The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

A Fancy Pet

If you want a fancy pet,
Here’s the sort that you could get:
A floral Hippopotamus,
A zigzag striped Rhinoceros,
A polka dotted Octopus,
Or starry Duck-billed Platypus.
But if you can’t get one like that,
Go get a plain old Pussycat!

About the Writer

Colin West

Colin lives in Battle, East Sussex. He studied Graphic Design and Illustration and has written and illustrated over 50 children’s books. His poems have appeared in anthologies by Roger McGough and Julia Donaldson. He now writes purely for his own pleasure and enjoys collecting old books, mainly of poetry.