I've tried other genres (kinds of writing). When I was a teenager, I was a runner-up in a Canadian novel-writing competition for young adults. A play I wrote was produced in Australia and two of my poems for adults have been published. My picture book, Tall Tale, is non-fiction. But I like writing poetry for kids best for three reasons: (1) I get to play with words (2) I can be super silly and still be taken seriously and (3) my ideas are short and poems can be short. Even a picture book has to be more than one page long!