Lunch Box Mail and Other Poems

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"The principal called —
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It’s canceled all week —

April Fool!"

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Overview

A delightful poetry collection about childhood experiences by a talented newcomer.

"The principal called —
No more school!

It’s canceled all week —

April Fool!"

School may not be canceled (sorry about that!) but there are still plenty of fun things to do all week long-getting a haircut with Dad, waiting for the ice-cream man, wishing on a star.

From tummy butterflies on the first day of school, to the excitement of learning how to read, to the joys of slurping Jell-O, this playful poetry collection captures childhood in all its bumps and thrills. So if you’d like to know the significance of purple goop or the type of vegetable you can laugh right out your nose, turn the page and read on-you’re sure to get a friendly case of the giggling hiccups!

JENNY WHITEHEAD insisted on having peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in her school lunch box every day for eight years. She credits them for making her brain think in rhyme all the time. A freelance illustrator for greeting cards and magazines, Jenny lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, Pete, and their daughter, Bailey. This is her first children’s book.

Poems about school and other topics, such as haircuts, food, and going to bed at night.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Silliness abounds . . . A fresh collection children will enjoy reading to themselves and out loud to groans and giggles from their friends.”—Booklist
Publishers Weekly
Not only does Lunch Box Mail: And Other Poems by Jenny Whitehead compare "The 1st Day of School" with "The 179th Day of School," but it offers many other poems that capture the joys and woes of childhood. The illustrations add humor as in "Ways to Hide a Bad Haircut" where a girl "practice[s] good posture" as she balances books on her head. (July) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
So what are the rules in your lunchroom? No Frisbee throwing with your cheese? No mushing brownies in a ball? No tossing green grapes to your classmate? These are Jenny Whitehead's "Lunchroom Rules," one of the best samples of childhood life in this new book of poetry. The cleverness of each poem varies greatly from page to page, but at her best, Whitehead captures well the important events and daily tribulations of early childhood. There's the "unclogged glue" and "nervous knees" of the first day of school or the "dried up paste" and "one inch taller, bigger brain" of the 179th day of school. And that haircut you gave yourself? "I really meant to just pretend/ and snip, snip, snip the air. I guess my safety scissors slipped/ and clip, clip, clipped my hair." Lots of tiny, colorful cartoon drawings surround each page. There is even a humorous rendition of food with funny names, like sloppy joes, hush puppies and buffalo wings. There are both rhyming and free verse poems, some with just a few lines, others filling a page or two. The variety of style and topic could be very useful for encouraging youngsters to write their own poetry about their daily experiences. 2001, Henry Holt, . Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Karen Leggett
From The Critics
April is National Poetry Month and this book can help your family celebrate! Fun, short poems about familiar experiences will introduce children to the pleasures of poetry. Colorful, simple line drawings add humor to the text. This book may help children decide to create some poems of their own. 2001, Henry Holt and Company, $16.95. Ages 3 to 10. Reviewer: C. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-This collection of 38 amusing poems is somewhat uneven. Whitehead's strong points are her gift for point of view and a facility for the rhythms and sounds of words. "The Bug Hotel," written in the voice of an insect talking to a desk clerk at a hotel, is fun and original. An illustration depicts a big glass jar with various creatures lounging inside: "Our room is kind of stuffy,/we could use a little air-/would you be so kind and tap/a hole or two up there?" The author's child's-eye view is often right on target ("What could be slower/than turtles and snails?/Waiting for birthdays,/and popcorn to pop"). However in other poems, clich s creep in ("In the garden,/every spring,/the sparrows chirp,/the bluebirds sing"). The gouache-and-acrylic cartoon paintings are in soft colors and while appealing, don't have much more depth than a greeting card.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Familiar childhood experiences are described in these lighthearted verses, whose subjects range from the first day of school to the 179th and from beginning kindergarten to having a bad hair day. A section devoted to food ("Appeteasers") includes "Daddy's Spaghetti" and "Supermarket Spies," while "In Full Swing" features activities ranging from "Sidewalk Art" to "The Dance Recital." "Winding Down" concludes the collection with "In the garden, / dewdrops fall, / the moonlight whispers, / ‘Good night, all.' " Lightly and brightly colored gouache and acrylic cartoon drawings decorate each page. Although adult readers may find the verses predictable, lacking the punch of a Prelutsky or a Silverstein, younger readers will probably relate to the familiar situations, and delight in the antics and expressive faces of the sprightly figures whose actions extend the poems. "(Poetry/picture book. 5-8)"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805062595
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: NPL (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Whitehead is the author/illustrator of Holiday Stew. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Kansas City, Missouri.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2001

    My kids LOVE this book!

    I took this book to my daughter's 1st grade class, thinking I'd read a few poems. The kids and the teacher made me read the whole thing, and they LOVED it. The poems are delightfully clever and perfectly reminiscent of childhood antics and situations, and the illustrations are adorable. This is one book that even adults will enjoy reading out loud (or not mind hearing it chanted from the back seat of the van) over and over. It also makes a great gift for your kid's teacher. It gets 3 thumbs up from both of my kids and me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2000

    What a breath of fresh air!

    This new artist/writer has removed her audience from this high tech world and captured the true essence of childhood. Her fresh artwork is the perfect compliment to the witty text. This book is fun, silly, thoughtful and tender. It's a wonderful book for all ages.

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