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Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Jungle app review

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A companion to Axel Scheffler’s flip book of the same name, Flip Flap Jungle (Nosy Crow, 2015) allows you to create seemingly infinite animals by combining the top half of one and the bottom half of another. Want to see what a parakeet might look like with four furry legs? Swipe the bottom of the brightly […]

Review of Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks

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Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks by Skila Brown; illus. by Bob Kolar Primary    Candlewick    32 pp. 3/16    978-0-7636-6543-2    $16.99 Brown begins this playful and illuminating collection by taking a bite out of the most infamous of these ocean predators, the great white shark: “you’re no bully, / just a big attention hog. So / move […]

Books mentioned in the April 2016 issue of What Makes a Good…?

What Makes Good Poetry? Picture Books Argueta, Jorge  Salsa: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh 32 pp.     Groundwood     2015     ISBN 978-1-55498-442-8 Ebook ISBN 978-1-55498-443-5 Brown, Skila  Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks Illustrated by Bob Kolar 32 pp.     Candlewick     2016     ISBN 978-0-7636-6543-2 Greenfield, Eloise  The Great Migration: Journey to the […]

From the Editor – April 2016

What Makes a Good...?

I can’t think of a genre that scares more book reviewers than poetry (maybe sports books). Perhaps they are afraid that some eagle-eyed reader is going to find out the reviewer doesn’t know the difference between a spondee and a dactyl, but, really, this is making the task more difficult than it needs to be. […]

Recommended Poetry: Young Adult

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Block, Francesca Lia How to (Un)cage a Girl 119 pp. HarperCollins/Cotler 2008. ISBN 978-0-06-135836-4 Library binding ISBN 978-0-06-135837-1 This three-part collection includes forty-five autobiographical poems. Part one details Block’s teenage years; part two follows her as an adult; part three contains “Love Poems for Girls.” Readers will welcome advice from someone who not only understands […]

Recommended Poetry: Picture Books

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Argueta, Jorge Salsa: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem 32 pp. Groundwood 2015. ISBN 978-1-55498-442-8 Ebook ISBN 978-1-55498-443-5 Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. This bilingual cooking poem plays on the multiple meanings of salsa for a musical recipe. As a boy and his family prepare salsa roja, his imagination runs wild, with ingredients becoming […]

Recommended Poetry: Intermediate

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Fogliano, Julie When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons 56 pp. Roaring Brook/Porter 2016. ISBN 978-1-59643-852-1 Illustrated by Julie Morstad. The book begins and ends on “march 20″ with a blue bird on a flowering tree branch (and with the same poem). In between are poems for days throughout the year. Morstad’s gouache and […]

Five questions for Joyce Sidman

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Today’s foremost nature poet for children, Joyce Sidman published her first lyrical, observant, and scrupulously annotated nature study in 2005, with Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems, illustrated by Beckie Prange. But Joyce is at home with all manner of subjects, with Before Morning, out this fall, about the intersection of hope, […]

Review of Among a Thousand Fireflies

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Among a Thousand Fireflies by Helen Frost; photos by Rick Lieder Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp. 3/16    978-0-7636-7642-1    $15.99    g Frost and Lieder (Step Gently Out; Sweep Up the Sun) collaborate on a third picture book featuring a poem by Frost illustrated with Lieder’s luminous photographs, this time on the subject 
of fireflies. Frost’s short […]

An open letter for National Poetry Month

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Dear Mr. Silverstein, dear Ms. Goose, dear Mr. Prelutsky, dear Dr. Seuss, dear Mr. Hughes, and dear Ms. Frost, I’m writing to confess that I’ve sometimes lost whatever connects me to a chapbook or a slam though a big fan of poetry I am. Iamb! It’s just that the volume of volumes of plot can […]