The Toy Box Ate My Brother

by Jeff Mondak

The race was on to get a toy
And Thomas was the winner
He beat me to the toy box
But he ended up as dinner

The toy box ate my brother
‘cuz he made a tragic blunder
He entered with a head-first dive
And quickly got pulled under

He kicked his feet and called my name
While our toy box drooled and slurped
I knew dear Thomas was no more
When that toy box loudly burped

No toy box can be trusted
So I make this solemn promise
I’ll rid the world of all of them
In memory of poor Thomas

I know you must be frightened
So I will help you, girls and boys
Just ship your toy box off to me
–along with all your toys!

  — Jeff Mondak

Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved. From The Toy Box Ate My Brother. JPFK. 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.

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About the Author

Jeff Mondak is a children’s poet and songwriter living in Champaign, Illinois with his wife, his two sons, and his dog. Since 1997, he has written over 200 poems, including the book The Toy Box Ate My Brother, and the lyrics for Mick Brady’s CD Triple the Pickle and Sergio Wals’ CD Michael Closed the Bathoom Door. When not writing poetry, he is the James M. Benson Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois.

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