Sunday, March 20, 2011

Books for sale....

I've written 'em now all you have to do is buy 'em! I've written and illustrated the following two books of fun children's poetry. Great for kids of all ages to read or be read to (makes for great bathroom material for the adults too!). You can get your very own signed (by me!) copies now for just $15.00 a book (plus shipping). If you'd like to order or just want to drop me a line, shoot me an e-mail at Want a chance to win your very own signed free copy of each book? Then check out my friend Marlene's great blog at Check out her hilarious posts and watch for her upcoming give-away of my books. If you don't win one, come on back, I've got plenty!

There's a Hippo in my Bathtub
Whether you have hippos in your bathtub, a lion in your closet, or have always wondered what it would be like to soar as a kite, there’s something for everyone in Brian Lock’s There’s a Hippo in My Bathtub. Rediscover the joy and wonderment of being a child again, or watch that old familiar twinkle creep into your children’s eyes as their imagination lets them blast off into outer space from the comfort of an old cardboard box. You can drift away on the clouds, or run amok with monkeys, reminisce about riding your first bike or encounter a talking crab; this collection of poetry is fun for both kids and the kids inside us all.
Crayons & Paste*

Billy ate the crayons,
I just ate the paste,
He did it for the attention,
I did it for the taste.

Now when Billy smiles,
His teeth are orange and blue,
I can’t even smile,
My mouth is stuck with glue.

Let this be a lesson,
Please learn from my mistake,
When my mouth finally opens,
I think I’ll stick with cake.
Toys they break,
From time to time,
But toys that break,
Aren’t usually mine.

My big, dumb brother,
He took a fall,
Right on my toys,
He crushed them all.

Over my toys,
I cannot flip,
For I’m the one,
That made him trip!
I bought a new goldfish,
I taught him a trick,
I taught him to sit, to stay,
To catch a brick.

I taught him to fetch,
I taught him to speak,
But since that brick,
He’s played dead for a week.

* All work, both here and in the book, is copywritten and may not be used without my consent.

Chicken Lips & Rocket Ships

In the much anticipated follow-up to the widely popular There's a Hippo in my Bathtub, Brian Lock again asks those lingering questions that few dare to ask: Do you have a purring rhino under your bed? A pet dinosaur in your backyard? Maybe you're just planning on building an elevator to the moon. Sound impossible? Chicken Lips & Rocket Ships will open the door to your imagination and introduce you to the purple-spotted Frozard, April May June, and what really happens when you tell a joke to a lactose-intolerant cow. Make friends with that thing under the stairs or the new squid next door. Find out why rusty old robots are the best and learn that while we may have to grow old, we don't have to grow up.

Lactose-Intolerant Cow*
I’m a lactose-intolerant cow,
Don’t ask me why,
Don’t ask me how.

Don’t tell me jokes,
Of the funny sort,
Because if I laugh,
I’ll begin to snort,

And if I snort,
My milk it blows,
Not through my udders,
But out my nose!
Finger Painting*

Finger painting,
Sure is fun.
I like to do it,
On the run.

I put the paint,
Onto my fingers.
On mommy’s wall,
My artwork lingers.

Of my work,
She’s not a fan.
Now on painting,
There is a ban.

With something else,
I’ll have to play.
I wonder if Picaso,
Started out this way?

I tried on my swimsuit,
It’s two sizes too small.
It’s hard to believe,
That it fit just last fall.

It took me an hour,
I had to shimmy and shake.
I probably shouldn’t have had,
Second helpings of cake.

So off to the store,
I guess I’ll be making that trip.
For I’m sure no one wants,
To see me skinny dip.
*All work, both here and in the book, is copywritten and may not be used without my consent.


  1. Can't wait to do this giveaway, Brian!! These books look awesome!!

    Watch for it this week!!!

  2. Marlene's give away started today and I want to win!!!! Still using your fun images, just posted Lil Bird on Monday. Cannot beat a Brian Lock image for fun!

  3. Thanks Tammy and good luck!!! This will be fun!

  4. No No I want to win, lol. I just read the poems from your book and cracked up. My husband thinks I am strange, but I am going to have a grandson in September so I want them, lol. This is really cool of you and Marlene to give these away, thanks for the chance to win.

  5. the books look really cute.. my 2 little ones are addicted to me reading to them.. makes me feel like I am a good mom..Thanks for the chance!

  6. I love the poems above . I'd love to win these but I just might have to buy them too! Good luck.

  7. hehe I like your poems hehe

    see ya

  8. Your books look so fun and silly! My son would love them :)

  9. Those books look super cute. I have 3 lil ones (well 4 kids total but one is 14 and probably wouldn't want me to read to her, lol) ages 1,2 and 3 and they have quite the sense of humor, they would probably get a kick out of these books. :-) Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. your books look like my kids will enjoy
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

  11. Ah, crayons and paste was funny. Thanks for letting me reminisce my elementary school days. Marlene sent me here to take a look at your books. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  12. I'm here thanks to Marlene. Your poems are loads of fun, and the books look highly entertaining too. I hope I win. I hope I win.
    Be well.

  13. Once I read Marlene's post I ran right over! These are funny!! I've got some niece and nephew birthday's coming up these would be perfect.

  14. Thank you all for the great comments. Best of luck to everyone! I know that the winners won't be disappointed...and remember, if you don't win, you can still buy your very own signed copies!

    Good luck!

  15. I love your poetry it's so perfect for young and young at heart(me).So hope I win,my 4 youngest grandkids,and hubby, would be thrilled.I came here from Marlene.

  16. LOL! Brian, these are a trip! Good luck on your sales! I miss all the images to play with! MWAH!!!