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The Leithauser brothers are at it again, which is cause for considerable celebration. The author and illustrator duo of Lettered Creatures have once more collaborated to produce another witty and worldly confection of light verse and delicate drawings. Toad to a Nightingale is a fantastic catalogue of creatures - plant, animal, and object - on whom poet Brad Leithauser has bestowed song and spirit and his brother Mark beauty and bodily form. The verse is clear and charming, the drawings of extraordinary precision and invention. Framing this catalogue of surprises is a spirited exchange between the toad and nightingale, suggesting that a soiled toad can sometimes trump the celestial songbird. With the lightness and lyricism of Mozart and the fantasy and invention of Dal?, these verses and their figurations prove that sibling collaborations can certainly provide their rewards, especially for the reader.

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Gold Gato, January 28, 2012 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
Sometimes I purchase a book based solely on its beauty. This is such a book. The Leithauser brothers combine their poetry and art to create a rewarding volume for anyone who wants to enjoy some cream (illustrations) with their tea (verse).

The book's framework is a conversation between a Toad and a Nightingale. They bookend the story with their competitive taunts, while poetry on nature, the solar system, and even furnaces fill in the middle.

"You'll never fly,
With neither wings
Nor song to lift
Your squatting heart."

The Nightingale lets loose first, hitting the mud squatter with some zings. Then the rest of the poetry begins, and I can't even name a favorite, as I enjoyed each and every one. Since this is a Godine publication, it's a book that belongs on a bookshelf and should be considered a privilege, meaning a warning should be sounded if grubby hands even dare to approach. It's not specifically a children's book, but what a pleasure it is to go over one poem per night, providing the young'un with anticipation.

"Let no word come to me tonight
From anyone out there."

Book Season = Winter (curled up under the covers)
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ISBN:
9781567923414
Author:
Leithauser, Brad
Publisher:
David R. Godine Publisher
Illustrator:
Leithauser, Mark
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Poetry / Plays
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Deluxe
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
10.35x8.22x.56 in. 1.00 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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"Synopsis" by , The Leithauser brothers are at it again, which is cause for considerable celebration. The author and illustrator duo of Lettered Creatures have once more collaborated to produce another witty and worldly confection of light verse and delicate drawings. Toad to a Nightingale is a fantastic catalogue of creatures - plant, animal, and object - on whom poet Brad Leithauser has bestowed song and spirit and his brother Mark beauty and bodily form. The verse is clear and charming, the drawings of extraordinary precision and invention. Framing this catalogue of surprises is a spirited exchange between the toad and nightingale, suggesting that a soiled toad can sometimes trump the celestial songbird. With the lightness and lyricism of Mozart and the fantasy and invention of Dal?, these verses and their figurations prove that sibling collaborations can certainly provide their rewards, especially for the reader.
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