An original collection of rhymes celebrating a selection of extremely old-fashioned words that are dying in dusty old Dictionaries on forgotten shelves everywhere. It was challenging, but a lot of fun to take a bypass of this ‘fast lane’ we travel today, with its universal use of SMS language and acronyms smothering so much of value.
I believe this e-book for children will be equally entertaining for any adult who shares it – jogging memories of yesteryears and yesterday’s characters. I have suggested on my booksite that if you are not laughing by the time you’ve rolled some of these words around your mouth a few times, then you should look in the mirror as you do so.
The front cover features one of the characters inside – it’s ‘Chester the Chicken’, who is actually not a chicken at all – just a little character somehow reminiscent of Casper the Friendly Ghost. Remember him? Maybe a brother… or son… grandson maybe?
I hope my readers will find a renewed love of words, with all their pronunciations and meanings as listed in Glossaries after each rhyme, plus a full alphabetical list in the back of the book. A further dream is that curious minds will go searching through the myriad of magical words in dictionaries, and fetch them out and resuscitate them – for the pure joy of bringing them back into currency.
Somehow, these wondrous words lend themselves to characterisation. Try it and please tell me if I’m wrong… like my personal favourite, the ‘Slubberdegullion’ – what a word, what a character. “… nose like a bunion, smells like an onion”? Surely that brings a smile to the face, just imagining the word picture created? And ‘Circumbendibus’ – now how many rolls does that do around the tongue, and check out the lip movements it requires. Read the following book excerpt and tell me if you disagree.
Targeted Age Group: 4-10
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
One day I was thinking about the number of old-time words that are getting lost in today’s abbreviated language, and as I ‘moodled’ about these, I found inspiration for ‘The Gross Gang’ – a collection of rhymes about a group of disorderly and often obnoxious characters inspired by the antiquated words I chose – words that have mostly ‘seen better days’. In other words, they are old-fashioned and rarely spoken in today’s modern world, and I thought… surely we cannot allow so many wondrous old words to die and be lost to us forever?
I had so much fun with these tongue-twisters… further inspiring me to provide explanations and assistance with pronunciation after each individual rhyme. All share the same delightful joy of rolling them around the tongue, and leave the reader imagining these quite lovable characters and their antics. Every reader is bound to find a character who is strangely reminiscent of a person they know… or maybe even find their own reflection.
Make way for the Circumbendibus,
To stay will mean the end of us.
She’s twirling and twisting and tearing along,
Winding into a whirligig – whistling her song.
Her head’s on a swivel, she sees everything.
A regular tornado – truly dizzying!
All is swept before here, all is wrenched away,
Better hide beneath the bed – quickly, don’t delay!
Just make way for the Circumbendibus!
We’ve made a mess, and MUM is after us!
a roundabout way; indirect; rambling
whirling, revolving object; a giddy person; a spinning top
About the Author:
I am Christine – a wife, mother, grandmother, and throughout each of these also a farmer for 40+ years.
I’m a ‘used to be’ – Secretary, Lifeline Telephone Counsellor, Community Careworker, Student Mentor, and Tutor.
Today I’m a born-again writer, after successfully completing a respected writing course back in the 1970’s. One of my markers of that time suggested – ‘I fear for your work at the hands of hard-nosed editors who regard all love as sentimental nonsense’. He was right. I couldn’t handle the rejections of my story submissions, and put my creations aside, believing I had an over-inflated opinion of my work, and actually had no talent. Despite this, once in a while over the years, I would fan the embers and try again… with the same result.
Success and recognition came at last a couple of years ago thanks to my creations on Squidoo and Ezine Articles, when a different writing career than I had envisaged began. An online journal led to my own website, and the recent creation of my booksite, ceedee4kids dedicated to my children’s stories. At last all paths have led me to self-publishing success with my series of children’s e-books, and the first book in a series of farming memoirs now in its final editing stages – to be published as soon as I can wrap my head around the requirements of submission to Smashwords, my latest giant learning curve.
Several more children’s books are also in various stages in my ‘think tank’ or in the roughest draft forms. Please keep watching out for my name.