Brown writes and illustrates playfully matter-of-fact poems that feature peculiar animals, creatures, and humans, drawn with chalky outlines and expressive eyes. Categories of poems include “The Critterverse,” “Schoolishness,” and “Word Crashes,” a section featuring nouveau portmanteau words (“This Grouchyoungorilla/ hasn’t gotten very far./ Some thoughtless thug/ has just unplugged/ his nicelectricar”). Beneath the framed central images, Brown doesn’t let the bottom edge of the pages go to waste, filling them with mini-scenes and jokes connected to the poems above. Full of absurdity and off-kilter musings (“I think I need a forklift/ to lift my backpack./ So many textbooks/ in my knapsack,/ I fear a back-snap”), Brown’s collection offers a zingy introduction to the silly side of poetry. Ages 8–12. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 02/09/2015 Release date: 03/17/2015 Genre: Children's
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