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  • Genre:POETRY
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:50
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667847269

All I Need is a Typewriter and a Squeaky Ball

Poems by Crikey

by Diane Wasnak View author's profile page

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Overview

All I Need is a Typewriter and a Squeaky Ball, is the creation of writer/performer Diane Wasnak and her inspirational performing partner, Crikey, a clever Australian Shepherd and squeaky ball devotee. Born with a hearing impairment, Crikey's poems are a fanciful look at his world from his own doggie point of view.  Illustrated by Michelle Silva, her whimsical sketches and detailed anime characters are a lighthearted addition to Crikey's first book of poetry.  

Description
All I Need is a Typewriter and a Squeaky Ball, is the creation of writer/performer Diane Wasnak and her inspirational performing partner, Crikey, a clever Australian Shepherd and squeaky ball devotee. Crikey's poems are a fanciful look at his world from his own doggie point of view. Born with a hearing impairment, it was clear Crikey had to rely on his other senses, especially during his first year of life. Focusing on the sights, the smells, and the tastes of his surroundings, and not so much on the sounds, Crikey began his writing journey. With help from his human guardians, Diane and Barb of Bonzer Productions, Crikey's poetry adheres to no particular cadence or rhyme, but enjoys the startling interruptions of calm, brought on by his two adopted older sisters, Bizzo & Bindi, and the family cat, Cougar, all of whom influenced his poems.
About the author
Diane Wasnak is a physical comic, actor, and dog trainer who turned her attention to writing during the pandemic. Observing the offbeat and sometimes mischievous behaviors of her charming Australian Shepherd, Crikey, the two began their poetic journey. Coming from a line of professional writers, Diane pays tribute to her mother, Lynn Wasnak, who wrote for a wide range of publications and created the newsletter, Many Voices Press. She also wishes to honor her grandmother, Iverne Golloway-Koehler, who used various pen names and composed hundreds of children's stories for many publications between 1935-1975.

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Jeff
If you love pet, and poetry, get this book Diane Wasnak has been a Cirque du Soleil star, a Shakespearian actor and a professional animal trainer; now she has translated her prodigiously poetic pooch Crinkey’s first book, "All I need is a Typewriter and a Squeaky Ball." Crinkey can write, and Michelle Silva’s wonderfully playful illustrations give the book a whimsical, Jules Feiffer feel. If you love pets (there are cats in these poems, too), get this book. Read more
Sheri
Who Knew Dogs Could be so Poetic? If you’ve ever wanted to know what dogs think, if they have a sense of humor, how they see us in their world, get this book. With Crikey The Australian Shepherd leading the way through this collection sealed with illustrations that perfectly capture the personalities and emotions of each character. They tell their stories from the whimsical to poetic, hilarious to contemplative and always filled with the unconditional hearts that our furry companions are always ready to share. Read more
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