From the Publisher
"A vivid fusion of ingenious concrete poetry and boldly colored graphics that celebrate the many shapes and forms of light. . . . This one dazzles." School Library Journal, Starred
"There are so many ways to celebrate light, and Graham sings many of them in this collection of shaped, rhymed poems. . . . This will bewitch readers with both sound and shape." Booklist, ALA
"In a follow-up to SPLISH SPLASH, Graham's collection of poems about water, the twenty-three concrete poems in this collection celebrate light in forms familiar to young children, such as a lightning bolt, a porch light, birthday candles, a refrigerator light, the sun, and the full moon. Graphic design is the outstanding feature here, as the typography is skillfully used to intensify the shapes of the poems, not only with size and placement but with color as well, so that the words themselvesbecome part of the surrounding illustration. The words of the poem "Flashlight," for example, are printed boldly in yellow, and each line grows progressively larger to reflect the flashlight beam extending from the hand of a child walking through the dark: "Flashlight / click / one flick / I am the SUN, / I chase the shadows / one by one, growing scary, / jagged, tall-with brilliant beams / I'll MELT them ALL!" Because seeing the poems here is at least as important as hearing them, this volume should have particular appeal to visual learners." Horn Book
Naomi Shibab Nye
What a well-lit book! Imagine poems about light shaped like a firefly, a matchstick, a campfire, a crescent moon. This stunningly delicious collection of Joan Bansfield Graham's poems about light captivates the eye as well as the ear. Read this book to the very young, right when they're learning to reach (again and again and again, if I recall) for the light switch. Read it to older children, to encourage them to experiement with word placement on the page. It will spark their batteries.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Graham (Splish Splash) reflects on the meaning and many permutations of light in 23 concrete poems. There's one set in the form of a crescent moon ("New moon/ sliver thin/ nice to see/ the night grin"), another sprinkled across a spread like fireworks. Ben Franklin and Thomas Edison even make cameo appearances. Although few of the verses possess enough descriptive candlepower or aural energy to glow on their own, artist and graphic designer Davis's ingenious typographical treatments, punctuated with witty, icon-style illustrations, make each poem shimmer. Whether sculpting words into a glowing insect ("Firefly") or conjuring an image of dancing flames between two toasting marshmallows ("Campfire"), Davis proves she is capable of visualizing the poetic spirit of language at play. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Gr 2-5-A vivid fusion of ingenious concrete poetry and boldly colored graphics that celebrate the many shapes and forms of light. From the joyous whoop of sunlight's "...dynamite, ring-/a-ding day" to the flash of the open camera shutter that "will spill/onto my film/to make time/stand still," readers will delight in the many images presented to the eye and to the mind. This companion volume to Graham's water-wonderful Splish Splash (Ticknor & Fields, 1994) will be equally at home in units on science, poetry, and art, and will surely inspire children. This one dazzles.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.