Figgie Hobbin

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Figgie Hobbin
Author Charles Causley
Illustrator Pat Marriott
Country England
Language English
Genre Children's poetry
Publisher Macmillan
Publication date
Media type hardback
ISBN 0-333-12078-7
OCLC 22729750
LC Class PZ8.3.C3134 Fi

Figgie Hobbin: Poems for Children is a children's poetry collection written by the Cornish poet Charles Causley and first published in 1970. Since then it has gone through numerous reprints, including a notable version published in the United States in 1973, with illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman.

The poems' subjects are fairly evenly split between gentle introspection and delighting in random nonsense. The poem from which the book gets its title speaks of the old King of Cornwall, tempted with all sorts of exotic dishes, who petulantly tells his servants to take it all away and bring him what he really wants—a humble dish of figgie hobbin. (Figgy hobbin:- plain pastry, cooked with a handful of raisins (raisins being "figs" and figs "broad raisins").[1]


Note: the following poems are printed in the U.S. edition of the book. The U.K. edition may contain a slightly different collection of poems.

  • I saw a jolly hunter
  • A fox came into my garden
  • 'Quack!' said the billy goat
  • Colonel Fazackerley
  • Tell me, tell me, Sarah Jane
  • As I went down Zig Zag
  • Logs of wood
  • Old Mrs. Thing-um-e-bob
  • King Foo Foo
  • Riley
  • At nine of the night I opened my door
  • My mother saw a dancing bear
  • Figgie Hobbin


  1. ^ Mary Maddock. "Figgie Hobbin Recipe – Cornish Recipes". Retrieved 7 February 2015. 

External links[edit]

Cookbook:Figgie 'obbin at Wikibooks