The Toy Box Ate My Brother
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.