The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

A Wobbly Success Story

Listen to Val reading her poem ...
Dad says: ‘this is how you do it,
Just push, pedal, gli-i-de
.’
But it’s not that easy
learning to ride

a two wheeled wobbly monster,
with a mind of its own.
Push, pedal, wobble, wobble,
crash down on the stone.

Come on,’ Dad says, ‘try again,
just believe you can
.’
‘I’m trying Dad, but falling off
wasn’t in my plan.’

‘Hold on to me Dad, Da-a-d,
please don’t let me go.’
Okay, I’m holding the saddle,
Now push, pedal, GO!


‘I can’t do it, I can’t do it,
D-A-A-D, where are you…?
Oh, look at me, I’m doing it,
I’m riding my bike – WAHOO!’

About the Writer


Val Harris

Val has had several winning and commended poems for adults published in Writers Forum Magazine. She has self-published four novels. Recently she's been writing for children, beginning with rhyming picture books, soon realising her greatest enjoyment was writing poetry. Val is a member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).