www – Oxymorons

Well, I received a letter from my Dear Aunt Agnes and it has so many oxymorons in it, so I can’t figure out WHAT she’s trying to tell me! Can you help identify all of the Oxymorons in her letter? What’s an oxymoron you ask?

Oxymorons are when you place two words next to each other that seem to contradict each other, or have opposite meanings, but when used together, they have meaning! For example, Jumbo Shrimp is an oxymoron….because Jumbo means big and Shrimp means small, but together, it means a something delicious!

written by Pamela Rogers
produced by Buttons & Figs
audio engineered by Blaise Collins


www – Add A Rhyme

On this episode of Wacky Wordplay Wednesday we’re going to play with RHYMES! Who doesn’t like to have a good time with a mighty good rhyme?!
In this game you’ll be listening to our rhyming verse so you can Add A Rhyme when I say it’s time! Your challenge…ADD A RHYME. (Wacky, quacky, badacky rhymes get extra points, said I) Get ready to play – ADD A RHYME!


written by pamela rogers
audio produced by blaise collins
SFX from Zapsplat


Halloween is Coming!

Buttons & Figs kids love Halloween,
The best time of the year!
A night to go out, paint your face,
and feel and give out fear!

Here’s a little song to put you in the spirit! Happy October…..Bah-ha-ha-ha-ha…Boo!

We hope you’ll sing along!

written by mark pena and pamela rogers
vocals by mark pena
audio produced by blaise collins
sfx by Zapsplat


What Can I Be? Now that Halloween is Coming it’s time to figure it out! Here’s a little treat, with a little beat, about a boy figuring out what he wants to be this Halloween. What Will You Be this Halloween?! Hmmm?

written by mark pena and pamela rogers
vocals by mark pena
audio produced by blaise collins
sfx by Zapsplat


www – Noun Town News

What’s in Noun Town you ask?! Well, Noun Town has people and animals, places, and things! Noun Town always has ideas, but only on Tuesdays. You are about to hear actual headlines read from the Noun Town Newspaper archives. Your challenge is to write down all the Nouns in each headline! Ready to learn a bit about the goings on in Noun Town? Are you sure?


Inspired by The Nutty News by Ron Barrett

Buttons & Figs · WWW – Noun Town

written by: Pamela Rogers
audio produced by: Blaise Collins


extra! extra! Super Hero Jokes for National Comic Book Day

extra! extra! It’s National Comic Book Day and to celebrate we have SUPER HERO KIDS telling SUPER HERO JOKES! Kids selected a joke from the “DC Super Friends Joke Book” to share with you! We recorded these jokes at the Velma Teague branch of Glendale Public Library during their LibConWest Festival. A Free Festival dedicated to celebrating comics and pop culture! Mark your calendar for this year’s virtual event…Sat Dec 5, 2020! Visit www.libconwest.org or glendaleazlibrary.com to learn more! Wakanda forever, comic books always!

Buttons & Figs · extra! Super Hero Jokes for National Comic Book Day


Woke Poetry

Before Buttons & Figs heads back into the school year with more wacky wordplay…we have an extra! episode about social justice. On this episode you’ll hear three amazing poems read by Mahogany Browne from the new poetry picture book titled, “Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice.” You’ll also get to hear from some Buttons & Figs kids sharing their thoughts about justice. We hope hearing these poems and conversations will prompt you to talk about social justice with your family.

The poems in “Woke” also feature poets Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood, with a forward by Jason Reynolds. This picture book is filled with hope and joy and the poems will help grownups open up conversations with kids about justice. The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and published by Roaring Brook Press.

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled wacky wordplay next time. Till then, may your head turn green and your hands turn blue. Thanks for listening to me and you and you and me.

audio sound by Blaise Collins
sound FX from Zapsplat
produced by Buttons & Figs

Buttons & Figs · extra! – Woke – poems about justice with poet Mahogany Browne