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Bookspeak!: Poems about Booksby Laura Purdie Salas
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A collection of wacky, whimsical poems about books and all the treasures they contain. Laura Purdie Salas, the acclaimed author of Stampede!, is back with another collection of wild and weird, wacky and winsome poems about all the magic to be found on a single bookshelf. In BookSpeak!, each poem gives voice to a group that seldom gets a voice . . . the books themselves! Characters plead for sequels, book jackets strut their stuff, and we get a sneak peek at the raucous parties in the aisles when all the lights go out at the bookstore!Illustrator Josand#233;e Bisaillonand#8217;s mixture of collage, drawings, and digital montage presents page after page of richly colored spreads filled with action and charm. Together, Salas and Bisaillon deliver a unique collection brimming with ideas as much about spines and dust jackets as they are about adventure and imagination.
"'Put down the controller./ Switch off the TV./ Abandon the mouse and/ just hang out with me.' From the outset, this collection of poems makes its message clear: books are where it's at. Salas's polished verse demonstrates a deep love for all aspects of books, from their content to their creators, and she's not above using a touch of guilt to get her audience invested: 'If a book remains unopened/ and no reader turns its page,/ does it still embrace a story/ or trap words inside a cage?' She celebrates the physical print book, too (e-readers go unmentioned), with poems dedicated to indexes, cliffhanger endings, and even bookplates ('Write your name upon me/ I'm a paper love tattoo'). Bisaillon's mixed media illustrations are dizzyingly inventive, their bright colors, sampling of typography, and whimsical details underscoring the idea of the potential that awaits between the covers. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
An inventive poetry collection that shows the wild side of first- and second-graders at school.
These 18 funny and imaginative poems observe students in their natural habitat and reveal their unusual behavior, crazy communication, and very healthy appetites. Whether theyand#8217;re in the classroom, on the playground, or in the cafeteria, school brings out the animal in all of them. And if you look carefully as you turn the pages, you may even glimpse some of the wild side in yourself!
About the Author
Josand#233;e Bisaillon grew up in St-Hyacinthe, Quand#233;bec, Canada. Rather than follow in her father's footsteps as a veterinary surgeon, she chose to cut animals from paper: they were colorful, low maintenance and always in fine health. Bisaillon has won many Applied Arts Illustration and LUX Illustration Awards in Quand#233;bec, and was a finalist for the 2008 Governor General's Literary Awards in Canada.
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