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WIN! With our Roald Dahl poem challenge!!!

WIN a fantastic prize with the Tidy Books Roald Dahl Poem Competition!!!

You could be the swishwifflingly gloriumptious winner of Roald Dahl books! Win a set of Roald Dahl books, and a Tidy Books Bunk Bed Buddy to curl up with!

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We know you’re a creative, book loving bunch, so join in and help us celebrate Roald Dahl Day on September 13th with our swizzfiggling competition!

All you need to do is to create a scrumdiddlyumptious poem, starting with the famous lines from Roald Dahl’s poem Mike Teavee...

“The most important thing we've learned,

So far as children are concerned”

What would you write next? It can be as long or as short as you like!

The Tidy Books team will pick a shortlist of the funniest, most Dahl like poems, and we’ll post them up on the blog for you to help us choose a winner. The lucky, and very clever winner will receive a set of Roald Dahl books and a Tidy Books Bunk Bed Buddy to put them in, making the top bunk even more snugglyumptious!

TO WIN this fantastic prize write a poem in the the comments box below using the first two lines of Roald Dahl's poem Mike Teavee

“The most important thing we've learned, 

So far as children are concerned”

So we can notify the winner please comfirm on our Facebook page that you have entered.

 

125 thoughts on “WIN! With our Roald Dahl poem challenge!!!”

  • Gill Colling

    “The most important thing we’ve learned,

    So far as children are concerned”

    What we expect and what we see

    are not the same as what things be.

    That anthill into which they dig,

    Is a battlefield oh so big,

    where six-legged warriors will defend

    their queen and family to the end.

    The dirt washed from them in the bath

    tells tales of joy and fun and wrath

    of digging deep to see what's there

    and falls and fights without a care.

    So maybe if we stop to see

    and listen to them maybe we

    can learn to see through eyes

    would what we see be a surprise?

    Reply
  • katie walters

    “The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned”
    Is that mommy & daddy love us,
    And in them we can trust.
    We've learned that puddle jumpings fun,
    and we never say no to playing outside in the sun.
    Cuddles are great, even better when were sleepy,
    And books are amazing, what adventures to see.
    Being a child is great; no worries, lots of play,
    And new adventures everyday

    Reply
  • Sarah-Jane Laycock
    Sarah-Jane Laycock September 6, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    “The most important thing we’ve learned,

    So far as children are concerned”

    That behind the angelic face

    Lies the potential for disgrace


    Embarrassment and shame WILL follow

    Your apologies WILL sound hollow

    As the next generation takes shape

    Your mouth frequently will end up agape!


    Laughter, tantrums and tears

    Induce hope, pride and deep fears

    But before you utter that moan

    Remember the best is home grown....................

    Reply
  • Denise

    The most important thing that we have learned
    So far as children are concerned
    Is that their love isn't given
    It has to be Earned

    Reply
  • felicity hancock

    The most important thing that we have learned
    So far as children are concerned
    is if they don't eat and sleep
    they keep under your feet
    and its much less fun being stern!

    Reply
  • amelia avossa

    The most important thing we’ve learned,

    So far as children are concerned

    That greens taste yucky

    And its fun to get very mucky

    You must wrap up warm when its cold.

    And always be nice to the very old

    A nice roald dahl book before bed

    makes dream fantastical in your head :)

    Reply
  • ToCo

    “The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned”...
    teach them well,
    in ten fold...it will be returned".

    Love, patience, praise,
    A parent will realize,
    how important these are,
    in your children's eyes!

    Reply
  • Jenny

    The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    Is that we must feed their imaginations,
    With books and poetic creations,
    Allowing them to remain children for longer,
    And their desire for playing to be stronger,
    Making marvelous medicines, using all the kitchen supplies,
    Acting like a Twit, and sometimes telling naughty lies,
    Laughing at Revolting Rhymes, they can be such Dirty Beasts,
    Always on the look out for their next chocolate cake feast,
    Hiding from Witches, underneath the bed,
    Wishing you had read them Matilda instead,
    So many books to choose from, who could say which is the best,
    Through Roald Dahl's writing, we truly have been blessed.

