Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdomby Marilyn Singer, Lee Wildish
Do animals celebrate Valentine's Day? Nobody knows for sure. But this funny (and punny) little book imagines how some of them declare their love, affection, or friendship any day of the year."Nice to Meetcha! You smell delish!/Wanna share my water dish?" So asks one tail-thumping dog to another. Whereas a courting dolphin sings, "Come, leap with me and be my wife./You're the porpoise of my life." Ranging from dogs and cats and other pets to some you wouldn't want to pet, such as sharks and porcupines, acclaimed poet Marilyn Singer's captivating couplets and Lee Wildish's expressively humorous illustrations provide a Valentine's Day gift for kids who wouldn't be caught dead being lovey-dovey.
This is a gift book, a littlePeter Rabbit–sized treat you would give your valentine along with an appropriately diminutive box of sweets. A bijou offering, then, but a well-made one in both its breezy couplets and natty, mildly wacky artwork. The 15 couplets that make up this collection range about, some plainly jokey ("Hugging you takes some practice. / So I'll start out with a cactus," says the porcupine), some touch upon transience ("I'm finding a leaf. You're taking a bite. / Wait a few weeks and our hearts will take flight"). One tackles the urban cool of pigeons: "We'll spend the day wooing, dodging the cars. / We'll spend the night cooing, under the stars." Others play with puns ("You're the porpoise of my life") or brush lightly with love. Wildish's illustrations are chummy and frankly innocent—even the love-zonked squirrel appears to have only been sampling the acorns—and bonbon-sweet without being saccharine. The line work is delicate and exacting, and the colors look as fresh as if they'd just been scraped from the palette.(Picture book/poetry. 6 & up)
- Random House Children's Books
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- 5.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 Months to 18 Years
Meet the Author
MARILYN SINGER is well-known for her many poetry books as well as picture books and YA anthologies. She is th co-host of the "Poetry Blast" at the annual American Library Association conference.
LEE WILDISH has illustrated a number of children's books in various styles, most recently Thomas and the Dragon Queen by Shutta Crum.
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