Gr 4-6-Twenty-five nonsense poems are accompanied by wildly creative color drawings. Fitch seems to be aiming for the realms of wordplay masters like Shel Silverstein, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, and J. Patrick Lewis, but too often her efforts are leaden. The selection about returning overdue library books-"On a blizzardous nightstorm gallotting through slain/A traveller bravalliant who within't a name/Stampoared through the worests and mounthills and strooks"-has none of the verve of the "Jabberwocky." Many verses, such as "A Prayer," sink into adult sensibilities-"May no cats get in your sandbox/May your frisbees always spin/May your fridge be filled with oranges/May you love the life you're in." The short entries, such as "Aunt Emma and Uncle Nate" and "Mr. Little the Whittler," are the most successful. Yayo's art expresses each poem's theme in a few exquisite strokes. The poetry in this volume lies in the drawings rather than in the written images.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
A delight from first line to last, these 25 poems-each featuring small, whimsical colored-pencil sketches from a Colombian illustrator-take on topics from the simple joys of riding a bumper car, the relief that comes from turning a library book in on time and "Grampy's Borborygmus" (look it up) to the qualities that enrich a life. " . . . May your fingernails get dirty / May your underwear be clean / May your monsters all be friendly / May your grass be mostly green." Unusually varied in voice, form, length and meter, but showing consistent sensitivity to the sound and flow of language, Fitch's rhymes will leave even the most tone-deaf ears and souls eager to (as the title poem puts it) "juggle some / Then huggle some / And give the rest away." (Poetry. 8-12)
Sheree Fitch is an educator, literary activist and author of award-winning poetry, picturebooks, non-fiction, plays and novels for all ages. In 1998 she won the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work inspirational to Canadian children.