HEY YOU! C'MERE: A Poetry Slam
Elizabeth Swados, , illus. by Joe Cepeda. . Scholastic/Levine, $15.95 (48pp) ISBN 978-0-439-09257-9
Everyone's a poet, according to this exhortative poetry-reading and street-theater combo: "You've got a poem in your pocket,/ A poem on your tongue, did you know that?/ You can be the poet and you can be the poem too./ Yesssss!" To prove it, seven young poets roam their city block on a summer day, using ordinary situations as material for syncopated storytelling. The players' portraits and names appear in the table of contents, so that each one is identifiable during their improv. Ratchit, a bold prankster, repeats a tough kid's threat ("Hey you, c'mere,/ Whatsa matter witcha"), while his friend Jacob describes a timid reaction to bullying in "A Good Cry." Mattie mimics her mother's phone voice—"Yeah, uh huh, uh huh"—in a song. While Doria creates a nonsense riff on "Silly Names" ("
Reviewed on: 02/18/2002
Paperback - 47 pages - 978-0-439-09258-6