My Very Own Monster Pet

by Charles Ghigna

My Very Own Monster Pet by Charles Ghigna

I would like a monster pet.
The kind that children never get.
Something mean and extra large
That likes to bite or squeeze or charge.

A King Kong kind of chimpanzee.
A snake the size of Tennessee.
A two-ton kicking kangaroo.
A rhino bigger than a zoo.

A grizzly bear with sharpened claws.
A wild boar with giant jaws.
A porcupine with poison quills.
A tiger shark with razor gills.

An armadillo made of steel.
A nuclear electric eel!
That’s what I wish that I could get,
A vicious, wild, monster pet.

But if I can’t have one of these,
(No dogs, or cats, or goldfish, please)
I’ll take the pet I most adore–
I’ll settle for a dinosaur.

  — Charles Ghigna

Copyright © 2003. All Rights Reserved. From Halloween Night: Twenty-One Spooktacular Poems. Running Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From Halloween Night: Twenty-One Spooktacular Poems

This collection of 21 silly, funny, just slightly scary poems about witches, monsters, pumpkins, gargoyles, and trick-or-treating will elicit delighted giggles from children aged 4 to 8 who are just beginning to discover the traditions and lore of Halloween. With such titles as “I’m Not Afraid,” “Witch Way,” “Sick or Treat,” and “What to Wear on Halloween?” it’s destined to become a read-aloud favorite.

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About the Author

Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 books from Disney, Random House, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc. and other publishers. He has written more than 5,000 poems for children and adults that have appeared in anthologies, newspapers and magazines ranging from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Highlights and Cricket magazines. He served as poet-in-residence at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, instructor of creative writing at Samford University, poetry editor of English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English, and as a nationally syndicated poetry feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He speaks at schools, conferences, libraries, and literary events throughout the U.S. and overseas, and has read his poems at The Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center, American Library in Paris, American School in Paris, and the International Schools of South America.

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