    Reply
  • Melanie C

    The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned

    Is to never leave the crusts on bread
    of sandwiches that are being fed
    and to never assume that fruit or meat
    are suitable alternatives to all things sweet

    and to always buy the shoes with the laces
    to see the confused looks on their faces
    but to offer to help to tie the knots
    before they become falling little tots

    and that something really small
    like learning to catch a ball
    is a really big achievement, see?
    And should be greeted with praise and glee

    and when the team wins and you couldn't be prouder
    to pray that you've got enough washing powder
    to remove the demon grass stains that are dawning
    ready for practise first thing in the morning!

    Reply
  • Beverley Gibbs

    The most important thing we've learned,
    so far as children are concerned,
    is the things they like very much,
    are the precious things they muct not touch!

    So mummy's favourite word is "No!"
    she shouts it all day long
    It's mostly aimed at what I'm touching
    it seems all I touch is wrong!

    She tells me "don't touch that"
    and "leave that thing alone"
    It's surprising how many things
    are out of bounds at home!

    I'm never allowed to explore
    glasses, plug sockets and wires.
    She even says I can't touch matches
    "because they might start fires!"

    She says I should just play with
    my teddy-bears and toys,
    But doesn't mummy understand
    they're no fun for little boys?

    Little boys love shiny things,
    and things they should not touch.
    It's all the things that are not mine
    that I like very much.

    I do try to keep mum happy
    and just play with all my toys,
    But when mummy's not looking
    I'll try not to make noise...

    as I explore all the ornaments
    and pull things to the ground,
    and sit amongst the forbidden things;
    the cool stuff that I've found!

    When mummy sees what I have done
    I'll look at her and smile,
    and I know that smile will make sure
    she's only angry for a while!

    For now I've learnt my lesson
    and I'll play nicely on the floor.
    But secretly I'm eyeing up
    other cool stuff to explore!

    Reply
  • Gilla

    The most important thing we’ve learned,
    so far as children are concerned,
    is that is is completely absurd
    to expect them to be seen but never heard.

    Reply
  • cheryl dawn lovell
    cheryl dawn lovell September 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    the most important thing we've learned,
    so far as children are concerned
    is that they need lots love and a stable home
    and not to have fighting parents and feel like a pawn
    a cuddle at night and a consistent routine,
    to encourage their potential and not demean.
    A hot meal at night and a warm bed to sleep,
    Kisses and cuddles and the odd treat.
    They need to feel special, safe and loved
    an adult to rely on and not an ounce of distrust

    when they are older, they need some space
    spreading their wings at a slow pace
    mistakes they will make, but we hope only a few
    but they will have some support, hopefully from you

    Reply
  • Lisa Dent

    The most important thing we’ve learned
    As far as children are concerned
    Is give them lots of food and drink
    Wash their clothes so they don’t stink
    Let them skip and jump and run
    Every day they must have fun
    Hug them tight when they feel sad
    Laugh inside when they drive you mad
    Read them books and make up rhymes
    Let imagination shine
    So if you’re looking for advice
    These few words, so true and nice
    There are greater things for your concern
    Just love your kids and you’ll soon learn

    Reply
  • Georgie

    The most important thing we've learned,
    As far as children are concerned,
    Is patience, kindness, love and time,
    And don't forget that glass of wine!

    Reply
  • Stacey Gahan

    The most important thing we've learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    Is that we must show them love everyday,
    And scare their imaginary demons away,
    We must teach them well and make them smile,
    And encourage them to go the extra mile,
    We must stand by proudly and watch them grow,
    But remember we're the parents,
    We're allowed to say no.

    Reply
  • Lisa Troccoli

    “The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned”
    is to let them be children happy and free,
    help them learn so school is a breeze,
    take them to swimming, football and gym,
    giving them things of which we only dreamed,
    fly on a plane or travel by road,
    see the sea, sand and other foreign lands,
    admire them as they ride on their bikes,
    knowing you taught them these special things,
    smile when santa and the tooth fairy come,
    because innocence is the most beautiful thing.

    Reply
  • Sam

    The most important thing we've learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    Is that you don't need lots and lots of pennies
    To entertain your tiny babies.
    No need for stacks and stacks of toys
    For passing the time of girls and boys,
    All you need is your cleverumptious brain
    And imagination to entertain.

    From building dens with blankets and chairs,
    To roaring in a dinoflompers lair,
    Cardboard boxes take off 5-4-3-2-1
    Flying up to the planet of the Wumblewom.

