Friday, October 16, 2015

Limerick Alley: Rebecca Colby

Jinxy Winxy

Look familiar?

           We've been here before. 

Limerick Alley.
Under the Halloween-inspired moonlight.

This time, no moaning and groaning about nightmare visits by zombies, crickets, or otherwise... though I make no promises about dinner guests.

That's because Rebecca Colby is here with a few guests of her own.


"What's for dinner?" by Astera-T


Be careful on Halloween night,
or vampires might give you a fright.
They gather in gangs,
with razor-sharp fangs,
just waiting for necks they can bite!

© 2015 Rebecca Colby. All rights reserved.

And Rebecca should know, because she has a fun picture book out this year with illustrator Steven Henry called It's Raining Bats & Frogs (Feiwel and Friends, 2015).

Rest assured, the bats in this story are relatively harmless. Just look at the adorable front cover!

Here's the synopsis from

A little witch named Delia has been looking forward all year to flying in the annual Witch Parade. When the rumors of rain come true and the other witches start complaining, Delia takes action. Using her best magic, Delia changes the rain to cats and dogs. At first this goes over quite well, but she quickly realizes the animals cause a few issues. She must change the rain again! This time to hats and clogs. And finally, she tries bats and frogs. But each new type of rain brings its own set of problems. How will Delia save the day?

You, too, can save the day by sharing this delightful picture book with all the little trick-or-treaters in your life!  

And speaking of treats... Gayle Krause is interviewing main character Delia Witch (and her author, Rebecca) today at The Storyteller's Scroll.

Many thanks to Rebecca for brewing up some storytelling magic for Limerick Alley!

Rebecca Colby is an award-winning picture book author and poet. Her books include: It’s Raining Bats & Frogs (Feiwel & Friends, 2015), There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie (Floris Picture Kelpies, 2014), and the forthcoming Motor Goose (Feiwel & Friends, 2017).

Before writing for children, Rebecca inspected pantyhose, taught English in Taiwan, worked for a Russian comedian, and traveled the world as a tour director. Learn more about Rebecca and her books (including free teacher's resource guides) at

Have you been thinking about the poem you might write for Marcus Ewert's DMC challenge? I'm looking for a few more to share as daily ditties. Marcus has challenged us to write love poems this month– about relationships that seem unrequited, but which end up being requited after all. Click HERE for more details.  Featured this week were poems by Tabatha Yeatts and Jessica Bigi.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has today's Poetry Friday roundup at The Poem Farm.


  1. This looks like an adorable book - I so like the idea of changing the rain over and over! I'll be wary of vampires in gangs too! Happy Poetry Friday - thank you for getting me in the Halloween spirit! xo

  2. I love a clever story! It has a lot of child appeal. My library's copy has arrived, but it's been checked out already. It'll probably be spring before it's back on the shelves!

  3. I absolutely love the title, IT'S RAINING BATS AND FROGS! How creative! I enjoyed Rebecca's fun limerick, too. Thanks so much for sharing this today, Michelle!

  4. Great limerick, Rebecca! I own Rebecca's book and I just love it! She is such a talented writer.
    Thanks for bringing us some Halloween fun on this October Friday, Michelle.

  5. Love the limerick, but even more, the book looks delightful, & a new fun Halloween book for the young ones. Thanks, Michele.

  6. What a deliciously fun poem *rubs neck*! Must check out the book too -- it sounds like a fun story.

  7. Thanks so much for having me today, Michelle! I love Halloween so writing today's limerick was loads of fun!

  8. Fun! Limericks are my favorite poems. :)

  9. Looks like such a cute book that my students would love!

    Fun limerick, too!

  10. I love It's Raining Bats and Frogs. Love, love love it! And now I love her vampire limerick. So cute. Thanks for the post.

  11. In honor of Rebecca's book:
    On Halloween, no one wants rain
    Because it makes corpse brides complain --
    It turns their dresses
    To dank smelly messes
    And sends their 'dos straight down the drain!
    (Needs an illustration with a bald corpse bride)

  12. This is so fun and clever. Who knew there were so many things that rhyme with cats and dogs?

  13. I loved Rebecca's Wee Lassie, so I'm sure this one is a blast...and kids will love it!

  14. Limerick double delights - both Rebecca and Tabatha! I'm going to look for Rebecca's book ASAP. Thanks for another delightful post, Michelle! =)

  15. Thank you for introducing me to this book. It looks like fun.
    Ah, it is time to start practising limericks again. Thank you for the inspiration.