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There Was an Old Woman

by Bill Dodds
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There Was an Old Woman by Bill Dodds

There was an old woman
who lived in a shoe;
with so many children
what else could she do?

Their home had no windows
no doors, and no locks—
the kids were all happy
but smelled like old socks.

  — Bill Dodds

Copyright © 1994. All Rights Reserved. From A Bad Case of the Giggles: Poems that will Make You Laugh out Loud. Running Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From A Bad Case of the Giggles: Poems that will Make You Laugh out Loud

The Giggles Are Gonna Get You!

Bolt the doors and get out of earshot when kids discover A Bad Case of the Giggles. One of the funniest collections of children’s poetry, this book includes creations from some of the most entertaining children’s poets, including Kenn Nesbitt, Bruce Lansky, Eric Ode, Bill Dodds, Joyce Armor, Linda Knaus, Eileen Spinelli, Robert Scotellaro, Rebecca Kai Dotlich and more.

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About the Author

Bill has had some three dozen books published. He’s not exactly sure how many. Yes, he could go back and count them but — and here’s a fun fact — he doesn’t want to. And besides, for some books he was a co-author. Do two co-authored books equal the same as one one-authored book? And what about anthologies? He didn’t write all the poems in them but each has included more than a couple of his. (For example, one that begins “Little Molly Peters stuck her finger up her nose.” Eat your heart out, Dante.)

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