    Flying kinglekomplers on a windy day,
    Splashing in pudgewunkles is just child's play.
    It doesn't cost to spend a day at the park
    kicking up leafwifflers and listening for snarks.

    If the weather's horridumfus you can just stay inside,
    Dancing like loonpopplers to music and rhyme.
    Wizzdoodling on paper with pencils and pens
    Inviting over to play your specialdifferous friends.

    Now parents your most important quality
    Is not to offer the latest fizzwongling novelty
    What a child needs more than once in a while
    Is your time to play, be sillyoncious and smile.

    Sam @happyhomebird

    Reply
  • Cindy Gillespie

    “The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned”
    is that they are a funny crowd
    who are in the most rather loud.

    They wake you up by jumping upon
    the bed, in wellies at the crack of dawn
    and constantly throughout the day
    demand to be fed, entertained and let out to play.

    The noise continues without a stop
    until their batteries run out and they drop.
    Then it's up the stairs to bed they go
    with James and the Giant Peach in tow.

    They know each word, none can be missed
    then their eyes slowly close and they're goodnight kissed.
    They get up in the morning and you're just waiting on when
    they'll start jumping all over the bed once again.

    Reply
  • Kelly Hooper

    The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned
    Is that though they may be very small
    They're guaranteed to soon be tall

    You may get handprints on the wall
    And many tears each time they fall
    But soon they grow and move away
    So you should enjoy each and every day.

    Let them paint and make a mess
    stay calm each time they act a pest
    For when they've grown and calm is here
    you'll miss the noise . . . until grandkids appear ;)

    Reply
  • shelley cooper

    The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned
    That the monster lurking beneath the bed
    is more than an imaginary beast in her head
    it has fangs and breath that is terribly smelly
    and jaw so square it could of possibly swallowed a telly
    you look beneath there and all you see is my crocodile slippers
    I look beneath there I see scary, chattering nippers
    sending me all into a shivery quiver
    like the feeling I get when you make me eat liver
    so remember when I climb the stairs tonight
    as you kiss me slurrrppp and tuck me in tight
    that im likely to need a drink or an extra story read
    cause you know that monster is not just in my head!

    Reply
  • CHRISTINE ANDREWS
    CHRISTINE ANDREWS September 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    The most important thing we've learned
    So far as children are concerned
    That unconditional love
    When push comes to shove
    Is most definitely returned

    Reply
  • Jenny Smurthwaite
    Jenny Smurthwaite September 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    The most important thing we've learned,
    as far as children are concerned
    Is that they need fun and games
    And that has been confirmed!
    So next time you hear 'I'm bored'
    Its crucial it is not ignored
    Give her or him a book to read
    A happy child will be restored

    Reply
  • Chloe

    The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    Is don't leave them stuck indoors,
    While you get on with boring chores,
    Take them out and go to the park,
    Do your chores when it gets dark,
    Have fun with them and run about,
    Laugh and jump, play games and shout,
    Let your imaginations run wild,
    (It's so much fun to be a child),
    Make up stories of castles and knights,
    Of dragons that soar up to great heights,
    Tell tales of deserts, mountains and seas,
    Of jungles with naughty monkeys in trees
    They grow up so fast, then fly the nest,
    Make the most of these years they are the BEST!

    Reply
  • Wendy Shippam

    The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned
    Is that the BFG is not scary at all you see,
    That you do not have to be rich to own all your hearts desire...
    ...think of Charlie and his factory,
    And most important of all that Green Eggs and Ham
    are most certainly better than food cooked by Mam!

    Reply
  • Lesley Bain

    The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    is that they always make us smile,
    and fill our hearts up all the while :)

    Reply
  • Sue Harrison

    The most important thing we’ve learned,

    So far as children are concerned.

    What's right one day,

    Is wrong the next.

    Your brain will boil,

    You will be vexed.

    But one sweet smile,

    And cuddle tight.

    Nothing else matters,

    And everything's all right.

    Reply
  • clyde mactavish

    The most important thing weve learned
    so far as children are concerned
    is the look on the face of a sguiggly worm
    when the worm sees the child squirm

    Reply
  • Carolina J.

