Runaway Road: Laughing Leaves and Fantastic Fruit from the Poetree of Mozz

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9780972613019: Runaway Road: Laughing Leaves and Fantastic Fruit from the Poetree of Mozz

Presents a collection of humorous, lyric poems that are illustrated with pen and ink drawings.

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About the Author:

Winner of the Hayashi-Newkirk Poetry Prize for Children, Mozz is perhaps best known to the younger generation through his song lyrics for the popular "anime" movies released in the United States. They include such evergreen classics as Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Cowboy Bebop. His writings also include the television puppet plays The Star Polisher and The Sound Seller, lyrics for the soundtrack of Anne of Green Gables, and an adaptation of his book The Cucumber's Telephone Number into a children's operetta.

Mozz has also written for Eric Clapton, Sarah Brightman, Boy George, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Yellow Magic Orchestra. He was awarded the Gold Prize at the Tokyo Music Festival for his lyrics; the Grand Prize for Poetry at the Boulder, Colorado, Festival of Literature; and his scenario for the dance-drama The Resurrection of Radiance was recently performed in collaboration with the London City Ballet at the West End's Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 3-6 - These lyric poems are of varied length and all attempt to rhyme. Some are silly, like "Little Lucy Long-Lashes/Oh how she can fly - /All it takes is a couple of blinks,/And she sails into the sky." Others are pensive: "I found the Key to Life as it lay/On the garden path the other day." Many of Mozz's images are delightfully fanciful, like "The Tailor of Tales is sewing/Fine silks of Once Upon a Time,/Sequined and braided in make-believe/From the remnants of nursery rhymes." Although the ideas of the poems are clever, the selections themselves are not carefully crafted. All too often the words don't quite rhyme or the flow of a poem is tripped up by Mozz's disregard for meter. "I wasn't the first to realize/The Earth is round, not flat,/But I was the first to wear/A teapot for a flowered hat." Each of the poems is illustrated with ink-pen line drawings much like those in Shel Silverstein's longer collections. They are cleverly drawn and add to the humorous effect of the poems. Fans of the author, a veteran lyricist of pop music and anime film scores, will welcome this collection. For others, it's an additional purchase. - Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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Published by Goofy Guru Publishing (2004)
ISBN 10: 0972613013 ISBN 13: 9780972613019
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