CREATURE CARNIVAL
Illustrated by: Gris Grimly
Published by: Hyperion Books for Children, 2004
Awards: Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book, 2004.
Copyright © Marilyn Singer 2004

Creature Carnival

(excerpt)

NESSIE
Thousands of miles
from the fair Loch Ness banks,
Swimming in one
of the world’s largest tanks,
(You can feed her some fishes,
but don’t expect thanks)
This way to our greatest attraction!
Is she chartreuse
or is she vermilion?
Is she amphibious?
Is she reptilian?
Is she just one–
or just one in a million?
She stirs up a major reaction!
Holding her breath?
She can do it with ease.
(Though there is some concern
if she happens to sneeze.)
Stay away from the edge
and no flash pictures, please.
You might glimpse the tiniest fraction.
(No refunds for dissatisfaction.)
This way to see Nessie in action!