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Author and Illustrator JKaylin would like to introduce you to The Murgle-Flurgle-Flickity-Tickity-Tat, The Nutton Glutton, and The Greatest Me!. "A Yellow Jellow, What Did You Say?" is a delightful ensemble of children's poetical humor bearing the name of JKaylin. This highly read slim paperback quickly emptied off bookstore shelves with its first publication in 1994. Yet aimed at an audience of children 3 thru 8, people of all ages still enjoy this inspirational packed volume of encouragement, silliness, wit, and humor. "A Yellow Jellow, What Did You Say?" is indeed a novel approach to children's literature. JKaylin is an author being described by some professional editors as the next generation in word play and funniness since the humorist writer of the 1920's, Ogden Nash. "A Yellow Jellow, What Did You Say?" is an asset to any library, including any digital book library that you'll want to take with you where ever you go.

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  • A Yellow Jellow, What Did You Say?

  • Twilight Art and Book Publishers

    2011

  • A YELLOW JELLOW, WHAT DID YOU SAY?

    A Twilight Art and Book Publishers Book

    PUBLISHING HISTORYStitched Paperback Edition Published 1994Adobe PDF eBook Edition Published 2005

    CD-ROM PDF eBook Edition Published 2005Amazon.com Kindle eBook Edition Published 2010

    Barnes And Noble Nook eBook Edition Published 2010

    Amazon.com CreateSpace Mass Market Paperback 2011

    Published byTwilight Art and Book Publishers

    Addison, IL 60101

    All Rights ReservedCopyright 1994 by Jay J. KaylinWritten and Illustrated by JKaylin

    Cover Illustration, Design, and Book Design by JKaylin

    No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning, printing, or otherwise, except as permitted under Sections 107 or 108 of the 1976 United

    States Copyright Act, without either the prior written permission of the Publisher or Author. Requests to the Publisher or Author for permission should be addressed to: Twilight Art and Book Publishers, Addison, IL 60101, e-mail: twsales@jkaylin.com, Phone:(630) 780-2454.

    Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 95232169

    LCCN Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/95232169

    ISBN-13: 978-0-9799558-4-6ISBN-10: 0-9799558-4-X

    Printed in The United States of AmericaTwilight Art and Book Publishers

    www.jkaylin.com

  • Big Z, little z. What begins with Z? I do. I am the Zizzzer-Zazzer-Zuzz as you can plainly see!

    -Dr. Suess

  • Listen to the mustnts, child. Listen to the donts. Listen to the shouldnts, the impossibles, the wonts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me any-thing can happen, child. Anything can be.

    -Shel Silverstein

  • This book is dedicated toGood Orderly Direction, life, love, and to

    my warm and clever inspirations: Jay, Becky, Rachel, and Flour. And is . . .

    ForEveryone

  • Table of ContentsIve Looked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

    The Nutton Glutton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23

    Me and You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25

    Wishing Well . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27

    Listen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    Alive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

    Marcie Baldetti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-31

    Downside Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-33

    The Murgle-Flurgle-Flickity-Tickity-Tat! . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-35

    A Yellow Jellow Telephone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36-37

    Smile, Smile, Smile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-39

    The Way Things Are . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40-41

    Moms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

    Special Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

    What Do I Think? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-45

    The Greatest Me! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46-47

    PINGPINGPINGPING - PONG!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48-49

    Oh Well Diddy Dell Dell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-51

    Nancy Ann Baloo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52-53

    Spider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54-55

    Mister Bean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

    Moms by Becky Cox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

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    PrefaceWhy over the years this simple little book has had such a unique appeal to children

    and to others as well, I do not know. When this book with its original title, A Yellow Jellow, What . . .? went on sale for the first time, I got a phone call from a woman about my book and the effect it was having on her son. She stated that her child loved books; however, he would not read them for himself. Although he certainly could read well enough, he just had to have someone read his books to him; she couldnt get him to just sit alone with a book and just read it by himself. Her main reason to call me, she said, was to tell me about this peculiar positive effect my book was having on her child, and she thought it important that I should know something about my book, which seemed to set it apart from her sons other books.

    A Yellow Jellow, What . . .? in particular, she said, was the first book that after she had read just the first few pages to her son, her son then insisted on reading the rest for himself. This really surprised her, she told me, because up to that point her son had shown no interest in wanting to read any book by himself. And she added, that wasnt the only thing that surprised her, her son also wouldnt let anyone else near the book until he was finished reading it. And although she couldnt explain why my book was having this positive effect on her son, she hoped that it would somehow help him to feel more comfortable about reading other books all on his own, and for that, she was also calling to thank me.

    Why did I write this book in the first place? Why am I writing a second childrens book similar to this one? I like playing with silly words, wits, and rhymes. I liked the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz at the end of Dr. Seusss ABCs. I liked Shel Silversteins book, The Missing Piece, and I really liked, The Real Mother Goose. These books fas-cinated me when I was young. I read them and read them. I liked how they spoke to me, and sometimes from across the pages came a simple message wrapped in a certain kind of wit, humor, or in just plain silliness. I loved words. I loved how they sounded and were put together. I loved how they felt and how they made me feel. I dont know how many times I read that last page in Dr. Seusss ABCs - The Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz.

    Today I still love playing with words. A Yellow Jellow Telephone was the first poem written for this book originally titled, A Yellow Jellow, What?, and now tilted, A Yellow Jellow, What Did You Say?. This poem was inspired by a word game I played with the Cox children who belonged to a family from whom I rented out a room.

    One rainy lost Sunday afternoon, I watched the Cox children playing with a large broken toy calculator. The kids were pointing the inoperative toy out the backyard window, pushing buttons, and naming the different things they were imagining, which were then appearing on the back lawn from out the front of the broken toy that they were now calling the making machine.

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    I, being unable to rest in quiet or resist playing the game, asked them if I could play too. Then after they all quickly agreed to let me into the game, they re-evaluated and explained some of the rules to me.

    We started playing the game by taking turns being in charge of the now re-invented toy calculator while the rest of us went in turn naming something we wanted to have made, and then to have that something magically projected out the front of the making machine and onto the back lawn.

    When it was the eldest childs turn to be in charge of the making machine, he held it all ready to go, steadfast and aimed, out the back window at the back lawn, while he waited intensely for one of the rest of us to start the game by announcing what we wanted made before he would push any of its buttons. Then finally one of us called out what we wanted made; then the eldest child with relieved tension push the first button; then he waited again for one of us to say what we wanted it made out of; then he would push a second button. Then someone had to say what color we wanted it to be, and then the eldest child would push the final button. Then there on the subdued wet autumn lawn, a top the wilting yellowish greenish grass and damp dark leaves was something all of us wanted to see, something all of us made up together, and something you could almost see if you really thought about it and looked really hard.

    One of these times while the eldest child was pointing the making machine out the window just waiting to push a button, one of the three of us called out telephone, and he pushed the first button; then one of us called out jello, and the eldest child didnt hesitate and pushed the second button; then during a brief moment of contem-plative silence somebody yelled out yellow (which wasnt me), and then they started laughing really hard. And that was it. In a few seconds we all got the accidental joke; and we all thought it quite clever what had just happened; and we all had a new reason for this being such a good game. Then I thought, I may have a poem out of it too.

    This three-word combination became the poem that I later put with this books title, A Yellow Jellow, What Did You Say?.

    If I had a machineThat could make almost anything,Id make my wishAnd pull its switch;Then that machineWould start to twitch;It might squeak

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