    The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    Is to open your eyes and think twice
    Before the care free days slip past us, try to make this last us.
    We're blameless, aimless...ignorance is bliss!
    Growing up is a choice- why not give it a miss?

    Reply
  • Debbie M

    The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    They do the opposite of what you say
    Pick their noses and eat snot all day
    (Much worse, of course, is picking your bum.)
    Kids don't tell Dad that they already asked Mum
    They make up big fat juicy whoppers
    Scare granny with handfuls of party poppers
    You scold them 'til your face is blue
    It's a waste of time, you know that's true
    And worst of all, whatever you do
    They will grow up to be exactly like you

    Reply
  • sue willshee

    The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned
    Is to never change your table cloth
    Before trying to feed them sloppy broth
    And never try to make them go
    For a bath during their favourite tv show
    Don’t expect them to put away their toys
    Or books, or clothes (especially boys)
    Girls may look like pretty ballerinas
    But here’s a secret (just between us)
    All children want to make a mess
    That’s just the thing that they love best.

    Reply
  • Jennifer Dyson

    The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    Is that no matter what it is you say,
    They will always find a way to stray,
    Turn ever chore into a game,
    No single day is ever the same.

    They will make you laugh and make you cry,
    and push the boundaries and always try.
    They will bring you hope and cause you pain,
    And jump in puddles after the rain.
    But most of all they always give off,
    Their ever lasting all encompassing love!

    Reply
  • Rebecca Cleary

    The most important thing we've learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    Is that they come in different types,
    Each with their own little Gripes.........

    Take that one Augustus Gloop,
    Into his mouth food he would scoop.
    Veruca Salt the little Madam,
    Screams and shouts and throws a tantrum!
    There's little Goldie Pinklesweet,
    Mistakenly thought she was in for a treat.
    Lastly not leastly and by no means the worst,
    Violet Beauregarde - she chewed 'til she BURST!!
    There's ones that are messy, dirty and loud,
    Giggler's and Wiggler's...They all make us proud.

    All Children are different, No two come the same,
    If they did it'd be boring and frankly quite plain!
    The one thing they all share is the things that they crave,
    The things that can make them sit up and behave,
    They all want their fair share of love and attention,
    Its that simple and obvious, But deserves a BIG mention.

    So sit down with them every once in a while,
    reach over and grab from that rather large pile.
    A book from the Famous Roald Dahl Collection,
    Open it up and grab them and enjoy the affection :)

    Reply
  • Michelle Maggs

    The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    Mummy, Daddy Moan, Moan, Moan,
    Its like they should be on a throne,
    Don't do this
    Don't do that
    Leave it alone
    No!!!! Put that down,
    We feel like saying heres your crown,
    And take a Bow,
    We know our parents want us to be a success
    and to see us become this,
    is worth all the stress

    Reply
  • Alison Webb

    The most important thing we’ve learned,
    So far as children are concerned,
    Don't worry if your home is a mess, just enjoy your children and go with it.
    When your house if full of laughter all is good. When all goes quiet its time to worry when you sneak upstairs they will be sorry! When they are covered in your most expensive cream and your walls are smeered with chocolate body wash!!!!! Just relax and chill and laugh it off. Enjoy every minute, because in a flash childhood is finished.

    Reply
  • nadine flynn

    michelle maggs should win :)

    Reply
  • margaret morrison
    margaret morrison September 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Michelle Maggs should win

    Reply
  • alisdair

    Michelle Maggs to win

    Reply
  • Loraine Bown

    Michelle Maggs should definitely win xxx

    Reply
  • samantha morrison
    samantha morrison September 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Michelle Maggs poem

    Reply
  • linda williams

    Michelle maggs to win :)

    Reply
  • sophie beale

    Michelle Maggs for me

    Reply
  • sarah fullbrook

    michelle maggs

    Reply
  • Georgina c

    I think Michelle Maggs

    Reply
  • Danka Bakic

    Michelle Maggs good luck :)

    Reply
  • Maria

    michelle maggs

    Reply
  • lisa williams

    michelle maggs. xx

    Reply
  • sue willshee

    Aha, I was going to be very immodest and vote for myself....but then I read the other entries! I'd like to vote for Lisa Dent

    Reply
  • Evey Moffat

    ToCo to win

    Reply
  • sarah claxton

    id like to vote michelle maggs

    Reply
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