Limerick – Jemsbooks – Ricky!

Ricky Word Art

I recently read a limerick on a friend’s website and decided to try my hand at limericks for each of my children’s books. I hope you enjoy them each day. Since I have nine young children’s books I will be writing nine limericks. Read Louey the Lazy Elephant’s limerick here.

Second post on Limericks on Jemsbooks Blog features my second published (2013) book, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon.



There once was a raccoon named Ricky,

Who foraged without his mother too quickly.

He ran into a skunk

Into a lake he did dunk

Now Ricky’s feeling a little bit sickly!


Available also on Barnes & Noble and Create Space.


Ricky is a rambunctious or very active raccoon who likes to wander around to find something new to eat. One night during his foraging for food Ricky runs into all kinds of trouble. Will Ricky get home safely? Will he learn his lesson to listen to his mother?

All Jemsbooks’ children’s book have life lessons within the stories. Children will learn that it is important to always listen to one’s mother. When you are young never venture out alone.

Jemsbooks instill good behavior in young children by repetition and rhyming. Children will have fun reading while they learn how to behave politely and with respect to others.

Check out the lovely reviews on Amazon:

*****Janice tells a funny tale of what happens when you don’t listen, February 17, 2016
This review is from: Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon (Kindle Edition)
Janice tells a funny tale of what happens when you don’t listen 🙂 I giggled all the way through this book! However funny it may be that Ricky found himself in a peculiar situation, things could have turned out very badly in the end.


*****Read it Again!”, September 10, 2014
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This review is from: Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon (Paperback)
I think the words of five-year-old J.C. say it best: “Read it again!” Janice Spina’s “Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon” tells a lovely story in rhyme while gently teaching a lesson about rules. The illustrations are perfect with the story, thanks to the other half of the Spina duo, husband John. The Spinas obviously understand what will interest children, how long the story should be, and how to create suspense without scaring young minds. I look forward to sharing more of Janice and John Spina’s children’s books with the little ones and hearing them say “Read it again” each time.
*****A cute rhyming story that will educate and entertain your children!, July 22, 2014
This review is from: Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon (Kindle Edition)
Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon
is the second rhyming book that I have had the pleasure to read from the talented husband and wife team of author Janice Spina and illustrator John Spina. Written in an easy-to-read style, this adorable story will take young readers along on the adventures of self-confident young Ricky the Raccoon, who likes to wonder alone at night looking for snacks. He thinks that he is invisible in the dark and that no one can see him. Little does he know that danger lurks around every corner and that there will be consequences for breaking Mom’s rules. Through his adventures in the night, he learns his lesson: rules that his mom taught him are for a reason. They are to keep him safe and alive.

The story is written in a very gentle way. It is sweet and appealing, a wonderful teaching tool for preschoolers or beginning readers. Children will easily relate to this story because many of them already know what rules are for and some of them may have broken them already. They will have fun following this cute character through the sweet, bright illustrations, colored with pencils or crayons. Youngsters will love this type of artwork because it resembles what kids usually draw, simple pictures from their imagination. While reading about the little adventurer who thinks he can run free wherever and whenever he wants, children will learn a valuable lesson: there is always a price to pay if you do not obey your parents’ rules.

Another wonderful read from the Spinas! A great teaching book for parents, teachers, and babysitters. The rhymes in this charming tale make it perfect to read to the little ones in your life!

Check out Barnes & Noble for reviews
By Paul G Day
*****Janice Spina captures the mischievous nocturnal activities of this rambunctious little raccoon perfectly with simple, clever and colorful illustrations. This enchanting little book delivers a beautiful story, simply told. 
As with her other book, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Janice Spina embeds a cautionary tale into the narrative designed to teach children 
a lesson, whilst entertaining them with the funny antics of this mischievous, but endearing fellow. Children will laugh at what happens 
to Ricky as he humorously tries to evade the creatures of the night, whilst his mother is looking for him. It’s unusual for the narrative to 
be set against a black background, but in the context of this story, it makes perfect sense, given that all the action takes place at night.
 It is another aspect of this story that will appeal to children and help them interpret the message and imagine the world in the story. 
Another great book, by a clever team of Author and Illustrator. 
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, with colorful illustrations and an important message, October 14, 2013
By Deanie Humphrys-Dunne "Deanie Humphrys-Dunne" (CT) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon (Paperback)
Ricky is a very adventurous raccoon. He likes to investigate everything and sometimes his inquisitive nature gets him in trouble. In the beginning of the story, Ricky thinks that when it’s dark outside, no one will see him. But he encounters an animal who gives him an unpleasant surprise. Just when he recovered from that, he narrowly escapes a new danger.
Children, parents and teachers will love this entertaining book with it’s charming rhymes and colorful illustrations. They will also remember the lesson that Ricky learned. This is a wonderful story, which I highly recommend. Another adorable book by Janice and John Spina!
Review by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Author of Tails of Sweetbrier
Charlie the Horse
Charlene the Star
Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes

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About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 28 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 1 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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9 Responses to Limerick – Jemsbooks – Ricky!

  1. macjam47 says:

    Love your limerick. I’m looking forward to the others, but when do you rest?

    • jjspina says:

      Thanks, Michelle! Haha, John asks me the same thing! Working on editing still and John has created two new covers for me. One for Hunting Mariah and the other for Book 2 of Davey & Derek. He hasn’t rested much lately either! LOL! ❤️

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