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Poetry Friday: A Monster in My Room

For this week’s Poetry Friday selection, in the spirit of Halloween, here is a monster poem and accompanying sketch. And please be sure to check out all the other poems in today’s round up hosted by Linda at TeacherDance. Happy Halloween everyone!

A Monster In My Room

A monster’s in my room tonight,
A monster with an appetite.
I serve him cake to be polite.
It’s homemade I boast.

Still I’m quite a Nervous Nellie
As I feed him scones with jelly,
Pie to fill his monstrous belly.
Pie he likes the most.

He’s alarming and I worry.
How I wish that he would scurry!
But this monster’s in no hurry
As he eats his toast.

Now he’s asking for more tea.
I offer cookies- naturally.
Oh why oh why’d I have to be
Such a gracious host?














Text and illustration copyright Iza Trapani


About the author

Iza Trapani I am a children's book author and illustrator, fan of Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss, lover of big dogs, aspiring yodeler. When not in my studio, I spend time outdoors and have climbed over many a mountain to see what I could see.

39 Responses to Poetry Friday: A Monster in My Room

  1. jama says:

    Cake and pie and scones and toast and cookies? You *are* a gracious host! More tea, please :D.

  2. Cathy Mealey says:

    Oh dear – he is eating you out of house and home! But truly, it’s crumbs in the sheets that would trouble me the most!

  3. Matt Forrest says:

    Cute poem, Iza! I really like the illustration, too!

  4. Hee! I love your pie-eating monster – so cute! But is it just me who can’t see the full color illustration? I see it as a faint reddish scan. Same thing happened on the last post. Could just be me. But he’s still a cutie!

    And you already know I love the poem. This was monsterly delicious! Please promise you’ll have scones and jelly when I come visit. 🙂

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Renee, it must be something on your end. It comes up fine on my computer, fine on my husband’s and no else has mentioned it.
      I will absolutely have scones and jelly among other things. I love to bake and really AM a gracious host!

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Renee, some other people mentioned seeing the pinkish scan. They used Firefox. When they switched to safari or internet explorer it was fine (gray pencil sketch on textured paper). I usually use safari but when I switched to Firefox – sure enough, it was a pink image. So it has to do with Firefox. I wonder how I’ll resolve that? I’ll contact my web designer…

  5. I love this, Iza! And I’m coming to your house 🙂

  6. This little monster has gone trick or treatin’ at your place! I love both the illustration and the poem. 🙂

  7. I am on my way, BBF! It all sounds delectable. No wonder Monster doesn’t want to leave. You gracious gal you! What an awesome poem and illustration. Monster is sooooooo cute. Hugs and loves to you BBF.

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Yes, please come BBF! I’ll bake you lots of desserts but first well have some brazen butternut squash soup 🙂 xoxo

  8. Violet N. says:

    Love the rhyme scheme in this, and the ending is perfect!

    I noticed the same thing as Renee about the illustration (very light and pinkish). So I decided to try a different browser (I usually use Firefox, so changed to Safari). Guess what – it’s quite different. Now I’m seeing a very cute bug-eyed monster rendered in pencil or charcoal on textured paper, sepia tones. Is that what I should be seeing?

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Thank you, Violet! It seems to be a recent issue with firefox. I usually use safari but just opened it in firefox and it was pink. Gotta get that fixed!

  9. I like stepping down on that “oast” sound at the end of each stanza, Iza.

    I, too, thought it was a faint pink (also on Firefox), so I switched to Internet Explorer and it’s charcoal–magic!

    Thanks for the poem and sketch, both!

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Thank you so much, April! I am glad you liked my poem and sketch 🙂 And thanks for letting me know about the image. This seems to be a recent issue on firefox. I usually use safari but when I looked at it in firefox I saw the pink image. Strange…

  10. I don’t normally care for monsters, but yours is adorable, Iza! 🙂

  11. Linda Baie says:

    Iza, I’m still trying to say hello to all the visitors from yesterday. Sorry I’m so late, but I’m so glad I finally arrived. I have a 3 year old granddaughter who is infatuated with monsters (not scared) so I hope you don’t mind if I print this for her. It is delightful, & will be loved for sure. I imagine some of our primary teachers at school will be delighted too. Thank you!

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Thank you Linda! Of course, share my picture with your granddaughter! It’s a black and white sketch of one of the monsters in my Halloween book, Haunted Party. Maybe she might enjoy that as well 🙂 Happy Halloween!

  12. What fun! And such a cute monster.

  13. Galit Breen says:

    Hee! Love it, Iza! Perfect Halloween poem to share with the littles this week!

    (Also? Cookies! Yum! :))

  14. Laura S. says:

    Fun poem! Be careful how much you spread the news of your graciousness, however. I’ve heard word of good eats spreads quickly in the monster world. =)

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  16. How yummy! Loved the poem and the illustration. Just out of curiosity, does that rhyme scheme have name? I am trying to learn these things 🙂

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Penny, thank you! I myself wish I knew what poetic form and rhyme scheme this is. I do it intuitively. There’s a name for it, but I don’t know what it is. I did an online search but it’s all so confusing….I’ll keep looking. I want to know too!

  17. Thanks Iza! I write my poetry and rhymes intuitively, too. I worry sometimes that they are incorrect in some way since I have no formal training and know very little about types of rhyme and/or terminology. I am slowly trying to learn more about it all.
    Secretly 🙂 it makes me feel a little better that your wrote such a charming poem and don’t know what the rhyme scheme is called…or even if it’s a rhyme scheme??? Is this the way you always write? Or do you have formal training? I just love your books and poetry!

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Hi Penny! I am glad to reassure you. I would enjoy a well taught course in poetry terminology, as I find it all confusing. My Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetic sits gathering dust…I was an art major in college and took every creative writing class I could, but I do not have a degree in either art or writing. Worrying that I would never make a living as an artist (ha!) I switched majors halfway through, earning a bogus degree in “Outdoor Recreation.” I was an avid rock climber at the time and couldn’t imagine spending my life indoors (ha! again). I became a rock climbing guide then wore other hats, but always continued to draw, paint and write and took courses after college. The important thing is to do what you love and keep improving your craft. In poetry, feel the rhythm, the pulse of the poem. Be more concerned with that than with knowing the terminology 🙂

  18. Wow! From rock climbing to children’s books. I enjoyed learning more about your journey through life. It is so interesting to hear where folks have been and where they are now. Thank you for sharing, and for the excellent advice. I will take that to heart.

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