The Reading Bug (another poem for World Book Day 2012)

In the land of Boreyerpantsoff all the doctors were growing concerned

They couldn’t sleep in their beds at night

They writhed, they twisted, they turned

‘A bug, a bug, a bug’s going round

It’s highly contagious, no cure can be found

We have to protect our children – quick!

It’s virulently violent – they’re sure to get sick

The bug must be banished or hit with a brick

Or booted or battered or burned’


The king of Boreyerpantsoff said to his eminent doctors: ‘Please

Could you tell me how you get this bug,

How do you catch this disease?’

The doctors replied: ‘This broilsome bug

Just comes up beside you and gives you a hug

And after that you can’t get enough

Of books and stories and poems and stuff

And then you’re not bored – oh we have to be tough

And stop this slithersome sleaze’


The doctors of Boreyerpantsoff said: ‘We fear it’s much too late

Our kids have all caught this reading bug, they’re consigned to their story-stuffed fate

And now they’ll have to use their brains

No they’ll never, not ever, be bored again

They won’t watch TV the whole day through

They’ll have a whole lot of reading to do

And then they’ll give the bug to you

They’ll hand it to you on a plate’


When the king of Boreyerpantsoff didn’t answer, a doctor yelled: ‘Look!

The king has caught the disease as well’, and the doctor trembled and shook

But the other doctors just gave a shrug

As they too had caught the reading bug

They chortled and snortled and grinned with delight

They read all day and all through the night

They were never bored again – that’s right

And all because of a book, a book

And all because of a book








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