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June 5, 2014

A Book at Bedtime

A quick response in verse to the comments about fairy tales allegedly made by Richard Dawkins


Don’t read kids books about dragons

And creatures that never exist,

Like gobbling hobgoblins and porridgey bears

And froggies that seem to get kissed.

Don’t read kids books with princesses

And always, yes ALWAYS be wary,

If you pick up a book and you take a good look

And you find that it has the word ‘fairy’.

There are all sorts of things that are better to read

At bedtimes and other occasions.

So need to panic – read quantum mechanics

And textbooks on cubic equations.

Such books, you will find, will soon broaden the mind,

And make your child clever and deep.

(They’re also so boring your brat will start snoring;

And you will fall quickly asleep).