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Skillfully chosen, the poems cover a thought-provoking array of topics weaving seamlessly from silly to solemn to spooky...With much to offer for both classroom use and pleasure reading, this delightful addition to the series should be a first purchase.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Punchy collages flutter acorss airy white pages in loose visual arrangements; torn scraps of origami paper layer with fluid lines in tart color... By the time the volume closes with Whitman's "I Hear America Singing", readers will be emboldened to join in the "song".
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The universally strong peoms, expertly tuned to both the anthology's theme and its young audience, include classic and contemporary selections...superbly noisy celebration of language that's sure to convert even the most reluctant poerty readers.
—Booklist (starred review)
As the in-your-face title implies, the poems in Janeczko and Raschka's collection (following their A Kick in the Head) are not complacent, although plenty are funny and some are familiar, like the irresistible "Jabberwocky" and the singsong chanting of Macbeth 's witches. Punchy collages flutter across airy white pages in loose visual arrangements; torn scraps of origami paper layer with fluid lines in tart color. Janeczko introduces the collection with the idea that "Poetry is sound," a pleasure to vocalize and memorize. "If you've never read a poem to somebody, you don't know what you're missing," he promises, and ebullient choices like Avis Hartley's "Come, drum! Sound out the day!" reinforce his exhortation. All the pieces have an edge, from Janet S. Wong's uncomfortable "Speak Up"-whose "American" speaker wants an Asian American to "say something Korean"-to Charles Follen Adams's "An Orthographic Lament," reflecting that unusual spellings are enough to make a person "commit Sioux-eye-sighed." Two poems from bilingual authors appear side-by-side in English/Spanish comparisons. By the time the volume closes with Whitman's "I Hear America Singing," readers will be emboldened to join in the "song." Ages 8-12. (Mar.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal
Following explorations of poetry as in A Poke in the I (2001) and A Kick in the Head (2005, both Candlewick), this title encourages readers and listeners to investigate poetry as sound. The 38 selections are all great read-alouds and range from old favorites like Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" and A. A. Milne's "Us Two" to new discoveries like George Ella Lyon's "Favorite" and Charles R. Smith, Jr.'s "Where It Began." Skillfully chosen, the poems cover a thought-provoking array of topics weaving seamlessly from silly to solemn to spooky. The table of contents is arranged into poems for one voice, tongue-twisters, two voices, list poems, three voices, short poems, bilingual poems, rhymed poems, limericks, and group poems. The spot illustrations done in bright but soft watercolors, ink, and torn paper beautifully enhance each piece without ever overpowering. With much to offer for both classroom use and pleasure reading, this delightful addition to the series should be a first purchase.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA