-school students. Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Bruce Lansky, Kenn Nesbitt, Ted Scheu, Robert Pottle and Dave Crawley all made the cut for this giggle-packed anthology of rhymes!