”Kind words can be short and easy to speak,

but their echoes are truly endless.”

                     livepage.apple.com                      Mother Teresa

Spiral Press

Limericks from the Animal Kingdom


    Limericks are traditionally naughty, however, this one is 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.

    A portion of the proceeds from this book goes to the Hackney-Hatton Fund to support families of children living with autism.

            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.

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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 www.CarlysArt.com

176 pages    8 1/2  x 6     $12.95 Cad

A Taste of What’s Inside




Limericks from the Animal  Kingdom With a Dash of Colour

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

Limericks from the Animal Kingdom

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