Synopses & Reviews
[insert star] "This one's a blast."and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred reviewand#160;The winter is through./The springtime is here./The season is new./The weather is clear./We're ready to hit one/Right over the wall./The winter is through--/Throw out the first ball!and#160;From the first pitch to the last out, this collection of baseballand#160;poems offer something for anyone whoand#8217;s ever playedand#8212;or watchedand#8212;a game of baseball. Florian's Poem Runs combines irresistible language and his signature child-friendly, bold illustration style in this celebration of the magic of baseball.and#160;
"Upbeat poems that exude a bravado and competitive spirit that's perfect for the subject matter...this one's a blast."--Publishers Weekly, starred review "A great choice for sandlot players who just want to have fun."--School Library Journal "An enjoyable collection of verse aimed at children who play the game."--Booklist
". . . these creatures have personality, exuberance and high style that perfectly match the verses. Loads of fun."--Kirkus, starred review
"From delicately comical to downright funny, the art perfectly reflects the contagiously rhythmic, playful verse. Made for sharing, and worth learning by heart, too."--Horn Book, starred review
". . . these poems will give readers a new perspective on getting dressed . . . Playful spreads and spot art suit the small, snappy verses beautifully. This whimsical little volume will make a delightful addition to poetry collections."--School Library Journal, starred review
"The whimsical illustrations pair perfectly with the wittiness of the text, and the whole is a clever and original poetic treat."--Booklist, starred review
and#8220;. . . enjoyable sound effects . . . Tone varies from sturdy support of and#8216;Boband#8217;s Bicycle Helmetand#8217; . . . to the playfulness of and#8216;Wandaand#8217;s Swimsuit . . . the extraordinary precision of Matherand#8217;s [sic] delicate brush strokes result in collagelike textures and crisp solidity . . . sure to tickle youngsters.and#8221;--The Bulletin
"Here's a match made in children's-book Heaven: esteemed poet Schertle (All You Need for a Snowman) and Mathers, the artist behind the Lottie's World (the charming chicken) books . . . Full of surprises, perhaps a sniffle, and plenty of cheer ("Everybody clap your hands,/ everybody shout,/ Bill's got his jacket on,/ LET'S GO OUT!"), this one will be in constant demand."--PW Shelf Awareness
A Junior Library Guild Selection * "Readers will relish every gross and hilarious entry in this monstrous menu of misadventures. . . . Hereand#8217;s a read-aloud candidate sure to elicit loud screamsand#8212;but not of fright." and#8212;Kirkus Reviews, starred review * "The book is fresh, creative, and funny, with just enough gory detail to cause a few gasps. Kids will eat it up."and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review "With irreverent entries such as and#8216;Count Dracula Doesn't Know Heand#8217;s Been Walking Around All Night With Spinach in His Teeth,and#8217; this mash of monster poems will send kids howling (with laughter)."and#8212;Family Fun
[star] "Florian has created a zoological garden of delights."
--School Library Journal (starred review)
[star] "Florian once again tickles his readers. . . . Superb . . . although this classes as
a book of poetry, it's equally a book of art."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
[star] "Brims with whimsy and fun."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Florian's elegant poems and watercolor collages are a treat."--Los Angeles Times
(star)"The clever artwork . . . and arachnid verse it illustrates will delight readers."--Booklist (starred review)
(star)"There are other books of poetry about insects . . . but none match Insectlopedia."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"A modern master of nonsense verse reaches new heights of giddiness with this Halloween-themed collection. . . . Nefariously silly indeed."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Brown's acrylic illustrations add to the creepy silliness: an artful mix of naive and stylized, whimsical details and vibrant color. Young readers will relish the wordplay and find themselves torn to choose a favorite among this wacky menagerie."--School Library Journal, starred review
"[A] festive collection of 21 whimsical rhymes and elegant watercolors celebrating familiar and exotic feathery flyers.and#8212;Parenting
"A fine encore to Florian's Beast Feast....A sturdy foundation from which to explore the playfulness of language."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
"For anyone who admires birds or gentle, light-hearted verse."and#8212;San Diego Parent
"Lots of fun for a wide age range--including adults."--Booklist
"Florian finds mischievous reptile lore that will make young readers laugh."--Publishers Weekly
"A delightfully poetic peek into the world of reptiles and amphibians . . .children will giggle and holler for more."--The Boston Herald
"This clever collection of light verse . . . is sure to draw fans of Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and other purveyors of nonsense."--School Library Journal"Goofy and clever and playful . . . A perfect book for any young reader who wants a laugh."--Paul B. Janeczko, author of A Poke in the I
Take me out the the ball game!and#160;Celebrate oneand#160; of America's favorite spring and summer pastimes with this collection of witty baseball poems written and illustrated by Douglas Florian.
