John Hegley My Dog Is a Carrot

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My Dog Is a Carrot

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Fans of the silly and outlandish will laugh out loud at this offbeat collection of poems, mischievously illustrated by the poet himself.


my doggie don’t wear glasses
so they’re lying when they say
a dog looks like its owner
aren’t they

John Hegley’s doggie may not wear glasses, but then, she is a carrot. Enter this celebrated poet’s weird, witty, and bespectacled world and meet the organic leek who has learned how to speak, the octopus who gets a nasty shocktopus, the boy who pretends his TV is a little dog, and a whole cast of other interesting characters. Surprising, serious, and sometimes just plain strange, this is a collection of poems even your dog will love.

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John Hegley, a well-known British comedian, poet, singer, and songwriter, started his career working for a professional children’s theater. It is not surprising, then, that after publishing several books for adults, he compiled a collection of poetry for children. He finds his humor in playing with language but always tries to say something as he plays. "I try to hone in on the little things, things like dogs, carrots, and glasses," he says, "because we never get away from the small things, no matter how big the big things are."

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Gr. 3-6. A British comedian and author of several adult books, Hegley offers an unusual collection of nonsense for young people. Printed on brightly colored pages, the mostly rhyming poems are often skewed, whimsical verses about everyday things: glasses, keys, trees, carrots. Several selections seem off-target for a young audience. In one, Hegley offers a formula for fitting elephants into a car. It's an appealing idea, but the words and images are oddly sophisticated. And there are several bizarre poems about family life that are abrupt, disturbing revelations: in one short, bouncing rhyme, a kid appreciates his dad, but realizes that his mother doesn't; in another, the speaker tries to keep his father from pouring jelly into a mailbox for unexplained reasons. What's best here are the lines of sheer, irresistible silliness. In "Bee Poem," the buzzing speaker says, "I live in a colony. / I like to get all polleny." Teachers will like the range of accessible styles--including acrostic and concrete poems--and Hegley's small, childlike sketches are a good match for the words. A puzzling, uneven collection, but the selections that work are memorable. Gillian Engberg
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