In this picture-book collection from veteran anthologist Hopkins, 13 well-known children’s poets celebrate
how books can take readers on wild adventures (“I storm / toward shackled screams / of a kidnapped damsel”), as well as how plain words can reveal the surprising drama in ordinary things, even the rhyming sounds of a clock: “tick-tock / ding-dong / bing-bong.” Karla Kuskin speaks about the “wonders of
wandering / wonderful pages” and “the nonsense and knowledge” the come “tumbling out.” And in another selection, Kristine O’Connell George writes, “riding home from the library, / don’t need a window seat. / Got a great new book to read, / eleven more beneath my feet.” The whimsical, light-toned acrylic artwork extends the metaphors with witty, fantastical transformations of books: in one scene, a dark-blue
book cover becomes an ocean, where you can “dive in the sea of words and swim.” Fun for sharing with preschoolers, this will also spark discussion in grade-school writing and art classes. Notes about each poet are appended. (Booklist-Hazel Rochman)
About the Author
Lee Bennett Hopkins is the recipient of the Christopher Award, the University of Southern Mississippi's Medallion, and the NCTE Poetry Award. He is also the founder of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. He lives in Cape Coral, Florida.
Yayo has won numerous prizes for his illustrations. Kirkus Reviews praised the “whimsy and fun” in his illustrations for The King Who Barked by Charlotte Foltz Jones. A native of Colombia, he lives in Montreal, Canada.