Saturday, September 6, 2014

Kitaabnama gets the title wrong, but the nonsense right

Just when you think a serious bookschnook is going to take on This Books Makes No Sense: Nonsense Poems and Worse, it turns out to be a whole other category of bookschnookery--but one that may be familiar to fans of Indian nonsense. A whole half hour on Indian nonsense, no less. Take a lookschnook:

Kitaabnama: Books and Beyond (on The Tenth Rasa--not This Books Makes No Sense!!)

Props to Sampurna Chattarji, Anita Vaccharajani, and especially Anushka Ravishankar, whose praises cannot be undersung or overslung.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense, now on Kindle!

That's right ladles and spats, The Tenth Rasa has sprocketed into the Future®, where, at the click of a button, you may revel in the wonky layout of the Digital Delight that is a Kindle Book. All your favorite Indian nonsense literature, squinged into your Delectable Digital Device. Pinch it! Squinch it! Cinch it!

Visit your friendly Amazon site, for the old school hard copy (still a deal at $10!) or the Kindle edition $9.50: save fitty cent, save paper and shipping, and save yourself from being a carbon carbuncle. Click here

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Friday, February 14, 2014

The Winners! RivoKids nonsense contest results!

The Winners have been announced for the RivoKids nonsense contest spoonsored and forked by Duckbill Books. I was honored to be the Jerryrigged Jellycal Judge, and I had quite a few wonderful and completely crazy entires. Thank you to all the kids who entered such great pieces of non-binding narwhal-numbing nonpareil nonsense. Here are the winners, with some itty bitty ditties I wrote for each, according to the nonsense pieces they wrote.  See the website for the full poems:
1. Akshay Rajmohan's "Nonsense is a nonsense thing" is here.
2. Abeer Dahiya's "A Silly Poem" is here.
3. Aarushi Dahia's "Wild Gone Wild" is here.

Keep writing nonsense!

Friday, January 17, 2014


Announcing a NONSENSE-WRITING CONTEST for kids, squids, and vermicious knids! Win prizes, fame, fortune, and platypus booty by writing your very own nonsense poetry!

Rivokids and Duckbill Books proudly present this contest--click here to learn more and enter. Also, be sure to click on the link for the "Nonsense Verse Masterclass by Michael Heyman" (me!) for some in-depth ideas on how to write utter-butter-never-stutter-nonsense!!

Here's an idea that will (almost) guarantee you win: you can use poems from This Book Makes No Sense: Nonsense Poems and Worse and The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense as examples and models! 

By the way, I am honored to be the Jovial and Jellyatinous Judge of the contest.  I hope to see YOUR poems soon!

Deadline is February 2nd!

Click HERE for the contest page.

Click HERE for guidelines on writing nonsense!

Click HERE for banana hands.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Ghosts of nonsenses past... a rare Asian import, B-side, export-only clip of nonsense songs in India

The Singapore International School in Mumbai had some secret cameras set up for my performance last winter, on my tour for This Book Makes No Sense (which is out on Kindle now, by the way!).  The song is Barry Louis Polisar's "I've Got a Teacher, She's So Mean"--a definite favorite in the set (at least, a favorite of the students... I'm not so sure about the teachers!).  Here's the page with a little write-up, and here's the video clip!  The only problem is that the write-up doesn't mention Sampurna Chattarji, the fantastic children's writer who performed with me that day (and who is in the photos).

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Facebook page for This Book Makes No Sense!

This book makes no Facebook enemies, and hopefully makes some friends.  "Like" our new Facebook page... and see photos of the authors and translators, and get other news and mews.  Meyw!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mini-review and interview, also Mr. Sputum expounding on the Scholastic blog

My Hero
Mr. Sputum says
"Blog to blog,
Bog to glog,
Grog to Smaug!"

Nimmy Chacko was kind enough to write a lovely Scholastic blog entry on This Book Makes No Sense, and you'll find included a little online interview, where I expound on nonsense, giraffes, nonsense giraffes, Alan Watts as a neo-giraffe, Samuel Taylor Coleraffe, Xanadu and Olivia Newton-Jiraffe, and other things related to nonsense theory and giraffes (oddly, without any reference to Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey's brilliant nonsensical Giraffes? Giraffes!).

Why Mr. Sputum?--I can't rightly say.  He appeared in the Indian Express newspaper (I think) during my trip... and he has been wanting to contribute to the blog ever since...

Here is the blog: