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Charles Ghigna - Father Goose®

the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Time Inc.,

Scholastic, Simon & Schuser, Capstone, Boyds Mills, Abrams, Orca, Charlesbridge and other publishers.

Illustration by Chip Ghigna
Ink on paper,  24" x 30"


A painting
a poem
a cool game of cards

a badminton match
stretched across two

a club in a fort
built by you
with a friend

a Monopoly game
that goes on
without end

a library book
a ballgame
a hike

a fresh batch
of cookies
a ride on your bike

a picnic
a party--
what fun it will be

all the things
that are waiting
when you turn off the TV!

by Charles Ghigna & Amy Ludwig VanDerwater


Renee LaTulippe said...

A fabulous pairing and a wonderful poem!

Sheri Doyle said...

Inspiring! I'd like to get off my computer this weekend and do some of those things listed in this fun poem.
And wow - the illustration is amazing! Love the contrasts of dark and light.

Bridget Magee said...

So true! And like Sheri mentioned, turning off the computer is a good idea too. Words to live by...thank you for presenting it in such a fun way. =)

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Inspiring and fun!

jama said...

Cool art for a delightful poem!

P.S. By popular request, you've been included in my mustache poll. :)

Mary Lee said...


Donna Smith said...

I remember I believe, all of these things, as a child. Not much TV in my childhood!

laurasalas said...


Charles Ghigna said...

Thank you all for your kind and inspiring words! And thanks, Jama, for including this old Goose in on your Mustache poll today. My wife, Debra, laughed out loud when she saw it. She used to have a crush on Tom Selleck ... when he was Magnum P.I. She kiddingly used to call me Magnum P.U. ;-)

Linda B said...

Great poem Charles-I just came over from Amy's to see your son's work. Rather sad, so still! There are loads of things to do without plugging in; you & Amy covered quite a few!

Ruth said...


BJ Lee said...

A poem all children should read! Love the illustration too.