Mr. Pumpkin-Head And Other Poems

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A collection of poems - many with a hint of humour - about nature, magic, emotions, and the world around us.

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About Victoria Zigler

My name is Victoria, but most of my friends and family call me Tori. Feel free to do the same.

Born in the shadow of the black mountains in Wales, I now live by the sea in the south-east of England with my husband, Kelly, a degu named Joshua, a chinchilla named Mollie, a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie, and a Cavapoo named Logan.

Having battled with glaucoma since birth, I now find myself completely blind. But I haven’t let that stop me from chasing the dream I've had since I was a young child: the dream of becoming a published author. I've loved to read and write since I learned how, and always wanted to get my work published. Finally, in 2012, I made that dream come true by self-publishing the first of my books as an eBook via Smashwords. Several more titles have been published since, with paperbacks and audio books also being made available. So now I’m a published author of several poetry collections, as well as a long list of children’s stories.

I’m just as happy exercising the logical side of my brain as the creative side of it, so would describe myself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world. A couple of people have agreed with that description of me, so I feel I'm justified in using it.

When I’m not lost in my own world, you’re most likely to find me either reading, writing, or attempting to keep my eMails from piling up. If I’m not doing any of those things, chances are I’m spending time with my hubby and furkids. Either that, or taking some time to explore some of my other interests, such as knitting, Dungeons And Dragons style roleplaying games, music, brainteaser puzzles, movies, baking, history, science, astronomy, and a few other things that randomly capture my attention from time to time.

I also love almost anything to do with animals and nature. I have to say "almost" because I'm not too keen on spiders and creepy crawly things, though can pretend they don't exist if they don't come too close to me. My favourite animals are cats, dogs, rodents, and horses, though I generally get all soppy over just about any four-legged animal; especially young ones. That love of animals was a huge factor in my choice to become a vegetarian, as it's hard to enjoy a meal when you feel sorry for it.

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James Field reviewed on on July 30, 2015

I can't claim to be an expert on poetry because I don't understand the fine delicacies. For me, poetry has to rhyme, have a distinct rhythm, and have a message of some sort.

In 'Mr Pumpkin-Head and Other Poems', Victoria Zigler fulfils these expectations brilliantly. Although she claims her poetry is aimed at children, this collection is suitable for all ages.

Here's an example of her poetry, one of my many favourites. A short poem entitled: Wolves, Waterfalls & Bears

Like wolves howling in the darkness
The wind howls outside my door
Like a waterfall flowing from the sky
The rain pours… then pours some more

And like a bear in hibernation
I cuddle up warm and snug
With a blanket wrapped around me
And hot cocoa in my mug

Ah yes, Victoria, I know the feeling well, wet and windy outside, warm and snug inside, delicious.

There are forty poems in this excellent collection, covering a wide number of themes, and they all stirred my emotions one way or the other. If you're a connoisseur of poetry, or a novice like me, there's something for everyone here. I thoroughly recommend it.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Chris The Story Reading Ape reviewed on on Feb. 3, 2015

What a great book to help kids understand and learn to love poetry.
The range of topics and poem lengths gives a good mix, plus, the author often gives unexpected little twists that will give pause for thought and may generate good discussions between the child and older reader.
Highly Recommended.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Betty White reviewed on on May 25, 2012

I loved all the poems. They were just wonderful. My Granddaughter read them and she too loved them. A must buy.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Stephanie Fletcher reviewed on on May 1, 2012

I have read all these interesting and quirky poems which are suitable as children's poems or for the child in all of us.
I especially appreciated the 'What to Do Today' poem and 'Taking my own advice' both struck chords within me. I would love to see more of this author's work in the future.
Well Done.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Doug Portman reviewed on on April 29, 2012

What a great selection of poems, some short, some long, but something for all occasions. A wonderful little book and one i am glad i decided to buy, will certainly watch this Author for more in the future.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
muriel rowe reviewed on on April 25, 2012

A great collection of poems.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Karl Mousley reviewed on on April 24, 2012

Tori has a unique outlook on the world, and her slightly off-center perpective gives many of poems a rather unexpected twist that many should find as delightful as I did. The title poem is a charming example of her slightly off-kilter wit.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Karen Portman reviewed on on April 24, 2012

A stunning collection of poems :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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