I Saw an Invisible Lion Today

by Brian P. Cleary

I saw an invisible lion today,
And 14 invisible leopards.
And 30 invisible sheep being led
By 7 invisible shepherds.

I saw an invisible baby giraffe
Who ate from invisible trees.
I watched as he shook an invisible nest
That was filled with invisible bees.

I saw an invisible penguin who skated
Upon an invisible rink
Along with a group of invisible skunks who
Had made an invisible stink.

I saw an invisible clown who was juggling
3 highly invisible balls,
As he jumped back-and-forth on invisible horses
From out of invisible stalls.

I saw an invisible witch as she cackled
Atop her invisible broom.
It’s pretty amazing the things that I saw —
Without ever leaving my room.

  — Brian P. Cleary

Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved. From I Saw an Invisible Lion Today: Quatrains. Millbrook Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From I Saw an Invisible Lion Today: Quatrains

Quatrain? What kind of train is that? Actually, it’s a poem! Quatrains are poems with patterns of rhyming words. Award-winning author Brian P. Cleary explains how quatrains work―and shows some of the many ways they can be written.

I Saw an Invisible Lion Today is packed with poems on subjects ranging from grandmothers to muzaloos to make you giggle and howl. And when you’ve finished reading, you can try your hand at writing your own poems!

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About the Author

Born in Lakewood, Ohio, the third oldest of nine children, Brian P. Cleary grew up reading the bouncy rhymes of Dr. Seuss. A frustrated student and reluctant learner, Brian daydreamed from class to class until being introduced to poetry at about age eight. Intrigued, he set on a course to explore the wonder of words.

He “grew up” in one of the 5 largest creative divisions in the world—American Greetings. He has put words in the mouths of William Shatner and Smokey Robinson, been anthologized with Jack Prelutsky, Kenn Nesbitt, and Lemony Snicket and authored and sold more than 3 million children’s books.

As a humorist, writer, and poet, Brian P. Cleary shows kids how to play with words. He believes that humor is not only a fun way to learn, but an effective way to teach. His best-selling Words Are CATegorical™ series, which introduces young readers to different types of words through rhyming verse and illustrations of comical cartoon cats, has been compared to the likes of Dr. Seuss, while his books of poetry and puns have been honored alongside the works of Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein. Fondly known as the “word nerd,” Brian lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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