The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


Pinch hit playing baseball
Pinch pot in the clay
Pinch of salt, it’s not a lot
In a pinch be there, or not

Pinch me, I am dreaming
Pinched nerve, it’s a pain
They pinched my best eraser
Don’t do that again!

About the Writer

Melinda Szymanik

Melinda is an award-winning New Zealand author of picture books, short stories and novels for children and young adults. Notable titles include The Were-Nana (Scholastic, 2008) winner of Children’s Choice at the 2009 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards, A Winter’s Day in 1939 (Scholastic, 2013) winner of Librarian’s Choice at the 2014 LIANZA Awards, and Fuzzy Doodle (Scholastic, 2016) a 2017 White Raven selection. She also writes poetry for adults and children, and regularly teaches creative writing.