Monday, March 29, 2010

National Poetry Month - A Light In The Attic

Recently I found out that the month of April is National Poetry Month.

Thanks to a  Harper Collins Children's Publicist I was award the opportunity to review a few books!

So far, I have written about Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire, by Jane O'Connor, and The Wonder Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Time You Let Me In, 25 Poets Under 25.

Today I have A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein, the Special Editon with 12 New Poems.

Last night, while I lay thinking here,
Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
And pranced and partied all night long
And sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me? . . .
Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo With an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with the Broiled Face, and find out what happens when someone steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a mountain snores, and they’ve put a brassiere on the camel.

With 12 never-before-published poems, here is a special edition of this beloved poetry collection, from the creator of Where the Sidewalk ends and Falling Up.

In A Nutshell: I have seen this book for the past few years but had never picked it up. It was always on the shelf at the library open and ready but I was always with my kids who were throwing books at me to read to them that I never had the chance.  It is chock full of mini poems for all ages but especially perfect for 12 and up. 

What I can tell you:  The poems are all short, perfect for little attention spans. Each poem comes with a sketching for your child to focus on while you read to them. Perfect!  I think this is the perfect introduction to poetry for young minds.

"I shot an arrow toward the sky It hit a white cloud floating by.
The cloud fell dying to the shore. I don't shoot arrows anymore."

BTW...Look at all these awards the book as received:
* ALA Notable Children’s Book
* School Library Journal Best Book
* Library of Congress Children’s Books
* William Allen White Children's Book Award (Kansas)
* Garden State Children's Book Award (New Jersey)
* George C. Stone Center for Children's Books Recognition of Merit Award
* Buckeye Children’s Book Award (Ohio)


  1. I love poetry
    this is true
    haiku's and limericks
    fun for me and you
    April is the month
    we all rhyme along
    amateurs allowed
    or even a song
    Best wishes
    is what I send
    From your
    Poetry lovin' friend.


  2. I think I would like this book.
    Must find it and have a look.
    The poems seem short and sweet.
    Probably read it in a week.
    Thanks so much for letting me know.
    Oh crap, it's starting to snow.
    Warmer weather, hurry up.
    Sunny weather, fill my cup.

    How did I do?

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

    I like your freemans

  3. Anonymous10:01 PM

    This book sounds very cute!! I will look for it when I go to the library

  4. Thanks for the nod. I'm a nanny and I'm sure I can use these. Remember too, that it is national child abuse awareness month. Please give our local CASA members a voice when you can!

  5. I loved this and other Shel Silverstein books when I was growing up. I made the mistake of trying to read some of them to my three year old, maybe she'll appreciate poetry someday.


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