Shout!: Little Poems that Roarby Sachiko Yoshikawa
This vibrant collection of twenty-one poems celebrates the joys (snack time!) and pitfalls (2 + 2 = 23?) of childhood. Brod Bagert’s often silly, always winsome poems cover everything from the seasons and the stars to finger paint and kids who quack. With humor and warmth, Shout! shows us there’s fun in work and play, poetry in everything, and a million different uses for ketchup. Kids are sure to shout for a reread.
Brisk, snappy rhymes, many revolving around the school year, are full of the kind of silly humor that primary graders enjoy. Action-packed cartoon-style acrylic and pastel illustrations are rich in detail and brimming with good cheer. Short, simple rhyming phrases and lots of repetition make this a suitable choice for newly independent readers. While not as original or as inviting to share aloud as Lee Bennett Hopkins's Questions (HarperCollins, 1994; o.p.) or Faye Robinson's A Frog Inside My Hat: A First Book of Poems (Troll, 2003), the high-energy selections and lively drawings might find a place in large collections.
Sally R. DowCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Sachiko Yoshikawa lives in Seattle,Washington.
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