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Swimming to the Moon / A Collection of Rhymes Without Reason Hardcover – October 31, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Time Press; 1st edition (October 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989027007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989027007
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,055,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

 This is a hilarious and fun book. Most of the time with poetry books, I find some I like, and others are not so good, but I enjoyed each and every one of the poems and stories in this book. They are fun, funny, enjoyable, and you will even find a bit of wisdom in each of them.
And this is just a tiny bit of what you are getting in this special book. I highly recommend this fun-loving book of poems. I really think you will find hours of enjoyment with Jeff McMahon's Swimming to the Moon.

Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

 This is a hilarious and fun book. Most of the time with poetry books, I find some I like, and others are not so good, but I enjoyed each and every one of the poems and stories in this book. They are fun, funny, enjoyable, and you will even find a bit of wisdom in each of them.
And this is just a tiny bit of what you are getting in this special book. I highly recommend this fun-loving book of poems. I really think you will find hours of enjoyment with Jeff McMahon's Swimming to the Moon. --Readers' Favorite

Reviewed by Ellen Feld for Feathered Quill

Do you like to laugh? Of course you do! If you like to read silly, imaginative, out-of-this-world goofy poems, then you need to check out Swimming to the Moon - you won't be disappointed.
Author Jeff McMahon has compiled a fantastic collection of his wittiest poems for readers to enjoy. From something we've all experienced, Gum On My Shoe, to the downright bizarre, I Once Fell Up The Stairs,this selection shows the author's talent at coming up with witty poems that flow well and bring a laugh on just about every page.
Some poems in this book are quite short, such as Lucky Horseshoe,

I've got a lucky horseshoe,
It's been very good to me.
It's given me good fortune
since I found it, luckily.
I'd like to bring it in to school,
to Show and Tell of course.
The problem is the horseshoe is
still fastened to the horse.


while others are much longer and tell a short story, such as the title poem, Swimming to the Moon, which tells the story of a youngster who wants to swim to the moon because he can't afford a rocket. I get the sense that the author is always doodling, coming up with clever little poems as these gems seem to come from a pen that has seen many hilarious tales come to life. Add in the fantastic black and white drawings by illustrator Jessica Warrick, and you have a definite winner. Although written for the young, anybody who likes to laugh (and again, don't we all?) is sure to enjoy this wonderful selection of Rhymes Without Reason. --Feathered Quill

About the Author

Jeff McMahon is an author and poet who has been a long time and avid reader of the works of Shel Silverstein and others like him. As an author, he is keen on focusing his career on keeping the tradition of hardcover books and bedtime reading alive. Born and raised in Skokie, Illinois, Jeff studied at Northern Illinois University before moving to Temecula, California where he currently resides with his wonderful wife and two fantastic children.

More About the Author

Jeff McMahon is an author and poet who has been a long time and avid reader of the works of Shel Silverstein and others like him. As an author, he is keen on focusing his career on keeping the tradition of hardcover books and bedtime reading alive. Born and raised in Skokie, Illinois, Jeff studied at Northern Illinois University before moving to Temecula, California where he currently resides with his wonderful wife and two fantastic children.

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The illustrations were great fun.
Carol E. Burris
I would recommend this book to any child or an adult that would like to feel like young at heart.
Andrea
I enjoyed reading each poem and found myself smiling or, in some cases, laughing out loud.
K. Westrope

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

By megHan on December 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
He reminds me a lot of Shel Silverstein and Dr Seuss - silly words, funny rhymes, lots of great pictures. An enjoyable read for both adults and children. I'm really glad I read this book - it had me laughing quite a few times throughout it and lifted an otherwise dull evening up quite a bit.

Poems in this book you definitely should check out: Under All This Dirt, The Dresser, The Shopping Cart Adventure (a personal favorite), Driving Doesn't Seem So Hard, Above the Bottom, Poet Try, A Most Outstanding Cannonball, Gum on My Shoe, I Threw a Rock, The Declaration of Jim Dependence, Rolling Down a Hill, and They Only Give You One. All are definitely worth the read, though. :)

Note: I received a copy of this in exchange for my honest review.
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By Vicki Bevard on June 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book reminds me so much of Shel Silverstein. His poetry was some I shared with my daughter as she was growing up. Now I share this book with my three grandsons!!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a fantasic book that reminds me of the kinds books i liked when I was younger. It makes me laugh every time I open it. Jeff draws great pictures with his words and the illustrations are a perfect compliment to them. An instant classic, it captures your imagination.

I love this book and sharing it with the family. I also have given it to many friends with young children for their families! Great gift, all have enjoyed it.
It also shipped promptly and arrived in mint condition.
I will continue to gift/ share this book!
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I particularly loved this book because, in this hectic world that we live in, we simply need more laughter. Author Jeff McMahon really shows poets how to use modern themes with a classic writing style. The precision that goes into writing each poem coupled with the accompanying graphics kept me intrigued, made me laugh, as I felt the words penetrate my heart. I also can relate to the author's passion for writing at a very young age. I published my children's book with my ten-year-old daughter who not only co-authored but was also the one who came up with the original poem that led to the storybook. When I showed "Swimming to the Moon" to my daughter and she read the poem about the horseshoe, she laughed and wanted to read more. McMahon created something special here---a book that can be left on your self as a visual icon that can be read over-and-over again, and cherished by all that see and read it. Go out and get your family a copy, you will not be disappointed---I certainly wasn't!

____Dr. Michael Provitera, Author of the Children's Storybook titled "Happy Go Lucky"
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"Swimming to the Moon" is a delightful read not only for children, but for the adults who often have to read a book over and over again to the child at the other end of the book. Kids so love to be silly and it reminds us that silly can be good. As I was reading it to a 6 year old, I heard this:" Now wait, what does that mean?" I replied, "Think about it" and after about a half a minute suddenly the meaning came through to her and it was reflected in her face and the rest of her body.She lit up and flashed a smile to light up the room. "That's terrific", she said and that's how I feel about the entire book. Terrific, indeed!

M. Moss
Parker CO
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Format: Hardcover
What a delightful and fun collection of poems and stories. I was laughing and smiling the whole time. Some of my favorites are: Planting Jellybeans, Everybody Needs a Nap, Where Did Summer Go and Getting in Shape, just to name a few. There is so much imagination in the stories. The pictures are just as fun. This collection is the best of bedtime stories and a book to hand down to your children. I absolutely adored it. It brought me and my boys together and I love that we have started a new book for bedtime reading. We have added it to our rotation, which only contains our FAVORITES!!! McMahon has been compared to Shel Silverstein and that is not to far off. If you love whimsy and fun this book is for you! I CANNOT wait for the installment: Running to the Sun!!! 5 stars to the moon and back!
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By Layne Case on December 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is so creative...I just love the rhyming poetry, cute phrases, which bring about such great visions. Illustrator is truly gifted. A great book to show kids how fun poetry can be!!!
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I received this book through a give away at goodreads. This is a humorous book that includes poems and rhymes for all ages to be read aloud or by yourself, or to someone else! The illustrations flatter the word plays dramatically and enhance the pleasure for younger children. I would recommend this book for kids aged 8 and up, most without the need for adult supervision or explanation. If you enjoy Shel Silverstein's books, you will love "Swimming to the Moon."
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