Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Family – #Poetry – My Michael by Robbie Cheadle

Sally Cronin shares a poem I wrote about my Michael when he was a smaller lad than now. It brings back such lovely memories for me. Thank you for sharing, Sally.

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Welcome to another post from the archives of children’s/YA author Robbie Cheadle. This week a poem for her youngest son, and co-author for the Sir Chocolate series, Michael Cheadle.

My Michael by Robbie Cheadle.

I love my little Michael,
He is the sweetest boy;
I often give him cuddles,
And buy him a nice new toy.

We read our favourite stories,
About dragons and brave knights;
He thoroughly enjoys them,
Then, out go all the lights.

From closed cupboards and doors,
Lurking monsters stealthily creep;
And my poor little lad,
Can’t get an wink of sleep.

Into the marital bed,
My boy quietly slides;
And between his loving parents,
From night time horrors hides.

Mom and dad lie, awake,
While Mikey kicks and dreams;
Unable to get any rest,
Counting sheep won’t work, it seems.

©Robbie Cheadle

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the…

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#Flashfiction – Chisel

Charli Mills’ flash fiction prompt for this week is as follows: March 14, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a chisel. Use chisel as a noun or a verb. Think about what might be chiseled, who is chiseling. Be the chisel. Go where the prompt leads!

Toys for boys

Dan slammed his toolbox down on the table. “My new paint scrapper is missing. I haven’t even used it yet.”

“Are you sure it’s gone?”

“Yes,” he opened the box. “See, it’s gone. You haven’t seen it anywhere, have you?”

“No,” said Julie, thinking of the little fondant man who was reposing on the paint scrapper in her art cupboard. It was a great tool for moving her artworks with and she planned to keep it.

She smiled at him. “Why don’t you leave your toolbox in the kitchen until you find it?” His chisel had caught her eye.

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #Family – Contrasting colours – a poem for my wedding anniversary by Robbie Cheadle

Thank you, Sally Cronin, for sharing this poem from my archives called Contrasting Colours.

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Time to enjoy the third post in children’s/YA author and poet Robbie Cheadle series of posts from her archives. Apart from her creative writing, Robbie is also a fabulous baker and you will enjoy visiting her online bakery 

This week Robbie shares a post that she wrote on 9th of February 2017 which was her sixteenth Wedding Anniversary…


Today is my wedding anniversary. This morning, sixteen years ago, my family home was in an uproar. My three sisters, my mom, my soon to be sister-in-law and I were having a lovely day preparing for my wedding. It was a day of complete spoiling as we all had our hair done at home by a hairdresser, who was also a friend and who was coming to the wedding, had flattering make up applied by a professional make-up artist and had lots of lovely photographs taken by a professional photographer.

Unlike many…

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#Bookreviews – A couple of delightful children’s books

Dragon Frodo’s Toothache by Coral Walker

This is such a cute story about a little dragon who loves sweets and good things to eat. Frodo doesn’t like dragon school and doesn’t do his best to learn how to fly and blow fire and do the things that all good dragons do. Frodo is only interested in sleeping and eating delicious sweets. When Frodo’s class are sent into town to find a princess to eat, Frodo makes his way to the sweet shop. He eats every sweet in the shop, much to the dismay of the towns folk. They chase poor Frodo who is only saved by the ingenuity of his teacher and classmates. The worst is not over for Frodo, the following day he awakes with a toothache. The experience of visiting the dentist and having a rotten tooth removed encourages Frodo to return to the straight and narrow and stop eating sweets and other things that are bad for your teeth. Will it last? Well, you’ll have to read the book and find out.

This book is beautifully illustrated and is a fun way to teach small children about looking after their teeth.

Myrtle the purple turtle by Cynthia Reyes

I loved this delightful book with an important message to share with children about diversity and acceptance. Myrtle is a purple turtle and she is happy with her life and looks until she comes across a green turtle who tells her that she cannot be a turtle because she is purple. Turtles are not purple. The green turtle laughs at Myrtle.

Although her friends have never commented on the fact that Myrtle and her family are purple and it has never been something she has considered before, the green turtle’s comments and laughter hurt Myrtle’s feelings and damage her self confidence. Myrtle becomes very unhappy about her looks and decides to change them. Luckily Myrtle has a loving family and good friends to help her restore her self esteem and enjoyment of life.

The illustrations in this book are beautiful and will make any child smile with pleasure.


The Fondant Five, on #LisaBurtonRadio

The fondant lion had a fun interview with Lisa Burton. He told Lisa lots of interesting things about lions and living in Chocolate Land. Thank you Craig Boyack for producing this show.

Entertaining Stories

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Don’t touch that dial! You’ve landed on Lisa Burton Radio, the only show that brings you characters from the books you love. Today might be one of the sweetest shows we’ve ever had, and I mean that literally. “Please give a warm welcome to my special guest, the fondant lion.”

“Thank you, Lisa, I am so happy to be here, I feel a roar coming on. RRRROOOOAAAARRRR!”

“I know you are famous for your thick mane. Is it thicker because you live in the zoo?”

“Yes, that is likely. I don’t live in just any zoo, I live in the Chocolate Land zoo and it is a special place. All the fondant animals that live here are very happy and we receive excellent care from Sir Chocolate and his helpers. One of our favourite meals is Sir Chocolate’s famous custard. He makes it for us in an enormous pot. I…

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