Synopses & Reviews
Paul B. Janeczko
is the anthologist of almost fifty collections, including the award-winning A Poke in the I, A Kick in the Head,
and A Foot in the Mouth,
all illustrated by Chris Raschka. He is also the author of Requiem: Poems of the Terezín Ghetto
and Worlds Afire,
a collection of poems about the 1944 circus fire in Hartford. Paul B. Janeczko lives in Hebron, Maine.
Melissa Sweet has illustrated nearly one hundred books for children, including A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, a 2009 Caldecott Honor Book. She is also the creator of Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macys Parade, a 2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal Winner. Melissa Sweet lives in Rockport, Maine.
"Never more than six or seven lines long and some are just a few words each poem in Janeczko's (A Foot in the Mouth) spirited anthology celebrates an aspect of the seasons. Evocative and accessible, they make excellent prompts for classroom poetry exercises. 'What is it the wind has lost,' ask poets Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser, 'that she keeps looking for/ under each leaf?' Sweet's (Little Red Writing) artwork is marvelously varied. In some spreads, the animals and people are drafted in thoughtful detail, while in others her line is loopy and spontaneous. Dragonflies and crickets blink with flirtatious cartoon-character eyes in one scene, while fireflies and their haunting light are painted with meditative calm in another. Beach towels are striped in hot colors; fog in a city is rice paper glued over a collage of tall buildings. William Carlos Williams's red wheelbarrow and Carl Sandburg's little cat feet appear along with lesser-known works. Even Langston Hughes's poem about a crowded subway sounds a note of hope: 'Mingled/ breath and smell/ so close/ mingled/ black and white/ so near/ no room for fear.' Ages 6 9." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Celebrated poet and anthologist Paul B. Janeczko pairs with Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet for a collection of short poems to sample and savor.
It only takes a few words, if theyre the right words, to create a strong image. Whether listened to in the comfort of a cozy lap or read independently, the thirty-six very short poems in this collection remind readers young and old that a few perfect words and pictures can make the world glow. Selected by acclaimed poet Paul B. Janeczko and gorgeously illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems invites children to sample poems throughout the four seasons.
Just this once, schedules are swept aside as a too busy world suddenly revels in the freedom and peace of the snow. The joy and wonder of a snowy day is brought to new life in this destined-to-be-a-classic picture book from Newbery Honor author, Joyce Sidman, and Caldecott winning artist, Beth Krommes.
There are planes to fly and buses to catch, but a small child wishes for a different sort of day in this striking picture book. When clouds gather and heavy flakes begin to fall, her invocation comes true. As a too-busy world falls silent, a family revels in the freedom and peace of a snow day.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; In a spare text that reads as pure song and illustrations of astonishingly beautiful scratchboard art, Sidman and Krommes remind us that sometimes, if spoken from the heart, wishes really can come true.and#160;and#160;and#160;