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Oh! What a Pickle!
by Martin L Cohen
Do you have a brother or a sister? Do you like to play games together but sometimes take things too far? Well, these two silly sisters Talia and Gabi do, and they find out the hard way what can happen when they don’t control themselves and try to have too much fun!
Consumed with gluttony for a rather odd but favourite treat, their hunger for this food winds them up into a little bit of a pickle!
Can these two survive the perils of their hunger? What goes wrong? Does it get resolved?
The answers might just be found within the pages of this book!
Who liked to have fun. They loved to play games, Come rain or come sun.
The eldest was Talia. She was aged three, She loved to wear pink As I’m sure you can see!
The youngest was Gabi. She was just one.
So, she still wore nappies, That covered her bum.
Together they’d run, They’d jump, and they’d sing.
They’d find laughter and nonsense In any old thing.
But the thing that they loved Beyond all the rest,
Was something quite odd So, you never will guess!
It wasn’t a doll And not a toy car.
It was something you’d get From the fridge, in a jar.
Once every week,
With their mum and their dad, They’d all go for dinner
At their grandparent’s pad.
At Poppa and Nana’s There’d be lots to eat,
And their mouths would all water For the tasty roast meat.
And as you’d expect, There was dessert too. But surprisingly though,
This was not the prized food!
So, what was this treat? What cherished food to digest?
The thing from the fridge, In the jar was the best!
Martin Cohen was born in Sydney, Australia, and is the proud and loving uncle of three adorable children and the father to his fur baby, the very handsome but cheeky Pomeranian pooch, Tinsel.
Having spent many years in dull and boring office jobs, Martin decided to follow his dreams and become more creative, and now spends his time painting, acting, playing music, writing and, of course, taking Tinsel for lots of walks.
Martin attended the Conservatorium of Music High School and upon completion of his HSC he spent a year at Sydney University before returning to the Sydney Conservatorium to complete his Bachelor of Music degree.
After spending a year studying and living in the UK, Martin returned to accept full time and freelance positions in arts administration for ensembles such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
While working in arts administration, Martin continued to perform as both a flutist and pianist, and recorded a number of radio recitals and programs including the complete Haydn Piano Sonatas and also the complete Flute Sonatas of J.S. Bach.
Martin transitioned his career into media, working at FOXTEL and later as the National Airtime Manager for Southern Cross Austereo and then National Trading Manager with the Australian Radio Network.
In 2019 Martin retired from corporate life to shift his focus towards his lifelong passion for creative outlets. He now focuses his time on abstract painting, children’s book writing, and acting having studied at Screenwise Australia, NIDA, Improv Theatre Sydney, and AMAW and has started working in front of the camera on innumerable productions including several TV series, short films, feature films and theatre.
Martin is the Principal Flutist and longest serving President of the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2019 he was acknowledged with a citizen award for his contribution to arts and culture by the Woollahra Council.
This rhyming children’s picture book is quite funny. Most children have heard a parent or grandparent say something like this, “Don’t hold your mouth that way….it might freeze in that position.” Children seem to get the point without believing them to be speaking literally. In this book are two young sisters who absolutely love pickles. When they visit Nana and Poppa, they can’t wait to get into the refrigerator to eat the scrumptious pickles. On one occasion, they can’t stop eating the pickles. Then, it happened. They turned into pickles! Inside of their pink shoes, the parents found a green pickle with blinking eyes. How could this be fixed? Would they have to live in a jar in the refrigerator?
This children’s book is imaginative and the illustrations are cute in an edgy way. Most children will be laughing, but not so if you have a very literal child (like I do).
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