Happy Thursday! We're here to rhyme, which is easy to do thanks to Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.
Cutting right to the chase, here's the weird little poem I scribbled up to try to meld those two prompts together:
Young Matilda had an errand to run.
It was going to be a great deal of fun,
But it was also, to her, a serious one.
It was a task that really just had to be done.
Her intended destination was neither near nor far,
And so Matilda jumped into her pink car.
It did not matter that she was a girl aged only 5,
Or that her car only traveled on the sidewalk at a height knee-high.
Her parents would not let her travel without a chaperone,
And so with her went her babysitter of a cat named Tyrone.
After some number of minutes driving in her plastic car,
Matilda and Tyrone arrived at their destination that was neither near nor far.
She parked in front of the brick building,
The front of it adorned with a sign that read LIBRARY.
"Come on, Tyrone," Matilda said as she walked to the entrance.
"Mom and Dad won't let me go inside with my babysitter present."
And so Matilda and Tyrone made their way inside,
The library offering the sight of books upon books to their eyes.
The little girl could not help but smile.
Who wouldn't be happy when presented with books spanning miles?
An old man of a librarian with a smile of his own appeared,
Saying, "Well, hello there! How can I help you, dear?"
Not one to waste time, Matilda cut right to the chase.
She said, "I need a book with a good story and a quick pace."
After a few more questions here and there from the old man,
Matilda further explained, "I'm here because I have a plan.
I have a little sister who is 1-year-old and named Jan.
The problem is that she never wants to sit and read.
But if she doesn't read, how will she succeed?"
"Ah, I see," the nice old librarian said.
He turned to face a certain bookshelf, nodding his head.
He added, "So you need a book that your baby sister will enjoy?
A book that will enthrall her more than even the most exciting toy?"
Matilda was glad the old man understood what she needed,
That he seemed keen on making sure she and her sister succeeded.
That is, until he brought out his choices,
Which caused Matilda to let out some startled noises.
"The Lorax?" she shrieked when he handed it over.
She added, "This book is about all sorts of sad horrors.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of good ol' Seuss,
But this will make my sister cry and feel quite blue."
And so the librarian handed her another option,
Which Matilda also approached with caution.
Frowning, she said, "The one where the poor little pig loses all of his friends?
Does the sadness and trauma have no end?"
As the librarian tried yet again to pick a book from his shelves,
Tyrone the babysitting cat trotted to his side, as if to help.
The librarian brought over another book, and it was bad.
Matilda said, "I want books to make my sister feel happy, not sad."
That was when Tyrone pawed a book off a shelf and slapped it across the floor,
Almost hard enough for it to fly right out the door
Picking up Tyrone's book choice with a smile,
Matilda thanked the old man, who she learned was named Giles.
She said, "For your time I want to thank you,
But now I must bid you farewell and say too-da-loo!"
Holding up the book in her hand, she said, "This one will do.
And so goodbye, for I'm off to read my sister Everyone Poops."