The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Three Limericks

Listen to Gillian read her Limericks ...
There was an old woman from Luss
Who kicked up a terrible fuss
Over things that don’t matter
like which pancake was flatter
And the colour of seats on the bus.


There once was a tiger called Ben
Who always rang doorbells, and when
you had answered the door
he would give a huge roar,
then he’d run off and do it again.


There was an old man from Dundee
who was suddenly stung by a bee.
A mosquito flew by,
poked the bee in the eye,
and a wasp kicked it hard on the knee.

About the Writer


Gillian Spiller

Gillian is a poet and children’s author from Scotland, who has spent many years in S-E Asia and the Middle East. She is the author of three picture books, The Blue Sock (2019), Star Sailor (2020) and On The Shelf (2021) (Marshall Cavendish Ltd. (Asia)). Some of her children’s poetry is on the British Council’s LearnEnglishKids website. She also writes poetry as Gillian Craig, with poems published by New Writing Scotland, Orbis and 192 magazine among others.