My dear loving mother, | write you this letter
In hope that our future together is better.
The problem’s much worse than a rash or a blister.
As surely you know, it is Laurie, my sister.
She entered our home, | was never consulted.
In all of these years only bad has resulted.
I’m minding my business, she gets me in trouble.
You’re shopping for snacks and the bill’s always double.
I’m certain that no one but Laurie’s enjoying
The fact that she’s loud and extremely annoying.
You say that this summer we’ll travel the nation.
We need a solution before our vacation.
The job must be done and it’s yours for the doing,
So take care of Laurie, or mother,
— Jeff Mondak
Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved. From The Toy Box Ate My Brother. JPFK. Illustration by Mew Tachibana. Reprinted by permission of the author.
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Works by children’s poet and songwriter Jeff Mondak have been read and heard by millions of children of all ages. Jeff’s poems have appeared in books and magazines in the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Germany, India, Ireland and Sweden. Many of Jeff’s poems also have been made into songs, including all tracks on Sergio Wals’ children’s music CD Michael Closed the Bathroom Door, all tracks on Mick Brady’s children’s music CD Triple the Pickle, and ten songs on rock band NxT’s CD Sounds Familiar. Now, in The Toy Box Ate My Brother, Jeff presents his first-ever solo poetry collection, featuring over 40 of his favorite funny poems. Each poem is accompanied by a delightful illustration by artist Mew Tachibana.