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We Go Together!: A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse [NOOK Book]

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In Calef Brown’s poem “We Go Together,” he jubilantly decrees: “We go together / like fingers and thumbs. / Basses and drums. / Pastries and crumbs.” In “You Are Two (Kiwis),” he muses, “I am quite frequently, / reminded by thee / of a kiwi. / Either kind.” Yes, silliness and sentimentality have free rein in this “curious selection” of childlike poems about love and friendship, each accompanied by an equally absurd, stylized acrylic painting. Like Sandol Stoddard’s I Like You, We Go Together! this book makes an ...

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We Go Together!: A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse

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Overview

In Calef Brown’s poem “We Go Together,” he jubilantly decrees: “We go together / like fingers and thumbs. / Basses and drums. / Pastries and crumbs.” In “You Are Two (Kiwis),” he muses, “I am quite frequently, / reminded by thee / of a kiwi. / Either kind.” Yes, silliness and sentimentality have free rein in this “curious selection” of childlike poems about love and friendship, each accompanied by an equally absurd, stylized acrylic painting. Like Sandol Stoddard’s I Like You, We Go Together! this book makes an offbeat Valentine’s gift for anyone with a good sense of humor and a penchant for wordplay.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Pamela Paul
Brown's geometric animals and angular humans suit the off-kilter verse, with its odes to snow globes, doorbells and roller skates…
Publishers Weekly
Despite its greeting-card size, Brown’s collection of 18 love and friendship poems is anything but stock. In “FBF,” two friends share memories about their “greenish phase” (“We... concocted strange juices/ with lettuce and kale./ We trained an iguana/ to get us the mail”), while later poems discuss gratitude (“My mind was in a panic,/ but you remained calm,/ ready to do battle/ with the splinter in my palm”) and laughter (“I cackle/ and you chortle./ Together we chorkle”). Brown’s bean-nosed, long-legged monsters, and eccentrically attired dogs, cats, and humans are as unusual and memorable as ever, as he pairs a heaping spoonful of nonsense with unexpected yet genuine observations about the joy of companionship. Ages 4–8. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Jan.)
From the Publisher

"In a collection that celebrates loving friendship, Brown artfully captures the comforting, sometimes odd moments of true affection."
Kirkus

"[Brown] pairs a heaping spoonful of nonsense with unexpected yet genuine observations about the joy of companionship."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The cheerful, rhythmic rhymes help make this book perfect for reading aloud, and it would be an ideal choice for two friends to share."
School Library Journal

"This small book, not much bigger than a greeting card, celebrates friendship in short poems and imaginative drawings. . . . Use this as a jumping off place for creating Valentine's Day cards."
Booklist
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
We Go Together! is comprised of eighteen poems that celebrate all the joys of friendship. Friends "go together like fingers and thumbs." Friends are like kiwis (both the bird and the fruit). A friend will run to your doorstep when given a call. Best friends are forever. With a friend, every day is like a birthday cake and the mirth they bring. Scallywags play tricks together. A roller buddy teaches a friend to skate. Sometimes friends drink tea together; other times they laugh and chortle. A close friend will complete another's sentences and sometimes their paragraphs. Friends bring gifts for you from their trips. They stick by each other when there's a tangle. The smile of a friend lights up every situation. The friendship-based poetry in this book is fun to read and the quirky illustrations add unexpected humor. Unusual situations are shown, such as an alligator and a bird riding a bicycle, a dog wearing clothes and a hat carrying a flower to a doorstep, a kiwi bird with legs and small feet floating in the air, and alien-looking beings engaged in human activities. A fun book for all ages. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–6—This book, comprised of 18 first-person poems that are all about 10 lines each, emphasizes the importance of friendship and the little ways in which people can express their gratitude for one another. Each spread has a snappy poem and a colorful picture. The illustrations range from subtle to celebratory, and the characters depicted give deeper meaning to the selections. Different ethnicities and even species are represented (including green space aliens!), but they are not specifically addressed in the text (nor do they really need to be). The poems quietly celebrate all types of friendships, and the narrator(s) show appreciation for the small things that bring friends together, like how one bird encouraged his dog pal to become a braver roller skater, or how one friend has memorized the other's preferences when it comes to a cup of tea, "Noticing things about me, especially, seems to be your specialty." The cheerful, rhythmic rhymes help make this book perfect for reading aloud, and it would be an ideal choice for two friends to share.—Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
In a collection that celebrates loving friendship, Brown artfully captures the comforting, sometimes odd moments of true affection. Each of the 14 poems dabbles in a bit of wordplay while experimenting with varied compositions of rhyming couplets. The qualities of best friends are the dominant theme: "If someone makes a crack / or puts me down, / you back me up / and stick around. / Always there / when I get in a tangle. / I lean on you / at a steep angle…." In the title poem, two guys liken themselves to silly pairings: "We go together / like fingers and thumbs. / Basses and drums. / Pastries and crumbs. / We go together / like apples and plums. / Molars and gums. / Genuine chums." Flat acrylic illustrations not only supplement the text, but add to the quirky humor. For all the admirable qualities found within, this will probably have limited appeal due to the less-than-scintillating subject matter, and given the small trim size, sharing with a group will be challenging. Consider giving as a gift for a special pal. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547721293
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Calef Brown began his career as a tour guide at an early age, when he discovered the simple joy of pointing things out. He is also an artist, writer, and frequently a blue elephant. Mr. Brown’s illustrations have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and his paintings have been exhibited in N.Y., L.A., S.F., and other places without fancy initials, like Osaka and Rome. He lives in Maine.
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