- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4th - 6th
- Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Two Lions (August 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761456554
- ISBN-13: 978-0761456551
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Eyeball in My Garden: And Other Spine-Tingling Poems Hardcover – August 1, 2010
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–These 44 poems cover all things creepy in a variety of ways. Some of them are unsettling, such as “The Corner,” in which a mysterious “no-shape” sits in the corner of the room, “A No-Shape./A hint of eyes,/A dark you cannot see out of.” Others are funny, like “Ghost Fish,” which tells of the ghost of a dead pet goldfish that haunts the toilet, determined not to be forgotten. Still others revel in grossness. “Mummy's Menu” features dishes like “Kidney stew with chunks of spine,/Pickled brains in zesty brine.” Each poem is decorated with a humorous or macabre black-and-white drawing. The collection straddles the line between scary and innocently goofy, and some of the selections are a little inconsistent. For larger poetry collections.–Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
Editor Jennifer Cole Judd was born on Halloween, which explains her love of all things spooky. She lives in Texas, writing and tending to her five little monsters.
Editor Laura Wynkoop has always believed in ghosts, goblins, and other things that go bump in the night. She and her family live in San Dimas, California.
Illustrator Johan Olander is the author and illustrator of A Field Guide to Monsters and A Field Guide to Aliens. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and young daughter.
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Some are funny, like "Igor Picks a Pet", "Read at Your Own Risk" (about a poem that curses the reader), "My Date with Mummy", and many more. My daughter laughs out loud at these. Some have a big gross factor (lots of bugs and icky goblins and such). Then others are more sinister, like "Hixon House" (about a haunted house), and "Spooky" (a creepy mood poem). You can almost feel a chill wind blow! There are too many good poems to name. None of them seem over the top or inappropriate. Also, with 44 poems, it's a great length.
I'm really enjoying the collection and it's the perfect thing to get us in the spirit of our favorite holiday, but the poems aren't specific to Halloween and it can be read any time of year.
Oh, and the illustrations (there are black and white spot illustrations inside) are awesome! They compliment the poems perfectly. They have a sort of wood blockish feel.
My favorite of the poems are:
1. Where Nightmares Dwell
2. Camp Creepy
3. Come Closer, Closer
4. Winking Wot Warning
5. Graveyard Hill
6. Beneath the Stairs
7. Mad Scientist
8. Our Neighborhood
9. The Witching Hour
11. October 31st
12. Swamp Witch
13. The Wishing Well
I tended to like the creepier of the poems. And there are some chillers so I wouldn't recommend this for small children. The synopsis says 4th-6th grade and that's probably about right.