Limerick of Jemsbooks – Louey!


This is a post I wrote in 2017 that I wanted to share with you again. This is the perfect time to stock up on summer reading for your kids that will keep them entertained and at the same time teach them good behavior.

I had fun writing limericks for my children’s books. Here is the first one I wrote for my first book, Louey the Lazy Elephant. I hope you enjoy it. I will be reposting all the other limericks shortly and writing limericks for my two newest books, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier and Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab. Happy Reading! Reading is good for your health!

Recently I perused my lovely friend, Bette A. Stevens’ website, when she posted a beautiful limerick about her beloved butterflies. Check it out here.

I found it quite entertaining and decided to give it a try on my children’s books. I hope you enjoy them. I plan to post a different limerick for nine days with each of my young children’s books.

Here is the limerick for my first published book (2013):

Louey the Lazy Elephant

There once was an elephant named Louey,

Who overslept one day, oh phooey!

He woke up to find

The herd left him behind.

Now he’ll no longer be lazy Louey!

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Louey is an adorable but lazy elephant who likes to sleep late. One day Louey wakes up to find that the whole herd has moved on without him. Louey is very upset but he is determined to find his herd. Does Louey find his way to his family and friends? Does he learn that it doesn’t pay to be lazy? Take Louey home with you and find out.

Jemsbooks’ children’s books have life lessons within the stories. Louey will teach children that it doesn’t pay to be lazy and it is important to always listen to your mother.

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!

***** Perfect time spent with the granddaughter., February 20, 2015
This review is from: Louey the Lazy Elephant (Kindle Edition)
Perfect time spent with the granddaughter. A charming story with lovable characters and enchanting artwork that held my granddaughter’s attention and wrapped us in Louey’s world for an afternoon. She loved it and so did I. It’s on our daily ritual of reads now. Louey lives with her every day now and I couldn’t be happier.
***** Entertaining read and great story for the little ones, March 23, 2016
This review is from: Louey the Lazy Elephant (Kindle Edition)
I have to start out by saying that I am not an avid reader of childrens books. We read to our little one at bedtime, but that’s about as far as I go with these types of books. I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Louey, but it definitely wasn’t what I expected it to be (if that makes sense?). I figured it would be a few little rhymes on a page and a quirky little book. I was pleasantly surprised that it was much more. It is, of course, for kids, but it reads more like a story than the typical nursery rhyme book. My only critique was that the ending just kinda came out of nowhere. I don’t say this as a bad thing, but more because I was actually getting into the story and I was hoping Louey would encounter a few more animals along the way. Having said that, this book far exceeded my expectations and I will definitely be rounding up all of Janice’s books for our bedtime readings with the little ones (and the one on the way).
*****SLEEPING IN, January 30, 2016
This review is from: Louey the Lazy Elephant (Kindle Edition)

Perfect picture book for preschoolers. Louey is a lazy elephant who loves to sleep in. Despite his mother’s warning that the herd will be moving the following morning, Louey decides to ignore her. When Louey finally rouses himself, the herd is gone. Now he is frightened!

Louey searches everywhere and seeks help from animals like the hyena and snake. A bird up above has been watching and observing; she has a proposition for Louey. Will Louey ever find his family? Has he learned a lesson not to be so lazy?

The illustrations in the book are reminiscent of a crayon book. My urge was to scratch them because they look like a finished coloring page. Large print is appealing to young readers; the rhyme makes the book a fun read aloud or bedtime story. Highly recommended for parents, grandparents and teachers.

Check out the wonderful reviews on Barnes & Noble!
Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar through the end of summer on the wings of Jemsbooks!
All Jemsbooks’ young children’s books are written in rhyme with life lessons. Children will learn from Louey how to behave, respect their parents, friends and family, that friends are important, that it doesn’t pay to be lazy.

Try writing a limerick or two with your children. You will both be laughing and spending some quality and fun time together. That is what it is all about – family, love, sharing and caring!

Blessings to you and yours! Enjoy the last vestiges of summer or whatever season you are now in.

About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 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 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. 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 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel 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. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, 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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12 Responses to Limerick of Jemsbooks – Louey!

  1. ramasamy59 says:

    Very nice

  2. Annika Perry says:

    I love the limerick, Janice – tells us about the book in an amazing and unusual way! The premise sounds catchy, and the reviews are wonderful. The drawing style is unique and I like the crayon-effect. I look forward to reading some more limericks by you soon. hugs xxx

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you so much, Annika! This was our first book together. John became an illustrator with this book. I have people still saying they liked this unique style of crayon drawing. It’s my favorite book too! I feel as if Louey is my baby. I wrote him many years ago. When he came to life it was exciting to see! I guess you never get over your first! LOL! Hugs xx

  3. Mae Clair says:

    That is so cute, Janice. I love the limerick and the book sounds adorable!

  4. Great book, wonderful reviews! ❤ Sharing…

  5. Pingback: Limerick – Jemsbooks – Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab! | Jemsbooks

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