Outside the Box (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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This laugh-out-loud poetry collaboration from a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling author and a Caldecott Honor illustrator is anything but ordinary.

Dive in to Karma Wilson’s latest collection of more than 100 poems—some humorous, some poignant, and all of them Outside the Box. Illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Diane Goode, Outside the Box has something for everyone. Appealing to kids and parents alike, poems such as “Sick Day,” ...
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Overview

This laugh-out-loud poetry collaboration from a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling author and a Caldecott Honor illustrator is anything but ordinary.

Dive in to Karma Wilson’s latest collection of more than 100 poems—some humorous, some poignant, and all of them Outside the Box. Illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Diane Goode, Outside the Box has something for everyone. Appealing to kids and parents alike, poems such as “Sick Day,” “My Pet Robot,” “Balloonaphobia,” and “Aliens Under My Bed” are sure to delight and entertain.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
Fun poems and whimsical drawings make this collection (dedicated to Shel Silverstein) memorable and enjoyable for young readers as well as older ones. From concrete poems celebrating rain and gravity as well as selections about family and animals, there are more than one hundred poems in the collection. Children, parents, and teachers will all enjoy the read-aloud potential while budding poets might be inspired to try their hand at writing some of their own. Many of them are reminiscent of Jack Prelutsky, a perennial favorite among children, while others are more thought provoking. The longest one reminds readers of The Cat in the Hat and the shortest ones are merely couplets: “I have a little brother and I am not a fool./ I know why it’s warmer in the kiddie pool.” The cover art is particularly similar to Silverstein’s collections but the interior decorations, rendered in brush and pen and ink, are more like those of Dr. Seuss. This is a good way to introduce younger readers to the particular pleasures of poetry. Recommended for both classroom libraries and school and public libraries. Reviewer: Ellen Welty; Ages 8 up.
Publishers Weekly
11/11/2013
Blending typographical and illustrated whimsy with lighthearted reflections on life’s quandaries, funny moments, and small disappointments, Wilson and Goode offer a well-rounded collection of more than 100 poems that touch on everything from creativity and luck to animals, siblings, and holidays. The narrator of “My Pet Robot” stares glumly at her creation (a hybrid vacuum cleaner/TV set, by the looks of it): “I realize now/ that Robot’s done..../ Building him/ was all the fun.” Elsewhere, a boy reflects on the duality of oatmeal (“As mooshy, gooshy, squishy goo?/ It’s awful stuff to eat./ As crunchy, munchy cookie bliss?/ Oatmeal’s a wonderful treat”) and a girl shouts her head off as she’s about to be devoured by a monster (“Don’t scream so loud you’ll wake the dead,/ we’d rather that they stay in bed”). Goode’s b&w artwork (not all seen by PW) features her instantly recognizable swoopy ink lines, amplifying the comedy and playfulness that characterize many of Wilson’s poems. Ages 7–10. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.)
Booklist
"Goode's ink-and-brush illustrations...are energetic and graceful at the same time. The art picks up the punch line of funny poems, amplifying the humor to laugh-out-loud levels.... Wilson dedicates the book to Shel Silverstein, and indeed the black-and-white illustrations and mixture of wry observation and kooky supposition recall Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974) and Falling Up (1996)."
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 1–4—It's a bit of a letdown to see a book of poems with this title and find the usual suspects inside. Wilson does a fine job capturing a child's voice, but there's little that's different or exceptional here. Most of the poems employ a traditional rhythm and cover the same ground as other anthologies for school-age kids. In fact, many of selections sound like they would be right at home in a volume of Jack Prelutsky's early verse. Additionally, the cover type resembles most of Shel Silverstein's books. Of course, those aren't necessarily bad comparisons to make. Scattered throughout the book are a few standouts, like "Man in the Moon" and "The Dream Weaver," which challenge readers to look at familiar things in new ways. Also, several concrete poems are included in the mix. "The Law of Gravity," for instance, is printed upside down and in loose text as if the words might fall apart at any moment. Similarly, "Shower Songsa" features the words coming out of a showerhead. The more than 100 poems cover all aspects of a child's life from school events to animals to families and even holidays. The playfulness of Goode's black-and-white sketches are a perfect match for Wilson's lighthearted verses.—Marie Drucker, Malverne Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-01-22
A charming, gorgeously illustrated children's collection of light verse. Wilson and Goode here combine their comedic artistry to create an edgy and substantial collection of light verse with exquisite accompanying pen-and-ink drawings unafraid to explore childhood's darker reaches. From typographical play to concrete poems, Wilson pulls out a number of visual poetic stops in inviting readers to "think / outside / the box" and ponder humorous cautionary tales on the perils of fibbing, snitching and sibling rivalry, alongside wildly concocted romps through the imagination. A number of memorable creatures emerge from these pages—for example, "Horace Hippopotamus," who "ate more than he oughtamus," and a miffed ladybug, who admonishes: "Stop calling me lady. / Please. I'm a dude!" Awkward situations are celebrated in poems such as "Wishy-Washy," where the speaker blows out birthday cake candles while silently imploring, "I wish Evan liked me!" Alas, "right then Evan picks his nose, / which turns his finger green!"; horrified, the speaker cries: "Relight the candles… / My first wish was a huge mistake. / I need to trade it in!" Here, as throughout the volume, in but a few strokes, Goode's pen deftly realizes the moment: the offending finger prominently up Evan's nose, the speaker's heart-shaped wish wafting from the birthday candles' smoke, jaggedly rent in half. At once affirming, silly, and poignant: a stunning visual and poetic compendium on growing up. (Poetry. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481405348
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 630,238
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 21 MB
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Meet the Author

Karma Wilson
Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon and Schuster, including the Bear series and Where is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Idaho, USA.
Diane Goode is the illustrator of dozens of beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including several written by Cynthia Rylant: Alligator Boy; When I Was Young in the Mountains, a Caldecott Honor Book; and most recently, Baby Face: A Book of Love for Baby. She is also the illustrator of President Pennybaker and My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life, both by Kate Feiffer. She lives and works in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband, David, and their two dogs, Jack and Daisy. Visit her at web.mac.com/goodedog.
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