The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


Listen to Kathryn read her poem ...
Kangaroo stretch.
Kangaroo crawl.
Kangaroo nibble.
Kangaroo call.

Joey wriggle.
Joey slouch.
Joey jumble
in the pouch.

Kangaroo coughs.
Tail thumps.
Danger. Warning.
Kangaroo jumps.
Picture from Kathryn Apel
Picture from Kathryn Apel

About the Writer

Kathryn Apel

Kathryn is a born-and-bred farm girl who’s scared of cows. She lives among the gum trees, kangaroos and cattle on an Australian grazing property. Kathryn is the author of multiple verse novels and rhyming picture books, including ‘The Bird in the Herd’. She’s perhaps best known for her shape poem, ‘Big Blue Whale’. Kat loves pumping poetry because she can flex her muscles across genres, to bend (and break) writing rules. Find Kat (and the ‘Big Blue Whale’) at