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Button Up!: Wrinkled Rhymes Hardcover – Apr 6 2009
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. . . these creatures have personality, exuberance and high style that perfectly match the verses. Loads of fun." - Kirkus, starred review
"From delicately comical to downright funny, the art perfectly reflects the contagiously rhythmic, playful verse. Made for sharing, and worth learning by heart, too." - Horn Book , starred review
". . . these poems will give readers a new perspective on getting dressed . . . Playful spreads and spot art suit the small, snappy verses beautifully. This whimsical little volume will make a delightful addition to poetry collections." - School Library Journal , starred review
"The whimsical illustrations pair perfectly with the wittiness of the text, and the whole is a clever and original poetic treat." - Booklist, starred review
'. . . enjoyable sound effects . . . Tone varies from sturdy support of ,Bob's Bicycle Helmet' . . . to the playfulness of ,Wanda's Swimsuit . . . the extraordinary precision of Mather's [sic] delicate brush strokes result in collagelike textures and crisp solidity . . . sure to tickle youngsters.' - The Bulletin
"Here's a match made in children's-book Heaven: esteemed poet Schertle (All You Need for a Snowman) and Mathers, the artist behind the Lottie's World (the charming chicken) books . . . Full of surprises, perhaps a sniffle, and plenty of cheer ("Everybody clap your hands,/ everybody shout,/ Bill's got his jacket on,/ LET'S GO OUT!"), this one will be in constant demand." - PW Shelf Awareness
About the Author
ALICE SCHERTLE is a poet and the author of many well-loved books for children, including Little Blue Truck, Little Blue Truck Leads the Way , Little Blue Truck's Christmas, Button Up!, and All You Need for a Snowman . She lives in Plainfield, Massachusetts.
PETRA MATHERS is an acclaimed picture book illustrator whose books include In Aunt Giraffe's Green Garden by Jack Prelutsky, The Miraculous Tale of the Two Maries by Rosemary Wells, Strange Mr. Satie by M. T. Anderson, and her own beloved Lottie books. She lives in Astoria, Oregon.
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Tanya's OLD T-SHIRT
I live in a bucket shoved under a stair.
They call me dustrag!
I don't think it's fair.
I'm still the same size as when I was new.
I didn't shrink-
It was Tanya who GREW.
She started out small and we fit to a T.
Now she's big as a sofa!
She's tall as a tree!
She's out of control, and they're dusting with me!
You'll never, now ever,
hear anyone say,
"She's gotten too big, she's just in the way,
let's dust the piano with Tanya today."
These poems are lots of fun and have just the right panache and rhythm little ones love. The art work, needless to say, catches and matches the mood of each poem. These poems would be perfect bedtime fare or would be a lot of fun to recite during circle time. If you have an expressive reading voice, these poems will take on a life of their own and your little audience will love them!
The language used is also easily accessible to young children and what makes this collection of poems particularly appealing is the variety used in the verse. There are rhyming verses, e.g. "Jack does the running, I do the showing - number 6 coming, number 6 going" in Jack's Soccer Jersey. There are also many instances of free verse, e.g. "Ready, set, jump! Scrunch up small - Look out down below - in Wanda's Swimsuit. Mostly, this blend of free and rhyming verses work, but there are instances where it feels forced such as in Jamelia's Dress-Up Clothes which ends with a rather abrupt "Jamelia wears us all at one. We're her dress-up clothes."
Some of the verses have an infectious beat that encourages audience participation which is always a great feature to have in poetry especially in reading aloud sessions with young children. One of the best examples in this book would be the poem, The Song of Harvey's Galoshes which has features of assonance, e.g.
"Squash-galosh, squash-galosh, through the slime,
Squash-galosh, squash-galosh, bet a nickel, bet a dime."
`Emily shows us wherever she goes" in Emily's Undies will elicit giggles from many children who will recognize themselves in the precocious Emily the mouse, but the poems are not all laugh out loud funny. There is one poignant poem titled Tanya's Old T-Shirt which is the lament of an old, discarded t-shirt, bemoaning its fate as a rag. This is so reminiscent of childhood where children outgrow their clothes and will strike a chord with listeners. Children will love listening to and reading these poems about their favorite articles of clothing as represented by the diverse variety in this collection of poems.
This book can be used to spur creative poems out of kids.
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