Billy the Hero(13 Posts)
Wrote this for my dd2's 5th birthday and read it to the kids just before tea - went down a treat so I thought I would massage my ego and post it on here:
Billy the Hero
A long time ago at the top of a hill,
There was an old house I think its there still.
It had rickety windows and creaking old doors,
It had moth-eaten curtains and worm-ridden floors.
Nobody lived in that creepy old house,
No one, that is, except Billy the mouse.
Billy lived in the attic, right at the top,
(From the roof to the ground was a mighty big drop),
He lived all alone and was quite content,
With his large attic space at a very low rent.
Billy was brave and Billy was bright,
He wasnt afraid of the dark or the night,
He wasnt worried about spiders or bats,
But there was one thing he didnt like. Can you guess? It was cats!
Cats long and fluffy, cats skinny and thin,
Small cats, stripy cats, fat ones that grin,
Cats with long whiskers, cats short or tall,
No exaggeration he hated them ALL!
As he looked out of his house at the world going by,
All the cats in the neighbourhood soon caught his eye,
He spied them all out, did that brave and bright mouse
At the top of the hill, at the top of the house.
How I dislike those furballs! Billy shivered.
From his tail to his whiskers he quaked and he quivered.
Ive lost so many friends to a feline snack,
Perhaps one day I could get my own back!
Of all the cats who lived near Billys hill,
There was one cat he hated more fervently still,
This cat was lean and mean and rough,
And all round the hill he was known as Tom Tough.
Tom the Tough was a cat most nasty,
Hed eat a mouse the way youd eat a pasty,
Hed never a thought for the poor orphaned mice
When he ate mum and dad in two words hes NOT NICE!
Billy sat in his attic, watching Tough Tom prowl,
On his face there was the most dreadful scowl,
Ill get that cat, if its the last thing I do!
(Then he held his breath till his face went blue).
He breathed again and his face turned pink,
Aha! he said, with a nod and a wink,
I have a plan that cant go wrong,
I know a way to deal with Tough Tom!
And he leaned out of the window at the top of the house,
And at the top of his voice (quite high for a mouse),
He called out to Tom the Tough on his round,
Hey, fat cat! Yes, you on the ground!
Youre fat and youre smelly and all four feet stink!
If you fall in the bath your tail will shrink!
You think that youre tough but I know that Im right,
I bet you wont dare come up here for a fight!
Quick as a flash Tom the Tough leapt the gate
And careered up the path at a tremendous rate.
He entered the house through a hole in the door,
And made his way up to the worm-ridden top floor.
Up the stairs he crept till he got to the attic,
But Billy our hero he hadnt been static,
He had hitched himself to a piece of string,
Which was attached to the window not quite dangling.
Oho! he yelled to the furious Tom Tough,
Arent you the fancy bit of stuff!
Go on then, catch me if you will!
And he stood on the edge of the windowsill.
Tough Toms eyes narrowed he leapt in the air
What a beautiful leap what style, what flair!
What an idiot, what a fool, through the window he went,
And realised he was making his final descent!
Billy swung on his string, and then he laughed,
He thinks hes clever, but really hes daft!
He let thought of his dinner get in the way of his sense,
And now hes flattened himself on the fence!
A long time ago at the top of the hill,
There was an old house and Im sure its there still
Have you thought of finding someone to illustrate it??
miaou, that's brilliant!
(Can tell you're a northerner though - pasty and nasty don't rhyme darn sarf!)
I agree it would make a fantastic children's book.
I don't think it's a matter of finding an illustrator, though, Soupy. I think if she submits it to the children's division of a publisher, or an agent, the publisher (if it's accepted) will find an illustrator. Really good stuff, miaou.
Golly, didn't expect that reaction - thanks!!!
TBH I had wondered about publishing it, but wondered if the ending was a bit...violent, shall we say?
JanH, GUFFAW re the pasty/nasty thing - I never thought of that!!!!
Kids love violent endings! It's not *that* violent.
God...violent?! Have you read the original Ladybird Fairy tales? They are all blod and gore...ds LOVES them!
Miaou, I love this. You obviously have a flair for this kind of storytelling. Have you thought of approaching a publisher? And the idea of getting and illustrator is a good one too.
Fabulous Miaou, you are an undiscovered talent.
this is great - I hope you get it illustrated and published I can just imagine the book it will make ...
I keep printing it out and making lists of possible publishers/agents, then bottling out at the last minute....
My grandkids will probably find it gathering dust on a shelf at this rate!
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