What's in this anthology for today's child? Food fights, outer space, animals, noses, monsters, sports, and sibling rivalry. Each of award-winning illustrator Meilo So's spectacular watercolor-splashed spreads reflects a theme: one buggy watercolor romp is surrounded by Deborah Chandra's "Cricket," Walter R. Brooks's "Ants, Although Admirable, Are Awfully Aggravating," and Robert Frost's "Blue-Butterfly Day." Five nocturnal poems nestle into a moonlit cityscape. Four music-related poems, from Bruce Lansky's "My Violin" to X.J. Kennedy's "The Girl Who Makes the Cymbals Bang," burst from So's cacophonous paintings. This excellent collection, a companion to The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury, belongs on every poetry lover's bookshelf. Prelutsky, creator of The New Kid on the Block, The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, and more than 30 other poetry books, has perfect pitch. (Click to see a sample spread. Illustrations copyright 1999 by Meilo So. Permission of Alfred A. Knopf.) (All ages) --Karin Snelson
I would recommend this book for anyone with children.
This is a great collection of poems, most of which I have not encountered before, so it's as exciting to me to read them as it is for my grandkids to listen to.
This is another great anthology; well selected poems; great topics; great illustrations.
I meet some poems I'd never read before, but I miss my old favorites. These poems treat modern life with new forms of verse. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Christopher E. Reid
Poems that span the twentieth century. Poems that celebrate life and its beauty. Cuddly, happy, serious, silly poems, poems, poems; two hundred eleven in all. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stan Wells
For years I have given books, inscribed with the date and occasion, to children in the hopes that they will enjoy reading them for years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peggy
I love reading poetry to my grandchildren. The images drawn, in few words, create an environment for imagination. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Crzyoldone
I am going to school to be a teacher and I know I will be using this book in my classroom, I used it in one of my English classes and my classmates loved the different poems insidePublished 8 months ago by imthetrueshorty
The pictures and text are clear but I find the 20th century children's poetry doesn't have the same verve as traditional poetry.Published 8 months ago by Nolen
This is a great baby shower gift! Or a nice book to have if you are around children, or not......fabulous illustrations! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jody Cousins