Poems I Wrote When No One Was Looking

Alan Katz, illus. by Edward Koren. S&S/McElderry, $17.99 (160p) ISBN 978-1-4169-3518-6
Accompanied by Koren's impish, characteristically furry caricatures, Katz's comedic poems take aim at familiar experiences like family squabbling and avoiding homework, while offering child-centric observations about the world. In one, the speaker laments a sibling's painful violin playing: "She screeches and she scratches,/ and I know she's really trying./ Not sure if this is Clair de Lune,/ or outside, a cat's dying." Kids will revel in the gently wicked jokes ("Do not click!/ And do not clunk!/ I'm onomatopoeiaing") and mild gross-out gags ("Dad has a big nose./ Mom has a big nose..../ Mom or Dad's nose?/ I wouldn't pick either") that run throughout the collection. Ages 7–10. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 07/18/2011
Release date: 10/01/2011
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 256 pages - 978-1-4424-0274-4
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