Tag Archives: Nonsense


My dad’s thumb

Can stick pins in wood

Without flinching

It can crush family size matchboxes

In one stroke

And lever off  jam-jar lids without piercing

At the pierce here sign

If it wanted

It could be a bath-plug

Or a paint-scraper

A keyhole cover or a tap-tightener

It’s already a great nutcracker

And it it dressed up

It could easily pass

As a broad bean or big toe

In actual fact it’s quite simply

The world’s fastest envelope burster

(Written by Michael Rosen)




If you can jigaloo


I can do

The jigaloo too

For I’m the jiggiest

Jigaloo kangaroo

Jigaloo all night through

Jigaloo all night through

If you can boogaloo


I can do

The boogaloo too

For I’m the boogiest

Boogaloo kangaroo

Boogaloo all night through

Boogaloo all night through

But bet you can’t hopaloo


Like I can do

For I”m the hoppiest

Hopaloo kangaroo

Hopaloo all night through

Hopaloo all night through

Gonna show you steps

You never knew

And guess what guys ?

My baby in my pouch

Will be dancing too

(Written by John Agard)



Sing me a song of teapots and trumpets

Trumpets and teapets

And tippets and taps

Trippers and trappers

And jelly bean wrappers

And pigs in pajamas

With zippers and snaps

Sing me a song of sneakers and snoopers

Snookers and sneapers

And snappers and snacks

Snorkels and snarkles

A seagull that gargles

And gargoyles and gryphons

And other knick knacks

Sing me a song pf parsnips and pickles

Picsnips and parkles

And pumpkins and pears

Plumbers and mummers

And kettle drum drummers

And plum jam (yum-yum jam)

All over their chairs

Sing me a song –

But never you mind it !

I’ve had enough of this nonsense. Don’t cry

Criers and fliers

And onion ring fryers –

It’s more than I want to put up with !

Good-by !

(Written by N M Bodecker)



Be glad your nose is on your face

Not pasted on some other place

For if it were where it is not

You might dislike your nose a lot

Imagine if your precious nose

Were sandwiched in  between your toes

That clearly would not be a treat

For you’d be forced to smell your feet

Your nose would be a source of dread

Were it attached atop your head

It soon would drive you to despair

Forever tickled by your hair

Within your ear your nose would be

An absolute catastrophe

For when you were obliged to sneeze

Your brain would rattle from the breeze

Your nose instead through thick and thin

Remains between your eyes and chin

Not pasted on some other place

Be glad your nose is on your face

(Written by Jack Prelutsky)




Nellie Bligh

Caught a fly

And kept it as a pet

Taking it to school with her

To learn the alphabet


Old King Cole was a merry old soul

His crown was tall and twisty

It had a flashing light on top

For when the nights were misty


Pussy cat,  pussy cat, where have you been ?

Under the waves in a submarine

Pussy cat Pussy cat what did you see ?

A wobbly jellyfish goggling at me


The Queen of Hearts she made some tarts

From spiders dust and soil

And broken bricks

And stones and sticks

And squirts of engine oil


Rain rain go away

You’re shrinking me I fear

Please won’t you stop

Another drop

Will make me disappear


Simple Simon bought a pie

But when he took a bite

A caterpillar wriggled out

To spoil his appetite


Twinkle twinkle little frog

Shivering in your puddle

Hop out of the soggy bog

Come and have a cuddle


Up and down the city road

Round and round the market

Riding on my dinosaur

Wherever I can park it


Vicky sweet

Got both her feet

Stuck inside one shoe

Now she bounces everywhere

Like a kangaroo


Willie Winkie runs through the street

Shoes on his hands gloves on his feet

People are pointing all over town

Wee Willie Winkie’s upside down


X was an eXplorer

He explored the mountain heights

In an orange balaclava

And a pair of purple tights


Yankee Doodle came to town

Did he take the bus

No he put a saddle

On a hippopotamus


Zachary Dapp

Started to flap

Started to flutter and squawk

Climbed on a chair

Jumped in the air

And flew round the room like a hawk

(Written by Richard Edwards and illustrated by Chris Fisher)


Andy Dandy’s legs were bandy

Andy’s legs were bent

Through Andy Dandy’s bandy legs

The trains to Scotland went


Bobby Shafto’s gone to sea

Sailing with a chimpanzee

They’ll be back at half past three

Bonnie Bobby Shafto


Cock a doodle doo !

I think I’ve caught the flu

Shiver shiver cough cough

Atchoo ! Atchoo ! Atchoo !


Doctor Foster went to Gloucester

On a winter’s day

An icicle froze

On the end of his nose

And didn’t fall off till May


Elsie Marley looks so fine

Dancing down the washing line

Will you be my valentine

Lovely Elsie Marley ?


Fee fi fo fum

Little Freddie’s looking glum

How to make him giggle

Give his toe a wiggle


Georgie Peorgie pudding and pie

Thought he’d catch a fish to fry

Cast a line above his head

Caught an aeroplane instead


Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

He didn’t get bruised, he didn’t get bumped

Humpty Dumpty bungee jumped.


I had a little nut tree

I gave the tree a whack

The tree said  “Oi !

You naughty boy !”

And whacked me sharply back


Jack Spratt could eat no fat

No sausages no stew

His beard was much too bristly

And it wouldn’t let things through


Katie Beardie had a cow

That learnt to drive. Don’t ask me how

The other cows just moo or sleep

But Katie’s cow goes Beep ! Beep ! Beep !


Little Bo Peep has washed her sheep

They’d got so grey and greasy

But after a scrub

In a soapy tub

They came out white and fleecy


Mary Mary quite contrary

What does your garden hide ?

Beetles and bugs

Slithery slugs

And shells with snails inside

(Written by Richard Edwards and illustrated by Chris Fisher)