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Noisy Poems for a Busy Day Hardcover – September 1, 2012
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"Heidbreder knows his audience and how to prompt a gush of giggles and tickles from young children ... This is a well-conceived and executed book ..." --School Library Journal
"... an accessible and entertaining collection for preschoolers." --Publishers Weekly
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Small children will love these being read-aloud and so will older noisemakers (like my six-and-three-quarters year old daughter who always enjoys reading out loud all the noise and sound words in books). It was amazing to see how every activity can be conveyed in words with sounds :)
Disclaimer:Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a digital review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read the book.
What I discovered is a book that has some good parts and some irritating parts.
* The poems are short.
* The poems are full of onomatopoeia (words that make sounds, like "Riffle-rustle" and "slurp"), alliteration (repetitive first sounds, like "Big Belch"), and rhyme.
* The poems trace a series of small events over one busy day -- starting with getting "Out of Bed" and ending with "A Dream-filled Head." It's a cute concept and the art is also visually appealing.
What's irritating: THE POEMS ARE FORMULAIC TO THE POINT OF TEDIUM.
* Out of 30 poems, over 20 of them will follow this exact form: Four main lines, followed by a 'zinger' line at the end. In another 5 or 6, the four main lines get followed by two 'zinger' lines. And in only a few (3-ish), does the poem actually deviate from pattern of four main lines + zinger. It usually doesn't deviate very far, but it is a little different.
* That's not the only irritating thing, though. I could survive with all of the poems being in the same form if they had a lyrical cadence that mimicked natural speech (like Shakespeare's sonnets, for example.) In these poems, though, every line has only 3-4 syllables. It means that all the poems are very, VERY short. Now, when a collection of poetry includes a few poems with super-short lines, it can feel playful. But when you're on the fifteenth poem with exactly five super-short lines, it begins to feel choppy, formulaic, and downright irritating.Read more ›