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A collection of twenty poems written by kids and klutzes, secret admirers and detractors, friends, enemies, and ...
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A collection of twenty poems written by kids and klutzes, secret admirers and detractors, friends, enemies, and skeptics to the objects of their affection--or aversion.
First-person narrators find expression in short, unrhymed verses that sensitively reveal their innermost thoughts and hidden yearnings. A student who signs his poem "First Seat First Row" is the awkward, bumbling admirer of "Ms. Back Row"; a quiet-as-a- mouse pupil admires a teacher; a grandson finds himself full of love for a grandmother; even "when all your [cookie] jars are empty." Every poem is an imagined, would-be valentine, full of hope, that satisfies readers when it finds its way to the intended, and breaks their hearts when it is rejected or rebuffed. Desimini's mixed-media illustrations make artful use of sculptured models, collages, oil paintings, photographs, and computer graphics: A cut- paper mouse bashfully hides under a desk, a snowman with a basketball for a head awaits a game of one-on-one, and a hard- working Mr. Potato Head father snores on the couch, loved offstage by a son wearing earplugs. Every spread stands alone, a vignette of immeasurable emotion.