BookSpeak!: Poems About Books

BookSpeak!: Poems About Books

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by Laura Purdie Salas, Josee Bisaillon
     
 

A collection of wacky, whimsical poems about books and all the treasures they contain.

Laura Purdie Salas, the acclaimed author of Stampede!, is back with another collection of wild and weird, wacky and winsome poems about all the magic to be found on a single bookshelf. In BookSpeak!, each poem gives voice to a group that seldom gets a voice . . .

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A collection of wacky, whimsical poems about books and all the treasures they contain.

Laura Purdie Salas, the acclaimed author of Stampede!, is back with another collection of wild and weird, wacky and winsome poems about all the magic to be found on a single bookshelf. In BookSpeak!, each poem gives voice to a group that seldom gets a voice . . . the books themselves! Characters plead for sequels, book jackets strut their stuff, and we get a sneak peek at the raucous parties in the aisles when all the lights go out at the bookstore!Illustrator Josée Bisaillon’s mixture of collage, drawings, and digital montage presents page after page of richly colored spreads filled with action and charm. Together, Salas and Bisaillon deliver a unique collection brimming with ideas as much about spines and dust jackets as they are about adventure and imagination.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Put down the controller./ Switch off the TV./ Abandon the mouse and/ just hang out with me.” From the outset, this collection of poems makes its message clear: books are where it’s at. Salas’s polished verse demonstrates a deep love for all aspects of books, from their content to their creators, and she’s not above using a touch of guilt to get her audience invested: “If a book remains unopened/ and no reader turns its page,/ does it still embrace a story/ or trap words inside a cage?” She celebrates the physical print book, too (e-readers go unmentioned), with poems dedicated to indexes, cliffhanger endings, and even bookplates (“Write your name upon me/ I’m a paper love tattoo”). Bisaillon’s mixed media illustrations are dizzyingly inventive, their bright colors, sampling of typography, and whimsical details underscoring the idea of the potential that awaits between the covers. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

"Well crafted and clever, covering a variety of aspects of books and reading...An appealing offering that will be especially popular with librarians."--School Library Journal
 
"There's definite readaloud and performance potential here."--Bulletin
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
From "Calling All Readers" to "The End" this book is a spirited and lovely celebration of reading and its joys—despite the fact that "The Sky is Falling" takes the perspective of a book whose reader has fallen asleep on it. One of the delights of this collection is that it draws attention to the way nature can be said to be writing; in ways like the tracks on snow or a line of birds on a telephone wire. Other poems bring out various story elements: "Conflicted" looks at the way plots involve conflict, while "Picture This" reminds us of the pull of strong imagery. Bisaillon's playful collage illustrations are beautifully matched to the subject of each poem. Thus, "Written in Snow's" depiction of someone in a heavy coat walking a dog is a literal image of the text: "Snowy pages/steady track/ tiny footprints dipped in black." All in all, if one loves books, poetry, reading in general, then you cannot do better than this. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Some of these 21 poems are written in rhyme and meter, while others are free verse. They vary in length from a few to several stanzas, and all are well crafted and clever, covering a variety of aspects of books and reading. Salas includes poems about an index, a cover, cliff-hangers, and falling asleep while reading. The poems are, by turns, philosophical, humorous, and even instructional. Typeset is creative, and the titles appear in a variety of artistic font styles and colors. Whimsical, mixed-media illustrations grace every page. Bisaillon skillfully incorporates the printed poems into the artwork so that the words and images have a single, unified, visual effect. This is an appealing offering that will be especially popular with librarians. For a collection of "book" poems by a variety of authors, Lee Bennett Hopkins's I Am the Book (Holiday House, 2011) is also a good choice.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547223001
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
548,856
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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