Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 by LaurenJoan
Alice and Joanie B. loves 'em a little ol' fashion scary...
The Gobble-uns 'at gits you...
...Ef you Don't Watch Out!
in the air.
"Whoa-akk! The gobble-un's are out to get me!"
Alice: Bahw-w-w-k-ha-ha! I'm a scary gobble-un and I GOT YOU!
Laurenjoan: Alice and Joanie B. are...
Halloween Chicken Queens -
give 'em a pumpkin,
they'll think it's a treat,
give 'em a costume,
they'll trick to a beat,
read 'em a scary tale
and their Halloween's complete!
...Why just the other night,
the sky was black as pitch
and the gray moon full and bright,
so I read 'em the bestest,
mostest scary tale of all time.
..about Little Orphant Annie
and the gobble'uns
that will get YOU... if you don't watch out...
Laurenjoan's Tale of a Scary Tale:
Little Orphant Annie was written by James Whitcomb Riley in 1885 - back in the day when gobble-un's, the rulers of bedtime stories, could snatch bad children through the ceilin'...
Little Orphant Annie is based upon a real orphan - Mary Alice "Allie" Smith - who came to live with Riley's family on their farm in Indiana during the Civil War, a true story...Wikipedia says so.
A word about Hoosier - the dialect of Indiana and Little Orphant Annie - the words can be strange and hard to read today, but it sure does set a tone -- earthy and scary, like a bad dream (which is why I really like it) and it makes the poem a terrific read aloud.