Billy The Boring Book - A Children's Rhyme

In the children’s classroom
on a pine book case
are books of many variety
all in thier place

there are books regarding music
and some about outer space
and some are about rabbits
and tortoises in a race!

There are books that talk about colour
and some about the sea
books detailing the alphabet
and some with ‘one two three’

But the most boring one of all
is Billy the tiresome read
the one the children avoid
of the most boring breed

Billy the Boring Book
He’s always the last on the shelf
if only he’d smile a bit more
he really doesnt help himself

The kids all think he’s a bore
as he doesnt even have one picture!
If only Billy the book’s story
was a little tiny bit richer

with magic and wonder and fun
or even a mythical creature
something of a wondrous kind
could be the story’s feature

But Billy refuses to play
he’d rather sit there alone
he’s a boring and tiresome fellow
as interesting as a stone

One day the book next door
mentioned the story he told
of princes, princesses and a monkey
with genie’s in lamps of gold

The other books joined in
to tell Billy of thier news
but Billy was not at all bothered
to hear about thier views

Billy frowned and huffed
“I dont want to hear of your tale
to me a book is for study
not rhymes to do with a snail.”

The other books left him alone
they left him in a huff
they’d heard Billy moaning for years now,
enough had been enough.

The books all got together
and whispered a clever plan
they waited until home time
and grouped up like a clan

They grappled with Billy’s pages
and drew some pictures to go with the words
like flowers and castles and sunshine
with trees, tractors and birds.

You see Billy was a dictionary
with everything possible written
so the books had so much to draw
from elephant to a kitten!

They filled him page by page
but in no particular order
til Billy was covered in pictures
with a pretty little border

they finished up at last
and high fived each other a lot
poorly Billy was very sad
off to the back of the shelf he shot

the next morning the children arrived
and they sat down ready to read
the first book that they picked out
was Billy the boring, indeed!

They laughed and pointed at the pictures
and read the words out loud
they learnt to spell incredibly well
which made dear Billy proud

The other books were happy,
that Billy had found a smile
if only they’d given him pictures before
he’d of been happy all the while!

Billy The Boring Book - A Children's Rhyme


Nottingham, United Kingdom

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A Rhyme about Billy the Boring Book who is helped out by his friends to make him more appealing to the children.

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