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Most of the selections aren't more than a few stanzas long, but each one hits you with a bright burst of humor that's like a sip of a fizzy drink on a hot day. . . . Hawkes's pencil and acrylic illustrations highlight the humor and the whimsy of the nonsense verses, but they also underscore the poems' innocence and childlike dignity when called for, and the artist gets the mix exactly right.
—The Horn Book (starred review)

The quaint poems have liberal helpings of both wit and whimsy and an occasional sprinkling of mild potty humor. . . . The whole has an uncluttered and inviting effect. Likely to become a classic, this is a great addition to any picture-book collection.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

Marilyn Nelson is an award-winning author and poet for adults and children. The recipient of two Newbery Honors, a Michael L. Printz Honor, and many other top accolades, she is also a former poet laureate of Connecticut. Marilyn Nelson lives in New York.

Pamela Espeland has authored, co-authored, or edited more than two hundred books on a variety of subjects. She lives in Minneapolis.

Halfdan Rasmussen is the late author of THE LADDER. He is highly respected in his native Denmark for both his children’s verse and his adult-oriented poems on social issues and human rights. Prior to his death in 2002, he granted Marilyn Nelson express permission to produce English versions of his works.

Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of the New York Times best-selling Library Lion as well as many other award-winning books for children, including WESTLANDIA; SIDEWALK CIRCUS; HANDEL, WHO KNEW WHAT HE LIKED; and ME, ALL ALONE, AT THE END OF THE WORLD. Kevin Hawkes lives in Gorham, Maine.

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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763623792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763623791
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 7.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 11, 2011
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Denmark! Mention the country and children's literature in one breath and what would most Americans think of? Well, if they were well-versed in the form they might think of Hans Christian Andersen. Our national interest in children's authors from other countries is sparse, but once in a while someone pierces the collective unconscious. Unfortunately for us, Danish children's literature begins and ends with the esteemed Andersen. For all we know, that country's interest in kids' fare began and ended with his reign. So it was with great interest that I became acquainted with one Halfdan Rasmussen. Former resistance fighter against the German occupation, human rights advocate, and children's poet, the man wore many a hat in his day. Having already been introduced to U.S. kids in the previous publication "The Ladder", Rasmussen returns to our public eye with a collection of younger fare. Sweet and jaunty by turns, "A Little Bitty Man" exhibits all the best aspects of classic children's poetry. You may have never known this Rasmussen fellow before but after reading this you'll be happy to make his acquaintance.

Thirteen poems of relative brevity are collected together. Ranging from the realistic to the fantastical, Rasmussen dares to spark young imaginations with this collection. In it you'll encounter an elf with a singular method of retaining warmth in a chilly proboscis, a dolly with latrophobia, incontinent rainclouds, clever goats, literary fowl, and many more. Accompanied by the delicate, charming illustrations of Kevin Hawkes, this is one poetic introduction you'll be happy to have made.

I can't think of the last time a funny poem for kids made me laugh out loud.
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