Finish This Poem – “Dinner Dishes”

It was with heavy heart and grimace wide
That I—the piles of dinner dishes—spied.
With caked-on crumbs and bits of dried-on sauce;
The sticky bits remaining from first course.

I looked upon the bubbles rising high
And, reaching for the gloves, let out a sigh.
I ‘spose the dinner dishes must be done…

(Can you finish this poem? 😂😂😂)

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Finish This Poem – “Exploring”

I really like exploring
A wander through the woods.
I love to be intrepid
I find adventure good.
I love to be in nature
My hobby’s climbing trees
The problem’s when you’re up there…

(Can you finish this poem? 😂😂😂)

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One Very Odd Teacher

The wonderful Shalini from Digital Reads Blog Tours has just wrapped up a very thrilling week-long blog tour to celebrate the launch of One Very Odd Teacher (eBook |  Paperback) and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

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Some highlights from the reviews:

  • “There are some books like that which just make me happy. This is one of them.” ~Shalini
  • “Worth buying and reading again and again.” ~Sara from Avid Inspri
  • “I would highly recommend One Very Odd Teacher regardless of your age but especially if you have a pre-teen. It is One Very Terrific Book!” ~Mackey from MacsBooks
  • “One of the best children books I’ve read” ~María from Bookgraphy
  • “I love Robbie Yates’ writing. His sense of humor is enthralling, and I was laughing all the way through.” ~Jessica Rachow
  • “I loved it” ~Melissa from The Perfect Honeybee
  • “I recommend this book basically for everyone.” ~Dora from Swift Coffee
  • “A delightful read!” ~Jee from HookedOnBookz
  • “[A] fast paced fun story which I am sure the young readers will love.” ~Ruchi from TheVagabond
  • “Such a fun read with some lovely touches of child humour…..Faaaaaaaaart!” ~Lesley from Orlando Books
  • “I think Yates’ book is a perfect ‘in-between’ children’s novel, which is simple enough for its young audience that the plot is not over complicated, while similarly in-depth enough for the adult or parent reader to enjoy alongside.” ~Beth from About A Book Club
  • “I loved the story. The writing was crisp and easy to read” ~Rekha from The Book Decoder
  • “This book was laugh out loud, tears running down your face funny!” ~Berit from Audio Killed The Bookmark
  • “This book is a gift. A real treat. It made me smile and laugh and yeah, reminisce.” ~Lili from Lili’s Blissful Pages
  • “If you have a curious child around you, just like Adam, this is the best book you can gift him/her for this Christmas!” ~Maya Bhat
  • “[A] fun, entertaining, suspenseful mystery that kids would love to solve. I highly recommend this book to all young readers.” ~Yesha from Books Teacup and Reviews
  • “IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!” ~Nicole from The Bookworm Drinketh
  • “Amazing book by Robbie Yates” ~Shahnila from Untie Reader
  • “A fun read” ~Nina from The Cozy Pages
  • “Perfect stocking filler for Christmas.” ~Natalie from The Spoonie Mummy
  • “Adventurous Journey | Brilliant Characters | Thrilling Plot | PHENOMENAL WRITING!!” ~Justine from Bookish Wisps
  • You can also head over to Gratissoul to read an excerpt of the book.

Thank you so much to Shalini, and each of these bloggers—it has been a BLAST!


One Very Odd Teacher is available as an eBook or Paperback. Grab your copy today!

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Blog Tour: One Very Odd Teacher

To celebrate the launch of One Very Odd Teacher, which is now available at Amazon, the incredible Shalini from Digital Reads Blog Tours is coordinating a very exciting six-day Blog Tour for the book!

I am more excited than I can even express… it’s already been a blast and there are still five days to go!

Check out some of the reviews that have been posted so far, by the Super Shalini, the Marvelous Melissa, the Masterful Mackey and the Splendid Sara.

I am humbled and honored by the time and thought these incredible women have put into their reviews… can’t wait for Day Two!

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Blurb:

The humming noise got louder. Adam willed himself to focus. He had to finish his math test.

Suddenly, the noise became unbearable. He glanced up.

Mrs Murphy was inches away, leaning over another kid’s desk. Was the noise coming from her?


