"If you think poems are stupid/ and poetry's a bore,/ ... / and if you're sure this book's the same/ as all you've read before.../ I dare ya, yes, I dare ya: Turn the page." Early on, Wilson (Bear Snores On) throws down the gauntlet in her wide-ranging book of humorous, often edgy poetry, Silversteinian in its format and sensibility. Coupled with ink-drawn caricatures by Blitt (The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven), the poems range from modern parables ("I'm telling you now that I'd rather eat cow/ than that goo that my aunt calls tofu./ Ew") to more experimental verse. On one spread, a list of "lovely" words ("moonlight,/ butterfly,/ chamomile") faces another with "ugly" words ("traitor,/ homicide,/ moron"). Blitt's artwork adeptly magnifies the tones that the poems strike: in "Golden Eggs," a goose wearing a crown and "Bling" pendant stares at an empty cradle. "[She'd] rather have/ one fluffy chick/ than a million golden eggs." The darker poems will not appeal to all, but from the silly to the unsavory, there's plenty to provoke and entertain. Ages 6-10. (Mar.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
What's the Weather Inside?by Karma Wilson
New York Times bestselling author Karma Wilson and renowned New Yorker cartoonist Barry Blitt have created a/i>
Here are more than 120 hysterical, philosophical, rhetorical, and commonsensical poems and pictures that explore the perfectly not-so-perfect world of picky kids, Miss Muffet's revenge, magic homework wands, yellow snow, and Sunday's sundaes!
New York Times bestselling author Karma Wilson and renowned New Yorker cartoonist Barry Blitt have created a brilliantly entertaining poetry collection sure to be a source of pleasure and inspiration to kids everywhere.
- Margaret K. McElderry Books
- Publication date:
- Sold by:
- SIMON & SCHUSTER
- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 10 MB
- Age Range:
- 6 - 10 Years
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What's the Weather Inside?
What's the weather like inside?
What's the forecast say?
Is that a breeze of memory
blown in from yesterday?
Has a fog of doubt rolled in
upon the winds of change?
Or floods of creativity
with just a chance of strange?
A jolt of anger followed by
the thunder of despair?
A lilt of laughter floating
on a future bright and fair?
What's the weather like inside?
Tune in and take a look.
Is that a brainstorm coming on?
Curl up and write a book.
I dare Ya
If you think poems are stupid
and poetry's a bore,
if every poem you've ever read
has almost made you snore,
and if you're sure this book's the same
as all you've read before...
I dare ya, yes, I dare ya: Turn the page.
Miss Muffet's Revenge
Little Miss Muffet
sat on her tuffet
eating a yogurt parfait.
Along came a spider,
who sat down beside her.
She squished it
and flicked it away.
What Your Dog Might Be Thinking
I love to pee on the flower bed.
I love to eat things smelly and dead.
I love the smell of putridness.
I love to frolic in rottenness.
I love to bury my bones in a hole.
I love to drink from the toilet bowl.
I love to munch what the garbage man misses.
I love to give my people kisses. SLURP!
What Your Cat Might Be Thinking
I'm the center of the universe.
I'm all-out royalty.
There really isn't anyone
who's near as good as me.
And everything that's ever done
is done just for my bidding.
And I shall banish anyone
I do not deem befitting.
Laps were made to be my throne,
and hands were made to pet me.
And anything I want to do,
of course, you have to let me.
And if you open up a book,
then that's to lay my head on.
And if you put your sweater down,
well, that's for me to shed on.
And if you plant a pretty plant,
well, that's for me to chew.
And if you bring a puppy home,
well, that's the end of you.
What Your Hamster Might Be Thinking
Through the kitchen
down the hall
I don't like naps.
In fact, I hate 'em . .
. unless my baby brother
It's changing time for brother.
It's time to change that diaper.
Dirty, stinky, icky poo.
It's changing time again.
Somebody change him now!
Will someone change my brother?
Me? Gee, it's not so bad.
It's not quite changing time.
"Oh, dahling, don't you love my purse?
It's genuine alligator."
She said that just this morning,
but then a little later
she reached inside for something
and it ate her.
Inside a Tornado
I wonder what it might be like
inside a big tornado.
Floating free, like Dorothy,
you'd ride the rushing flow.
Twirling, swirling, whirling,
maybe shouting as you go...
"HELP! I DO NOT WANT TO BE INSIDE THIS BIG TORNADO!" Text copyright © 2009 by Karma Wilson
Meet the Author
Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon & Schuster, including the Bear Books series and Where Is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Montana.
Barry Blitt’s illustrations have appeared on more than eighty New Yorker covers and have also graced the pages of The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. He is the illustrator of Once Upon a Time, the End (Asleep in 60 Seconds) by Geoffrey Koske and The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn by Robert Burleigh, as well as other picture books. He lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.
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