Tag Archives: Hungry Mungrey

Hungry Mungrey

Ethan is reciting Shel Silverstein’s Hungry Mungrey (but with some words changed to suit in the Philippine setting) in a literary contest during the 15th founding anniversary of Jean Baptiste of Reims College (Formerly:  Saint La Salle School of Quezon City). He was 5 years old then.


Hungry Mungry

  1. Hungry Mungry sat at supper,
  2. Took his knife and spoon and fork,
  3. Ate a bowl of mushroom soup, ate a slice of roasted pork,
  4. Ate a dozen stewed tomatoes, twenty-seven deviled eggs,
  5. Fifteen shrimps, nine baked potatoes,
  6. And thirty-two fried chicken legs,
  7. A shank of lamb, a boiled ham,
  8. Two bowls of grits, some black-eyed peas,
  9. Four chocolate shakes, eight angel cakes,
  10. Nine custard pies with Muenster cheese,
  11. Ten pots of tea, and after he,
  12. Had eaten all that he was able,
  13. He poured some broth on the tablecloth
  14. And ate the kitchen table.


  1. His parents said, “Oh Hungry Mungry, stop these silly jokes.”
  2. Mungry opened up his mouth, and “Gulp,” he ate his folks.
  3. And then he went and ate his house, all the bricks and wood,
  4. And then he ate up all the people in his neighborhood.
  5. Up came twenty angry policemen shouting, “Stop and cease.”
  6. Mungry opened up his mouth and “Gulp,” he ate the police.
  7. Soldiers came with tanks and guns.
  8. Said Mungry, “They can’t harm me.”
  9. He just smiled and licked his lips and ate the Philippine Army.

  1. The President sent all his bombers–Mungry still was calm,
  2. Put his head back, gulped the planes, and gobbled up the bomb.
  3. He ate his town and ate the city—and ate and ate and ate–
  4. And then he said, “I think I’ll eat the whole Philippines.”

  1. And so he ate Manila first and munched the Manila Zoo,
  2. And then he chewed on Luneta Park but he found it rather sour.
  3. He ate Quezon City and Manila Bay, and all of Pasig town,
  4. Then drank the Marikina River just to wash it down.
  5. And when he’d eaten every town, each puppy, boy and girl
  6. He wiped his mouth upon his sleeve and went to eat the world.

  1. And so he ate the Egypt pyramids and every church in Rome,
  2. And all the grass in Africa and all the ice in Nome.
  3. He ate each hill in green Brazil and then to make things worse
  4. He decided for dessert he’d eat the universe.

  1. He started with the moon and stars and soon as he was done
  2. He gulped the clouds, he sipped the wind and gobbled up the sun.
  3. Then sitting there in the cold dark air,
  4. He started to nibble his feet,
  5. Then his legs, then his hips
  6. Then his neck, then his lips
  7. Till he sat there just gnashin’ his teeth
  8. ‘Cause nothin’ was nothin’ was
  9. Nothin’ was nothin’ was
  10. Nothin’ was left to eat.

Tags: , , , , ,