Every child remembers a teacher who was a little bizarre, prickly or ill-tempered. Some teachers, though, are very odd indeed, and warrant some closer attention…

This quirky chapter book will thrill kids who are adventurous, brave, and a little bit cheeky!


The book is available as an eBook or Paperback. Grab your copy today!

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New Book Release: One Very Odd Teacher

My new book—One Very Odd Teacher—has just been released on Amazon!

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Blurb:

The humming noise got louder. Adam willed himself to focus. He had to finish his math test.

Suddenly, the noise became unbearable. He glanced up.

Mrs Murphy was inches away, leaning over another kid’s desk. Was the noise coming from her?


Every child remembers a teacher who was a little bizarre, prickly or ill-tempered. Some teachers, though, are very odd indeed, and warrant some closer attention…

This quirky chapter book will thrill kids who are adventurous, brave, and a little bit cheeky!


The book is now available on Amazon as an eBook or Paperback. Grab your copy today!

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Treasure Hunting

Once upon a rocking boat
amid the rolling seas
bobbed a llama and a goat
who paddled in the breeze.
They used a map to find an isle
they’d only heard about
and as they rowed the final mile
they both began to shout.

The island had a treasure that
was very well renowned.
They grabbed their shovels and their hats
they pulled the boat aground.
They started their exploring; found
a likely spot to dig;
the llama bounced and leapt around
his treasure-finding jig.

They found the treasure soon enough
at least that’s what I’m told;
some precious stones and other stuff,
some piles of shiny gold.
The problem was, the boat could fit
no more than just the pair.
The two decided just to sit
and ponder in despair.

“Perhaps you take the boat, I’ll stay?”
the lovely llama said.
“You carry all the jewels away
and I’ll stay here instead.”
“Oh no,” said goat. “I won’t do that,
for you are treasure too!”
And shrugging in the sun they sat,
deciding what to do.

It soon grew dark and so they leapt
into their wooden boat.
They wished they could have somehow kept
the treasure and still float.
The thing they told their waiting friends
when docking at the moor:
“We found the treasure in the end—
it’s friendship we adore!”

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From The Archives: Ants

There’s nothing quite as bothersome as cheeky garden ants.
They’re tiny and unpleasant. They invade your underpants!
They bite, distract and fluster; they can overrun your street,
They crawl along your skin and then they nibble on your feet.

We’ve all been to a picnic where, like ill-timed summer rain,
The ants come uninvited, driving everyone insane.
Three or four decide to swim some laps inside the dip,
You have to pick off ants before you bite into a chip.

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I have my own ant story that’s inordinately worse.
One fated spring, I suffered from a ghastly insect curse.
The ants conspired—colluded—in a union of ant doom.
And soon enough, they made a plan to overrun my room.

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They came in through the window. You probably aren’t shocked.
But wait until I tell you that the window had been locked.
A dozen ants had come in to explore—a recon batch,
They checked the coast was clear and then they pried open the latch.

Mum always said my bedroom was the cause of half her stress.
She couldn’t stand the smell of it; the sight of all the mess.
“You’ll find a mouse one day,” she said. A mother’s warning tale.
I never knew my mess could cause a problem of this scale.

They started in my bedroom. They took my boiled sweets.
They emptied every drawer and nook of all my hidden treats.
They stole half-eaten cupcakes and then half-filled cans of pop.
But after taking all my food, they darn well didn’t stop.

GONE was all our cereal. GONE were cans of soup.
GONE was all the packet food, in one fell antsy swoop.
Mum glared at me, while holding up an empty bag of rice.
“It’s not my fault!” I said. “Besides! At least we don’t have lice!”

Original Illustrations © Robbie Yates 2017

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My Inbox

My online inbox brings me daily joy
With every new unopened piece of mail.
While others rue the emails that annoy,
I read each message fast and without fail.

Oh yes, I need to meet Hot Singles here—
It says there’s three online just standing by!
And yes, I need a detox, for I fear
My liver is too moist—or is it dry?

But more than that, I thank the souls that care
That send so many emails just to me;
If not for them I’d still be unaware
That I could get so many things for free!

Of course, I’ve felt most grateful ever since
I learned I’m to inherit from a Prince…

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