Limericks from the Animal Kingdom 

“Today you are you,

That is truer than true.

There is no one alive who is 

Youer than you.

Dr. Seuss

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80 witty limericks written by 92 year old retired psychologist, Dr. I. Mary Hackney, are accompanied by the delightful drawings of 19 year old artist, Carly Hatton.   

The same wonderful limericks and illustrations as below but with a dash of colour. Makes a great special gift. 

    Limericks are traditionally naughty, however, these are good for all ages. 

     Mix the wit and experience of a 92 year old retired psychologist with a 19 year old autistic artist and you have  Limericks From the Animal Kingdom.

     The wonderful words of Mary Hackney are perfectly brought to visual life by the imagination and fresh drawings of Carly Hatton. These two women never met but this little book serves to celebrate and enhance their individual and combined talents.

     Mary died peacefully in Toronto on July 30, 2011. On that day, Carly was in Gananoque creating nervous turtles, rude parrots and indignant camels inspired from Mary’s lively limericks written eleven years earlier. 

Here’s a  Taste of 

Limerick’s from the Animal Kingdom

       Passive Resistance

Though the zebra does not go berserk

Like mustangs, who kick, buck and jerk,

    Man has never been able

    To put him in a stable

Or to get him to do any work.

 Lounge Lizard

A well-meaning Everglades ‘gator

Got a job as a cocktail lounge waiter

    But the day he was hired

    He also got fired

For he picked up a bunny and ate her.


    Dr. I Mary Hackney, author of the limericks, was Chief Psychologist at Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada.  She died on July 30, 2011 at the age of 92. Mary was a great traveller and reader and memorized reams of poetry.  

    I think she would be pleased to see the imaginative drawings that Carly has done to match the limericks.   

    Carly Hatton  was diagnosed with Autism at 4 years of age.  She loves drawing and has captured the essence of Mary’s wit and humour in each of her charming illustrations. You can see more of Carly’s work at