Giggles galore in this collection ofand#160;humorousand#160;poems about treasuredand#160;articles of clothing owned by adorable animals.and#160;Brimming withand#160;rhyme, repetition,and#160;andand#160;wordplay.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;
I'm a hand-me-down sweatshirt
with zipperand#160;and hood.
and still looking good.
Clothes take on a personality all their own in this "fashionable"and#160;poetry collection. A colorful array of outfitsand#160;are brought to vivid life by Alice Schertle's wry poetry and Petra Mathers's exuberant cast of animaland#160;characters.and#160;From Joshua's cozy jammies to Emily's frilly undies, the duds on display in this perfectly stitched poetry collection are as unique as the critters who wear them. Giggles galore!
Celebrate America's favorite pastime with this collection of witty baseball poems written and illustrated by Douglas Florian, the author of the New York Times best-seller insectlopedia.
From the first pitch to the last out and all nine innings between, Douglas Florianand#8217;s
collection of baseball poems brings wordplay, wit, and laughter to Americaand#8217;s
springtime tradition. Featuring a mean-armed pitcher, a daisy-picking right fielder,
and a lightning-swift base stealer, Poem Runs combines irresistible language and
Florianand#8217;s signature child-friendly, bold illustration style in this celebration of the magic
A hilarous look at the day-to-day life of the average ghoul.
Being a monsterand#160;isn't all frightening villagers and sucking blood.and#160;Monsters have their trials, too. Poor Frankenstein's cupboard is bare, Wolfman is in need of some household help, and it's best not to get started on Draculaand#8217;s hygiene issues. What could be scarier?
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Nineteen hilarious poems delve into the secret lives of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bigfoot, Godzilla, and others. In a range of styles that pay homage to everyone from Charles Schulz to John James Audubon, the monstrously talented Adam Rex uncovers horrific--and clever--truths you won't want to miss.
The bestselling mighty mammal extravaganza now available in paperback!
This marvelous menagerie of twenty-one poems and paintings will make readers laugh out loud. With mammals ranging from the howling coyote and the wood-chopping beaver to the daring ibex and the speedy tiger, this is a zooful of furry fun like no other!
The windows are open and bugs are everywhere!
Let the giggles and goosebumps begin!and#160;Thisand#160;and#160;Halloween-themed poem collectionand#160;from New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Calef Brown isand#160;a perfect combination ofand#160; silliness and spookiness.and#160;Great read-aloud fun.and#160;
Are you ready for Hallowilloween? With wolves, witches, and everything in between? A human collage!and#160;Aand#160;shrunken head? An evil Vumpire not quite dead . . .
This collection ofand#160;fourteen scarily silly poems isand#160;aand#160;real Halloween treat! Calef Brown showcasesand#160;the spooky side ofand#160;hisand#160;imagination withand#160;cleverand#160;wordplay and wonderfully weirdand#160;illustrations thatand#160;leave readers and werewolves howling.and#160;Great read-aloud fun.and#160;and#160;
From the familiar roadrunner and common crow to the exotic quetzal and Andean cock-of-the-rock, this unusual aviary of twenty-one colorful creatures soars with feathery frivolity.
Twenty-one toadally hilarious reptile and amphibian poems from bestselling poet and painter Douglas Florian!
From transparent glass frogs and ravenous rattlesnakes to sticky geckos and stressed-out skinks, this slithery spectacle showcases once again Douglas Florian's incomparable skill for making poetry informative, fun--and irresistible!
A big book of Florian verse, now in paperback
One was a black belt. One was a brown. One had a loose belt; His pants fell down.
Silly, irreverent, and always clever, these poems showcase Douglas Florianand#8217;s talent for creating outrageously entertaining verse. More than 150 witty poems accompanied byand#160;droll black-and-white drawings will knock the socks off devoted poetry fans and newcomers alike.
In this hilarious collection of twenty-one original animal poems and paintings, the animals are out in all their finned, furry, and feathered glory. From lobsters to rheas to fireflies, kiwis to camels to chameleons, hereand#8217;s a beast for everyone to love!
Grab your snorkel and splash along with outrageous underwater creatures!
in the swim.
Children will delight in the playful, witty language of twenty-one lively poems while they learn about their ocean and freshwater friends.
In the tradition of Edward Lear, Calef Brown has fashioned fourteen nonsense poems so wacky that both young and old will be unable to suppress their laughter. Invented words and sounds and their visual counterparts create both an audible and a visual feast. This is the kind of silliness children (and many adults) relish.
About the Author
Calef Brown began his career as a tour guide at an early age, when he discovered the simple joy of pointing things out. He is also an artist, writer, and frequently a blue elephant. Mr. Brownand#8217;s illustrations have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and his paintings have been exhibited in N.Y., L.A., S.F., and other places without fancy initials, like Osaka and Rome. He lives in Maine.