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The Shockerdile Tales - for big kids of all ages

72 A4 pages of rhyming poems for 8-12-year-olds who like a spot of irreverent, scary, and sometimes gory stories in verse to read, write and illustrate, ideal class material for adventurous teachers and creative parents:

PDF download - £2.50 

WIRE-BOUND PRINT copy - £10 (including UK postage)

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Over 50 minutes of children's stories in verse read by Nicholas Trumble. Please note, the audiobook does not include the prompt lines and word search puzzle included in the print or PDF version, for obvious reasons. 

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£10.00 for the print version





Aunty Moo’s Widget  -  this poem was inspired by my sister who is Aunty Moo to my children.
An aardvark and a platypus  -  write your own poem
Barney the Barn Owl  -  inspired by a horrific episode of Springwatch.
Shockerdile Wordsearch    
There was a man from Kazakhstan
  -  write your own poem
The Walrus and the Carpenter - by Lewis Carroll from Through the Looking Glass
In olden days when nights were dark  -  write your own poem
The Dreadful Story About Harriet and the Matches  -  a classic poem from Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffman.
The Three Billy Goats of Gruff  -  my version of the old children’s classic.
A boy call Terry Walkowitz who lived in Ecclefechan  -  write your own poem
Peter Piper Unpacks His Trunk  -  inspired by my Mother-in-Law’s response to nose-picking children.
Never Run From a Polar Bear  -  from a story a young boy told his mum, which she then told me.
Rodney Port  -  probably my reaction to enforced P.E. lessons at school.
A Chilly Roman Soldier Who Lived at Vindolanda  -  write your own poem
Esmerelda Wunderbare, a super girl with superpowers  -  write your own poem
Josh & The Shockerdile  -  inspired by the fertile imagination of my youngest son when he was about three.
The Story of the Man That Went Out Shooting  -  Another classic morality tale from Struwwelpeter.
Through the Looking Glass Wordsearch
The Evolution of the Long-Necked Mottled Brown and Yellow Horse 
-  Giraffes are just mad.
Froggy things to avoid
Frogs and Toads
An astronaut called Vladimir who came from cold Siberia 
-  write your own poem
The Princess & The Pea  -  the classic tale of a spoilt child retold.
The Big Bad Wolf & The Three Little Pigs  -  how to turn a wolf vegetarian.
Goldilocks gets an ASBO  -  a modern take on the three bears story.
Mrs Dickens’ Chickens  -  beware the golden rule 
In Indiana lived a girl whose name was Sally Foster  -  write your own poem.
The Moony’s Out  -  about my old cat who was the most efficient rodent killer.
The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb  -  probably the most well known of the Struwwelpeter stories.
Annie Anaconda to Zoe the Zebra - an alphabet poem to illustrate    
Aliens Don’t Like Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream Or Noisy Children 
- well who does?
Shock-headed Peter - from Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann


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