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

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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.
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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: 6.5 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,595,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John K. Mcdowell on October 24, 2015
Format: Hardcover
I can't say enough about this book. Very much like a Dr. Seuss book but I found some of them even funnier. I planned to give this book to my partners daughter who teaches first grade, but once I started reading I decided I needed to enjoy each one before I passed it on. This book was so good I am going to get another copy to give to my nephew. The book is perfect for an elementary school classroom. This book is great for kids, but can also be enjoyed by adults, if you are reading to your kids, you might as well get something you can find some humor and joy in as well. I highly recommend this collection of Rhymes without Reason!!
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Keep in mind that I read the e-book version of this book.

Review: I don't really remember when was the last time I read a collection of children's poems, so this was certainly a pleasurable read for me. McMahon's language can only be described as charming and witty--his poems were a delight to read. Like all the best children's tales and poems must have, Swimming to the Moon offers some wise and heartwarming lessons to take note of. My two favorite poems were "Above the Bottom" and "(I Need More Than) A Penny For My Thoughts" particularly because of the underlining "life lessons" that it highlighted through a bouncy rhyme. I caught a few "bumps" in terms of rhythm when I was reading these poems through, but all in all I thought it was very thoughtfully put together and the range of topics that the book covered (from the stickiness of a gum stuck to one's shoe to the idea that life is like an Oreo, as "the best part is the middle") was delightful. This is both a classroom read and a bedtime read, but undoubtedly for a young audience. I will admit that there were certain parts in which I found the word-choice to be a little too complex for a young audience however, but maybe I'm underestimating too much.

I don't often catch myself smiling or letting out a laugh, but I actually did with these poems, so that's a nice indicator! There is "truth" in these poems, which is something that seems to be fading in the world of children's books, as now it's written to amuse, though not reflect.

Wrap up: This was a pleasant read! There is certainly more than a handful of rhymes in this book that I would read to a young child if I had one. The illustrations are just as lovely as well, and I felt that they really captured the comical-ness of the rhymes (both in content and in style).
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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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This is a collection of children’s poems that attempts, I think, to be in the same vein as Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky. The illustrations are decent enough. Unlike many indie books, this one does not suffer from extensive typos (although one poem, “My Shadow Gave Me a Dirty Look,” does appear to be missing a line). The rhyme is consistent, but the meter of the poems does not always flow perfectly smoothly. The humor is not sophisticated. Rather, these poems have an imitative quality to them that just misses the mark for me. “Bargain?” for instance seems to take an idea from Shel Silverstein’s “Smart.” This really isn’t a bad collection at all; it’s just that, when you are accustomed to reading Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky, you immediately notice the difference. The author seems to do best with the shorter poems (“Dance Lessons” and “Nickname” come to mind.) If you have a child who is looking for more poetry, and has already blown through the best, this might be something to add to the collection.
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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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