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Emily Stew: With Some Side Dishes

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This poetry mixes childhood emotions with a generous portion of imagination to make a quirky, sweet collection that has the flavor of Robert Louis Stevenson, Lewis Carroll, and Shel Silverstein.

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Overview

This poetry mixes childhood emotions with a generous portion of imagination to make a quirky, sweet collection that has the flavor of Robert Louis Stevenson, Lewis Carroll, and Shel Silverstein.

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“A revealing window into budding autonomy that is sure to delight children and parents alike.” —Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
From the deliciously twisted mind that first advised a former generation of elementary readers How to Eat Fried Worms comes a wildly inventive poetic portrait of a riveting character who's made up-rather literally-of a stew of contradictions. Moody and prone to the most erratic behavior, Emily is depicted in these playful rhymed vignettes as an eccentric yet eminently recognizable and likable young creature: "Emily Rose / wouldn't wear clothes"; "Emily Phlox / hated clocks"; "Emily Grief / could get no relief." McPhail's pen-and-ink spot art helps capture the defiant Emily as she asserts her individuality in scenes ranging from dancing with a fish to being eaten by a tiger (which, happily, banishes ennui). The poet's sophisticated silliness engages the imagination while offering the occasional wry philosophical observation-"Does a clock ever know what a moment means?"-that gives readers of all ages pause. Much more than nonsense verse, it's a revealing window into budding autonomy that is sure to delight children and parents alike. Final art not seen. (Poetry. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596433366
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Rockwell is the author of the middle-grade classic HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.

DAVID McPHAIL is the author and/or illustrator of more than fifty books for children, including NO! He lives in Rye, New Hampshire.

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