Synopses & Reviews
"Brown's (Dutch Sneakers and Flea Keepers) fun-filled poems feature an unpredictable range of topics and imagery. The poet-illustrator toys with pronunciation in his 'Tongue Tester' ('Stealthy thieves/ in knit wool caps/ collect antiques/ in thick cloth sacks') and, again, in 'The Egret,' the mock-doleful tale of a man who 'told a secret/ to an egret,' and 'got a talking-to/ from the cockatoo,/ and the cuckoo too.' He offsets each poem with one of his flat, idiosyncratic paintings; with their oddball beasts and improbable color combinations, his pictures are somewhere between surreal and folk art. For the title poem ('I'm not a fan/ of toast and jam... / or even Cream of Wheat./ A bowl of cream of broccoli, / now there's a morning treat'), Brown depicts a fellow with lavender skin smiling crookedly at pea-green broth, while someone else brandishes an ordinary takeout coffee cup. In 'Painting on Toast,' an artist places some bread on an easel and composes a scene using dollops of jam and cream cheese. A smorgasbord of punditry and weirdness, this collection will remind kids that poetry and pictures can exist just for kicks. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From the inner workings of Grandpaand#8217;s nose hair to noodles in a haystack, Calef Brown once again proves he is a master of hilarious poetic imponderables such as . . . donuts:
Why do all grownups like donuts so much?
They rave about flavors and fillings and such.
They praise all the glazes. They savor the dough.
Donuts are tasty. We get it! We know!!
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.