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I grew up in the rural Midwest and spent my childhood reading, writing, chasing imaginary creatures, and riding my bike for miles on gravel roads. I was generally good in school, although I once got busted for trying to pry up the floor tiles in the corner of my third-grade class room because I thought there was a secret tunnel under them. (SPOILER ALERT: There was no secret tunnel there.) 

As an adult, I have had many of my poems for kids published in magazines including Spider, Humpty Dumpty, The Scrumbler, Stories for Children, Spaceports & Spidersilk, My Light, and Silver Blade. My first novel for kids (which I co-wrote with my friend Corey Michael Dalton) is now available. And we plan to write more in the series, too!

I now live in Indianapolis with my awesome wife and two rambunctious kids as well as numerous pets — all of whom give me ideas and motivation to continue dreaming and writing.

 My family and me at Clearwater Beach, Florida, in 2016.

My family and me at Clearwater Beach, Florida, in 2016.

 Our four pets!  From top left to right, Franklin, Finklestein, Gary-Giblet and Mr. Tiny Toes the Magical Cat.      Mr. Tiny Toes the Magical Cat   One day I took the garbage out,   and saw a festive cat.   He seemed to be concerned about,   His little kitty hat.   He wore a bright red coat and vest,   and spats upon his shoes.  He really did look quite distressed,   and utterly confused.   His hat had blown right off his head,   and landed in the lake.   So offering my help I said,   "Just let me get a rake."  He licked his paw and turned around,  and with an accent said.  "Your simple plan is quite profound,  The water's what I dread.”  So with the rake I pulled ashore,  His little kitty hat.   He clapped his paws and pranced in place,  And then he stayed to chat.   He said his name was Tiny Toes.  and he was on a trip.   But then he wrinkled up his nose,  and did a backwards flip.  He tipped his hat and said good-bye,  He must be on his way.  And so I gave the quick reply,  “Enjoy your hat, good day."  Copyright 2003, Bryland Sutton

Our four pets!  From top left to right, Franklin, Finklestein, Gary-Giblet and Mr. Tiny Toes the Magical Cat.

 

Mr. Tiny Toes the Magical Cat

One day I took the garbage out, 

and saw a festive cat. 

He seemed to be concerned about, 

His little kitty hat. 

He wore a bright red coat and vest, 

and spats upon his shoes.

He really did look quite distressed, 

and utterly confused. 

His hat had blown right off his head, 

and landed in the lake. 

So offering my help I said, 

"Just let me get a rake."

He licked his paw and turned around,

and with an accent said.

"Your simple plan is quite profound,

The water's what I dread.”

So with the rake I pulled ashore,

His little kitty hat. 

He clapped his paws and pranced in place,

And then he stayed to chat. 

He said his name was Tiny Toes.

and he was on a trip. 

But then he wrinkled up his nose,

and did a backwards flip.

He tipped his hat and said good-bye,

He must be on his way.

And so I gave the quick reply,

“Enjoy your hat, good day."

Copyright 2003, Bryland Sutton