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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 7
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (November 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618916415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618916412
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3–6—The combination of stylized illustrations and offbeat verse makes this collection both adventurous and fun. Brown's poems rhyme and roll easily off the tongue except for a tongue twister that playfully makes readers falter a bit. Ranging from the eponymous "Soup for Breakfast" to a selection about Grandpa's mustache, the poems are just off center enough to appeal to kids. "The Egret" is a silly selection packed with alliteration about regretting ever telling the blabbermouth bird a secret. "One to Ten" is a marvelous exercise in creativity embedded in a poem. Standing as a gentle reminder of our role in caring for others in this world is "The Mark." Brown's varied topics and deft touch coupled with his distinctive art make this title a must-have for both school and public libraries.
Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

From Booklist

In Brown’s latest poetry collection, food is the subject in much of the nonsense verse. Bright acrylic illustrations extend the silliness with images of noodles tucked into haystacks and a spread of wildly colored donuts. As in Flamingos on the Roof (2006) and Brown’s other titles, the words’ playful sounds are a big part of the fun for young readers, and the lines are filled with the weird puns and unexpected rhymes (“Think of something silly: / Chickens popping bubble wrap. /Statues eating chili.”). There are also contemplative poems, which are illustrated with delicate images, as in a selection about a young moth “with wings so soft” that it is a wonder it can “lift up and stay aloft.” One of the best selections, “Painting on Toast,” is about an artist who uses bread for a canvas and finds poetry in breakfast: “the primer is butter . . . honey is handy for mountains and hills.” A good choice for energizing poetry units. Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman

More About the Author

Calef Brown began his career as a tour guide at an early age, when he discovered the simple joy of pointing things out. He is also an artist, writer, and frequently a blue elephant. Mr. Brown's illustrations have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and his paintings have been exhibited in N.Y., L.A., S.F., and other places without fancy initials, like Osaka and Rome. He lives in Maine.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pghschooltexts on November 28, 2009
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This book is a great one to add to any child's bookshelf. It has unique illustrations and creative, short poems that are both fun and thought-provoking. It is a wonderful poetry book that is sure to engage children's imaginations and interest. The poetry reminded me a little bit of Shel Silverstein because of its creativity, length, humor, and imaginative themes (like adults who love donuts too much, a grandfather's odd mustache, and an egret that tells secrets), but Calef Brown really has a unique style and voice. This is a delightful book, and I recommend it.
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Calef Brown's books prove him to be both an exciting painter and an astute poet. His visual and lyrical rhythms are ear and eye candy. The kids love his work, as well! :)
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arrived in great condition, children can never have too many books. it is the best start to their education ever.
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I was excited to get this book because I had purchased Polkabats and Octopus Slacks, which was a collection of witty poems. This one was not as engaging for the kids. Not sure why.
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By Jan Mayszak on February 4, 2013
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I had never heard of this author before but my son had and he wanted these for his son. Beautiful.
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