Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night Hardcover – Sep 6 2010
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"Allen's detailed yet moody prints encapsulate the mysteries and magic of the midnight hours. In Sidman's delicious poems, darkness is the norm, and there's nothing to fear but the rising sun."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This is a fine collection for classroom use at any time, but it'll bring extra impact to those who can find a way to share it at dusk with the lights dimmed, watching through the windows as the nocturnal ballet begins outside."—The Bulletin, starred review
"This picture book combines lyrical poetry and compelling art with science concepts."—Booklist, starred review
"The dark lines of Allen's skillful lino cut prints make the perfect accompaniment to a book of night poems, with their subtle colors allowing the reader to seek out the creatures slowly, just as one's eye becomes accustomed to finding things in the dark."—The Horn Book, starred review
"The bookmaking is beautiful with the concept of night lending itself generously to poetry. "—School Library Journal
About the Author
Newbery Honor winner Joyce Sidman is simply one of the best poets writing for children today. Her accolades include a Lee Bennet Hopkins Award, winner of the Cybil Award, Texas Bluebonnet Master List, two Caldecott Honors, winner of the Claudia Lewis Award, and many stars and notables and best of lists. For her award-winning body of work, she recently won the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota. Visitwww.joycesidman.com On the tip of Lake Superior at the Kenspeckle Letterpress in Duluth, Minnesota, Rick Allen creates stunning prints, pressing original linoleum cuts, curious wood engravings, eccentric broadsheets, and other printed ephemera in collaboration with his wife and creative partner, Marian Lansky, and their assistant, Janelle Miller. Visit www.kenspeckleletterpress.com."
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I loved this book on my first read through, captivated by the unexpected, but somehow perfect, mixture of poetry and science. Apparently, had I been familiar with author Joyce Sidman who has employed this combination in previous books such as Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow and Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems, this combination would not have surprised me. (Both of these earlier books now reside on my Wish List.)
In her latest book, Sidman welcomes us to the night, inviting us to learn about the creatures that inhabit it and to witness the changes to ordinary things after the sun has set. Poems, composed in a variety of styles, introduce us to several night creatures - a moth, a snail and the Great Horned Owl depicted on the cover, among others. Alongside the poems are related facts told in accessible, but not simplistic or dumbed-down language. This is interesting stuff - the sort of facts kids and those reading to them will enjoy learning and will remember. I'd never heard the word porcupette (a baby porcupine) before, nor did I know that snails added a layer to their shell every night or exactly how the legs of crickets produced their chirps. Learning right along with my grandkids as I read to them added an extra layer of enjoyment to this book.
Rick Allen's detailed linoleum prints - a style I don't see with great regularity - complement verse and prose perfectly and a very helpful glossary is also included.
As my library for kids and young adults continues to grow, I hope I stumble across more treasures like this one. I'm excited about adding Sidman's earlier works to my collection - and to seeing what I'll learn from them.
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