The Notapotamus

by Dennis Lee

The Notapotamus by Dennis Lee

I thought I saw a potamus,
Asleep upon a cotamus,
But when I reached the spotamus,
The potamus was notamus.

It must have been monotamous,
Just sleeping on that cotamus —
So, feeling hot-to-trotamus,
It took off like a shotamus!

O naughty notapotamus,
I liked your style alotamus.
In story, song, and thoughtamus
You’re gone, but not forgotamus.

  — Dennis Lee

Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved. From Melvis and Elvis. HarperCollins. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From Melvis and Elvis

Canadian kidslit legend Dennis Lee’s first new children’s collection in more than a decade-in collaboration with bestselling illustrator Jeremy Tankard.

Melvis the monster
And Elvis the elf
Were hunting for books
On the library shelf-
One on the carpet,
And one in a chair,
So neither could see
That the other was there…

Melvis and Elvis is classic Dennis Lee, with more than thirty new poems for fans of his beloved collections, including the perennial bestseller Alligator Pie. This irresistible blend of narrative, word play, and pure nonsense, combined with Jeremy Tankard’s whimsical and energetic illustrations, will appeal to both the very young and developing readers.

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Dennis Lee is a Canadian poet and the first Poet Laureate of Toronto, Ontario. He has written many collections of poetry for children and adults, including the well-known Alligator Pie, which has sold more than a half a million copies.

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