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Kid’s Corner: It’s Weird to Grow a Beard! By Neal Fox

Well! I couldn’t resist this book of poetry designed to encourage kids to write it. Thank Erik for bringing this book to our attention.

This Kid Reviews Books

Happy Monday!

On Saturday our family went to the races. This is what I did –


BUT – THIS is what my little sister Josie did –


Yup, that’s right! Josie is officially a racer. It was her fist race. I think that’s pretty cool! She wrote a post about it on her blog (click HERE) please check it out. I am very proud of her!

Now on to the review for today!

April is national poetry month and I have a great poetry book kids will love to tell you about!
weirdtogrowIt’s Weird to Grow a Beard!

By Neal Fox

60 pages – ages 4+

Published by CreateSpace on January 21, 2013 (ebook reviewed)

“It’s Weird to Grow a Beard” is full of a variety of funny poems about all kinds of things! From growing a weird beard, to a sandwich miles high, to a cat who swallowed…

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About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books.

4 comments on “Kid’s Corner: It’s Weird to Grow a Beard! By Neal Fox

  1. This is great!


    • ontheplumtree
      April 18, 2013

      Erik is 11 years old and he is as sharp as a little razor! He writes a great weekly review. And I will be doing what I can to encourage children to write poetry. Thanks for your visit Ampat.


  2. nealfox
    April 18, 2013

    Just wanted to thank you for posting about my book. This is my first book of poetry and illustrations so I’m really excited to see children’s reactions to it. You can get a free poem and illustration from the book at Amazon or at my site:
    And feel free to write to me anytime.



    • ontheplumtree
      April 18, 2013

      You are welcome. I am keen to promote poetry for children and by children on this site. I will shortly be publishing some stories written in rhyme. Let’s stay in touch. And many thanks Erik for drawing our attention to Neal’s book.


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