Here's a wake-up call to any kid who associates "poetry" with tame recitations and namby-pamby wording-it's a book bursting with verses that sputter, shout, chatter, and beg to be read out loud...really loud! Well-known poet Bobbi Katz sets every foot to tapping and tongue to rapping with her infectious odes to noises of all kinds. From burps to soothing ocean waves to honking horns, noises jump and jangle. Printed in the funkiest fonts and paired with the stylish, boldly graphic illustrations of newcomer Susan ...
Here's a wake-up call to any kid who associates "poetry" with tame recitations and namby-pamby wording-it's a book bursting with verses that sputter, shout, chatter, and beg to be read out loud...really loud! Well-known poet Bobbi Katz sets every foot to tapping and tongue to rapping with her infectious odes to noises of all kinds. From burps to soothing ocean waves to honking horns, noises jump and jangle. Printed in the funkiest fonts and paired with the stylish, boldly graphic illustrations of newcomer Susan Kwas, whose artwork snaps and pops as vigorously as the poems themselves, this volume guarantees readers an eyeful as well as an earful. After enjoying this slyly witty invitation to make a ruckus, kids will want to raise a rousing cheer for poetry!
Author Biography: Bobbi Katz is a longtime children's book editor and poet whose work has been widely anthologized. Susan Estelle Kwas has illustrated several books for children.
Poet Bobbi Katz gets into a groove in A Rumpus of Rhymes: A Book of Noisy Poems. In this collection of 28 original works, Katz's words burst from the page in an onomatopoeic flourish. "Caught in the Act" explains the punishment for stealing potato chips: "And now I'm grounded! What a pain / betrayed by crinkling cellophane!" In "Spring Conversations:" "`Whisk!'/ whirls the jump rope,/ twirling/ around./ `THUD!'/ say the sneakers,/ bouncing off the ground."' Each "noisy" word gets special typeface thin, heavy, looping and brisk to suit the sound. Susan Estalle Kwas's neon-bright illustrations with a bold black outline add thunder. ( Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Subtitled "A Book of Noisy Poems," this picture book lives up to its promise. The author takes a fresh, funny approach to poetry for children. The verses deal with kid-friendly topics, like slurping noodles, crunching potato chips and chomping chewing gum. There are poems about the sounds of the ocean surf, busy street noises and the "glubbita-GLUB" of an old washing machine. These poems beg to be read aloud, and most are rollicking fun. Additionally, many poems invite responsive reading or suggest accompanying "acting-out" motions that reader and listener may share. The full-color illustrations are humorous, loosely-rendered and bright—perfect companions for the bouncy text. Whether for library, classroom or home, this title is a good choice when it's "rhyme time." 2001, Dutton Children's Books, $15.99. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-This rambunctious collection begs to be shared aloud. Katz includes all kinds of sounds, from the "POP" of bubble gum and the "chinkety-chonkety" of carrots to the "Padoom! Padum!" of a parade and the toots and beeps of a city street. Throughout the book, fonts of different sizes and shapes accentuate them and bring them to readers' attention. There is a variety of poems, from short couplets to two-page spreads. The author uses alliteration, especially in "Summer Jazz," where the "Bebop beetles boogie to the beat," and lots of onomatopoeia. There is also plenty of humor in the selections. However, there is some unevenness; not all of the poems scan well as the author stretches to work in the sound word. The brightly colored, cartoon illustrations are full of energy and go well with the poems, although at times the pages seem overly busy. Debi Gliori's Poems Go Clang (Candlewick, 1997) has more classic poems about sounds but is not as lively. Children should enjoy the sounds they can make with Katz's rhyming rumpus.-Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
The introductory poem in Katz's (We the People, 2000, etc.) new collection asks the reader to imagine the library late at night. What if the words in books get bored just sitting there quietly on the pages? Instead, "they burst out of the books in a rackety riot!" Chomp on crudites with a "chinkety-chonkety," or listen to Willis Walker "jibber-jab-jibber." Sympathize with Noah's wife's complaints about the animals on the ark that snort and bellow and shriek. From the "snip-snip" at the barbershop, to the "swooooosh" of the wind, to the "munchy crunchy" of breakfast toast, to the "bash, crash, blunder" of thunder, these poems yell, shout, pop, and clank. A few are only slightly quieter. They merely pitter-pat and buzz. Playful manipulation of typeface and font guides the reader in giving voice to these sounds. Kwas's (The Story of St. Valentine's Day, 1999) lively, brightly colored illustrations perfectly match the content as they move and flow around and through the poems. This collection of poems tickles the eye and the ear. Onomatopoeia has never been this much fun. (Poetry. 7-10)