I Bought a Maserati

A Funny Car Poem for Kids

From the book My Hippo Has the Hiccups

I bought a Maserati
and a new Mercedes-Benz,
plus a brand new Lamborghini
I could show off to my friends.

I purchased a Ferrari
and an Aston Martin too,
and a Porsche and a Jaguar
and a BMW.

I had them all delivered
to my mansion in the hills.
I like to sit and look at them,
imagining the thrills.

For though it's fun to be
the richest nine-year-old alive,
I'm sure I'll like it better
when I'm old enough to drive.

--Kenn Nesbitt


Copyright © 2009 Kenn Nesbitt. All Rights Reserved.

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My Hippo Has the Hiccups


On Nov 13, 2014 body master from asha wrote:
so funny
On Oct 8, 2014 Billy from Netherlands wrote:
Amazing grace how sweet the sound!
On May 28, 2014 hell from hell wrote:
On Apr 28, 2014 sam from europe wrote:
On Apr 16, 2014 Jproo from USA wrote:
Lol I like the BMW and the porche

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Lexile Text Measure: 900L
  Grade Level Measures
ATOS Level: 4.2
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 6
Gunning-Fog Index: 7.7
SMOG Index: 6
Automated Readability Index: 5.2
Grade Level Average: 5.8
  Text Statistics
Word Count: 82 words
Line Count: 16 lines
Average Line Length: 5.1 words
Average Sentence Length: 16.4 words
Average Word Length: 3.9 letters


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