This book contains fun and funny poems about subjects that every kid in school can identify with, including mystery bag lunches, friendship and, of course, the dog eating your homework. The poems reflect several different methods and styles of poetry and serve as an excellent introduction to the subject. This book would be excellent for inclusion in an elementary school media center or as part of a lesson by a teacher of English or Literature. Each poem is printed in a large easy-to-read font that would make it a great choice for reading aloud to a class of students, especially since each poem is accompanied by a large photograph that captures the spirit of the words. The photos are all bright, vibrant and clear—easy for an audience to view from a slight distance with little details that individual readers can appreciate upon closer inspection. This book is both very entertaining and secretly educational and is highly recommended for purchase for school media centers and the classroom. Reviewer: Meagan Albright
Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens. Her work has received the Minnesota Book Award and other honors, including Bank Street Best Books of the Year, and NCTE Notables. She and her husband live in Minnesota and have two monsters of their own, Maddie and Annabelle. When Laura's not reading or writing, she likes to dance, play games, and work with the Minnesota Brass drum corps (which involves a lot of Counting, following Patterns, and creating Shapes on the field). She tries to eat More vegetables and Less brownies, but that is hard! Learn more about Laura at laursalas.com.