Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing and Shout

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Whether rhyming, tongue-tying, or defying structure, here are more than three dozen poems that simply beg to be read aloud. The creators of A POKE IN THE I and A KICK IN THE HEAD complete a triplet with this collection of lively rhymes and tricky tongue twisters, poems for more than one voice, bilingual poems — and poems that may just inspire kids to memorize them. Paul B. Janeczko offers a range of gems, from classic Shakespeare and Lear to anonymous rhymes to contemporary riffs on everything under the sun, ...
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Overview

Whether rhyming, tongue-tying, or defying structure, here are more than three dozen poems that simply beg to be read aloud. The creators of A POKE IN THE I and A KICK IN THE HEAD complete a triplet with this collection of lively rhymes and tricky tongue twisters, poems for more than one voice, bilingual poems — and poems that may just inspire kids to memorize them. Paul B. Janeczko offers a range of gems, from classic Shakespeare and Lear to anonymous rhymes to contemporary riffs on everything under the sun, while Chris Raschka counterpoints with the vibrant accents of his wittily detailed artwork.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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)

Julie Just
…fresh and all over the map.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This refreshing book encourages reading poems out loud and even memorizing a few, a seemingly long-forgotten pastime. The author has selected a myriad of poems from a wide range of sources and time periods and organizes them under the headings: Poems for One Voice, Tongue Twister, Poems for Two Voices, List Poems, Poems for Three Voices, Short Stuff, Bilingual Poems, Rhymed Poems, Limericks and Poems for a Group. They are joyfully illustrated with minimal cartoon-like brushes of color that add to the exuberance. The layout is perfect with widely spaced text that begs to be spoken. There is something to interest everyone, making it perfect for the classroom, or the living room. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
VOYA - Mary Ann Harlan
At first glance, this title looks like a children's book, but upon closer inspection, one finds a read-aloud, picture book of poetry that contains a wide range of classic and new verse that begs to be shared and spoken. The poems range from the words of Shakespeare's three witches in Macbeth, Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, the poetry of Walt Whitman, and A. A. Milne to David McCord, Sandra Cisneros, April Halprin Wayland, and George Ella Lyon. Raschka illustrates each poem in bright colors. For a picture book for young adults, Janeczko's selections are wide ranging, with a mix of classic and contemporary poetry that celebrates the sound of language. Raschka's illustrations are deceptively simple, colorful representations of the poems. It is a joyful book, with a distinct lack of angst often found in poetry written for or collected for teens. Overall Janeczko assembles a delightful collection that will fill a need in both poetry collections and picture books for young adult collections. Reviewer: Mary Ann Harlan
School Library Journal

Gr 2-6

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

Kirkus Reviews
In the spirit of this team's previous anthologies A Poke in the I (2001) and A Kick in the Head (2005), this collection rounds up 37 quirky poems "chosen because they are terrific candidates for reading aloud," according to the introduction. Here, the Jabberwock rears its manxome head and "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat" pop up in their pea-green boat, but contemporary voices such as Douglas Florian and Sandra Cisneros join the chorus too. The poems are organized by type, including tongue twisters, poems for two and three voices, bilingual poems and limericks (one of which pluckily rhymes Boise, noisy and New Joisy!). David McCord's "The Pickety Fence" will have youngsters grabbing sticks and heading out the door: "The pickety fence / The pickety fence / Give it a lick it's / The pickety fence." Rebecca Kai Dotlich's "Where Lizzie Lived: A Haunted Tale" is ripe for reciting in the dead of night. Raschka's vivacious ink, watercolor and torn-paper illustrations capture the giddy spirit, sound and movement of this playful, sometimes edgy, collection. (Poetry. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763606633
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,503,798
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul B. Janeczko is a poet and teacher who has edited more than twenty award-winning poetry anthologies for young people. He lives in Hebron, Maine.

Chris Raschka is a Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of more than twenty books for children, including I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE, A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, and THE GRASSHOPPER'S SONG. He lives in New York City.

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