A book of whimsical wordplay, playful poetry, and mixed-media art. It's a diverse collection of inventiveness and collaboration that inspires readers to create, think, and wonder.
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Kevin Kammeraad is an award-winning artist, performer, and the author of several books, including The Tomato Collection and A Curious Glimpse of Michigan. He also has released several acclaimed children's CDs, twice receiving the Parents Choice Fun Stuff award. He has performed across the United States - from the National Children's Museum in Washington D.C. to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Hawaii. The Grand Valley State University graduate grew up in Holland, MI and now lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife and family.Review:
From cover to cover, the young reader's imagination is captured, ideas abound, and creativity can't help but be sparked. "Spinach Dip Pancakes" is a quirky, simple, and diverse collection of thoughts enveloped in art begs to be read again and again, uncovering new ideas upon each return. An impressively original collection of original poems, lively songs and engaging possibilities, "Spinach Dip Pancakes" is very highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections for young readers. --Midwest Book Review
Kammeraad mixes photographic collages and cartoon images with poems, comics, and stories in this visually and verbally eccentric collection (an accompanying audio album is available). Throughout, he returns to variations on the lines "Anything is possible,/ anything at all," moving from a position that "we can't do it all to "[we] don't have to do it all." A story about an aardvark, inspired by three words, told in three sentences, carries the implicit hint that readers could do the same. An ultra-brief poem for the woodwind player ("Pickle high. Pickle low") puns on the word piccolo, and in a comics sequence, two human girls morph into a cartoon bird and rabbit for a day of adventure. Not every entry hits its mark (Mr. E, a wooden robot of sorts, makes the bland observation that "It occurred to me that everyone is somewhere"), but a smattering of word pairs on the facing page built around opposites (crayon and crayoff, island and wasland, etc.) could easily inspire readers to come up with their own pairings. It's a Dada-esque mix of silliness, wordplay, and outright nonsense. --Publishers Weekly (BookLife)
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