This Is Just to Say
If you’re looking for a nice happy book
put this one down and run away quickly
Forgive me sweetness and good cheer are boring
Inspired by William Carlos Williams’s famous poem ”This Is Just to Say,” Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine delivers a wickedly funny collection of her own false apology poems, imagining how tricksters really feel about the mischief they make. Matthew Cordell’s clever and playful line art lightheartedly captures the spirit of the poetry. This is the perfect book for anyone who’s ever apologized . . . and not really meant it.
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Gail Carson Levine's first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Ever, a New York Times bestseller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and a New York Times bestseller; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; A Tale of Two Castles; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink, as well as the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie. Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.
Matthew Cordell is the acclaimed author and illustrator of the 2018 Caldecott winner Wolf in the Snow. He is also the author and illustrator of Trouble Gum and the illustrator of If the S in Moose Comes Loose, Toot Toot Zoom!, Mighty Casey, Righty and Lefty, and Toby and the Snowflakes, which was written by his wife. Matthew lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife, writer Julie Halpern, and their daughter, Romy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is fun to read...anytime. if you have ever apologized when you did not want to, or better yet didnt mean it,you will love these poems. As she says in the explanation "you have to be mean if you are going to write false apology poems".
This Is Just To SayI have readyour funny bookof falseapology poemsI liked thembut that's reallyall I'm goingto sayForgive meI never wasvery good atreviewing poetry
A great idea - parodies of William Carlos William's poem "This is Just to Say" - but the poems aren't very funny. The ones my high school students write each year end up being much, much better. Disappointing.
Pinocchio, Peter Pan, and other fairy tale characters are the subjects of these humorous, insincere apology poems.Even while apologizing for lying, Pinocchio displays no remorse. He actually is chopping off his growing wooden nose because he truly enjoys this vice. This was a laugh aloud read.
This book is wickedly funny & dark. "Distasteful Forgive me & disturbing" I thought according to more people had School Library Journal, a sense of humor.
Upon first hearing of this book I thought it would be a cute, quick, fun read. It was definitely quick as the original poem the poems in the book are modeled after is quite short. The original poem is cute, quick, and fun. Some of the poems in the book were as well. But a book full of this many of the same format poem, with the same basic theme, and the same line within it over and over was just too much. Repetitive in nature it made it boring. The book might be good if you read one of the poems a day, but sitting down to read each of these as a collection of poetry is not ideal. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.