A fun fright-fest for any time of the year There's always something lurking in the spooky-but-fun urban world of these poems. Maybe it's a lost dragon (a wizard's loving pet--please return if found!) or a twelve-toed creature, or perhaps it's a monster celebrating his birthday. Whatever is there, it's sure to delight readers at any time of the year.
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Lilian Moore (1909-2004) was the beloved author of many books for children, including See My Lovely Poison Ivy, from which many of the poems in this collection were taken.
Howard Fine is the illustrator of, among other books, Piggie Pie! and Zak's Lunch, by Margie Palatini. He is a dentist and lives in White Plains, New York, with his family.
PreSchool-Grade 2–The ghosts, monsters, and dragons are amusing and not the least bit scary in this congenial picture-book gathering of short verses from Moore's Spooky Rhymes and Riddles (Scholastic, 1973) and See My Lovely Poison Ivy (S & S, 1975). A Dragon whose size was quite whopping/Breathed fire all day without stopping./No child seemed to mind/For he really was kind/And kept all the popcorn a-popping. Double-page gouache scenes provide visual interpretations of the offerings and sometimes add a touch of innuendo. While Fine's use of charcoal gives the pictures a bit of a dark cast, the children and creatures depicted are all pretty much everyday, homely folks enjoying themselves. A few of the poems are suggestive, leaving more to the imagination. No one knows what hatched out of an egg that grew and grew, big as a hat,/Big as a house, and bigger than that (although the image of a large eye, surrounded by green scales, peering in through a window might provide a clue). Children can also wonder about the origins of the print of A twelve-toed foot/Two yards wide left in the snow. Illustrated with humor and warmth, these poems are simple enough for independent readers and silly enough to evoke chuckles and giggles during read-aloud sharing.–Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0805069178
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