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Pigmares Porcine Poems of the Silver Screen

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By Doug Cushman, Doug Cushman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580894012
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Published: Charlesbridge - July 1st, 2012

While the hero of Pigmares should “never watch monsters on film before bed” we all should read Pigmares: Porcine Poems of the Silver Scream...I mean Screen! From Frankenswine, to Earth vs. the Flying Sausage to Pig Kong each poem is a wonderful tongue-in-cheek good time. You’ll recognize each movie spoof (but if you don’t, there is a guide at the end) in this rhyming poetry book. For the child in us all, Cushman’s poems are laugh-out and read-out-loud fun! (Not just for fans of poetry, can be a great introduction for the reluctant poet.) ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Solely some fantastic poetry

I like poetry. I like books. I like poetry books. And I love Stars in the Shadows by Charles R. Smith, Jr (illustrated by Frank Morrison) and I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus by Jack Prelutsky (illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic).

One takes poetry and helps make a historical event (a very special baseball game) accessible to all types of readers; the other makes poetry fun and a delight to reread and read aloud!

“Welcome to Chicago, welcome all. It’s a beautiful day to play baseball.” August 26. 1934 is the day the second Negro League All-Star Baseball game was played. And Smith makes that day comes alive in Stars in the Shadows. You’ll probably recognize a few names (Satchel Paige) and wonder how others got theirs (Turkey Stearns). But as Lester Roberts (announcer for Radio Station WNLB) gives you the “play-by-play in a creative way” (prose as rhyming poetry) you are transported to a very familiar thing: a baseball game. But not any game. A game that explores the historical significance of players as good as any white player (perhaps better in many cases) but not considered equal due to skin color. Smith mixes the announcement of the game, commercials and fan comments to weave together a book that will have you yelling, “Play Ball!” (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780689866388
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2012

I've Lost My Hippopotamus

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By Jack Prelutsky, Jackie Urbanovic (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062014573
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 13th, 2012

More than 100 poems grace the pages of Prelutsky’s newest gem. Part Dr. Seuss, part Doug Florian, and part Shel Silverstein but all Jack Prelutsky you’ll be laughing, grossed out, charmed and be groaning at the silliness, puns and unique stories presented in each poem. Children of all ages will read over and over; demand rereading and an adult will never worry about where their child is due to the peals of laughter and glee that will be heard! Jackie Urbanovic’s illustrations are the perfect addition to this must have collection. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Mice of Nibbling Village

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By Jane Pinkney (Illustrator), Margaret Greaves
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ISBN: 9781843651895
Published: National Trust - November 1st, 2011

The poems in this charming volume have strong rhythms and solid rhyme patterns. Victorian-clad mice going about their domestic duties are the subject of these narrative poems, accompanied by lovely watercolor illustrations. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood

I Am the Book

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By Lee Bennet Hopkins, Yayo (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780823421190
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Holiday House - January 11th, 2011

This is a book of poems about books! (Does it get much better than that?) The thirty-odd pages of poems include many wonderful poems covering all aspects of what a book is about: poems about how a book makes you feel (What Was That? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich), poems about what books can be about (Pirates by Jill Corcoran), the coziness of books (Poetry Time by Lee Bennett Hopkins), the sadness (but hopefulness) of lost books (Paperback Plunder by Michele Krueger). Each poem can be reread as many times as your own favorite book. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

April is for Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. And there is nothing like reading poems to our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or students.  From the time I was old enough to write on the bedroom door, words have always fascinated me.  When I learned that there was a world of words called Poetry, I knew that poems were the way to go.  But perhaps what grabs my attention even more than a collection of poems, are a collection of poems that tell a story.

One such collection is There’s No Place like School: Classroom Poems selected by Jack Prelutsky and illustrations by Jane Manning. These poems are done by different poets to tell the story of the school experience. There are many different takes on the same theme: the good (Lunchroom Magic by Charles Ghigna), the bad (It's Today? by Sara Holbrook) and the naughty (The Drinking Fountain by Kenn Nesbitt). Each will have your students, children and grandchildren laughing out loud, sympathizing with the students as tests, naughty water fountains and more are perfectly described. These poets, along with Manning's illustrations, have nailed the world of school flawlessly. Adults will remember their own school days with fond memories and teachers will have their own Why the Frog in Our Class Is Purple moments to be reminded of. (READ MORE)

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By Jack Prelutsky, Jane Manning (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060823382
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Published: Greenwillow Books - June 22nd, 2010


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