Bob Fessler found inspiration from such great children's poets as Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss; however, his enthusiasm for poetry has been inspired by his six grandchildren. Poems such as "Skully the Skunk," "Freddy the Frog," "Haircut," and "The Gator with the Cloak and the Cup" offer poetic tales with "morals to the stories" that children will find funny. "Hey, You Aren't the Boss of Me," "I Wouldn't Want to Be a Mom," and "The Name Game" speak to children's relationships with family. All of the poems in Part 1 of this book provide views of the world as seen through the eyes of children and teenagers. Part 2 offers adults and parents both humorous and serious poems that make the book entertaining for everyone.
Bob Fessler has lived in several places throughout the United States over the years, but currently calls Newberg, Oregon, home. He and Susan, his wife of thirty-six years, enjoy their three children and all of their grandchildren. His work has allowed him to experience places and people from all over the world and one thing is clear... children are children everywhere. Our young people bring intelligence, innocence, and imagination to a world that needs to smile and simply not take itself too seriously.
It is hoped that you will find something in this book that inspires you to share it with a child, a family member, a neighbor, a friend, or someone who just needs to smile. The poem "What Could I Do?" looks at the troubles of the world through the eyes of a seven-year-old and concludes, "I wonder why adults I see just go on with their day when they see the sun behind the clouds and skies have turned to gray." This one serious children's poem reminds us that our young people are paying attention to the world around them. Read these poems to your children before they go to sleep at night and everyone will end their day with a smile.