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Poetry, Take One
We've broken the poetry into two lists: next month will be devoted to anthologies including work from multiple authors, while this month focuses on volumes of verse from individual poets. Varying in tone from the gross to the grave to the grand, these titles will be useful in any number of different circumstances and rewarding in even more.
Accuracy, empathy, and style make this a winning collection about life as seen through teenage eyes. (BCCB 10/95) [see also Love Letters]
This collection of fifteen poems celebrates the nativity in the quiet voices of animals and of some humans who are often overlooked; Mathers' intensely colored animal vignettes are visually reminiscent of a streamlined Rousseau.
"Plainspeaking but lyrical, Fletcher makes poetry accessible while still keeping it, well, poetry." (BCCB 7/86) [see also I Am Wings: Poems about Love]
Tart, inventive, and funny poems in a variety of verse forms are enhanced by Florian's doodly sketches in thick lines. (BCCB 11/94) [see also beast feast, on the wing, and in the swim]
Deftly controlled grotesquerie is the name of the game here, with Chess' beady-eyed characters encountering-or being-various monstrosities. (BCCB 9/92) [see also Tales for the Perfect Child and Oh, Grow Up!]
Perhaps the multitalented Kennedy's most enduring contribution, these lively, kid-smart, and irreverent verses will entertain veteran and reluctant reader alike. (BCCB 7/86)
Lewis breathes new life into the ancient form of the "guess what this is" riddle; his inventive poems are well-matched by Tilley's spiky, sharp-minded illustrations. (BCCB 6/96)
Energetic, chantable poems are playground-vigorous with a particular gift for the enthusiastically disgusting. (BCCB 4/94)
Prelutsky's adroit wordplay and ebullient rhythms, illustrated with Stevenson's scrawls blitzing across the page, make this a cornucopia of appealing verse. (BCCB 9/96) [see also The New Kid on the Block and multiple others]
In oversized picture-book format, this single-topic volume ruminates wittily and elegantly on cows, assisted by vibrant, thickly textured full-page paintings. (BCCB 12/94)
Verse insights into fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rumpelstiltskin, these poems are sophisticated and evocative, well-matched by Browne's starkly imaginative drawings. (BCCB 4/90)
Turner imagines the voices of pioneer women in free-verse poems, accompanied by Moser's understated yet haunting portraiture. (BCCB 6/93)
This is a complete collection of Worth's precise, observant free-verse "small poems," which bring fresh insights to everyday objects. (BCCB 2/95) [see also Street Talk]
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