A Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing and Shout

by Paul B. Janeczko and Chris Raschka

“Poetry is sound,” states the compiler of this collection by way of introducing... read more

“Poetry is sound,” states the compiler of this collection by way of introducing readers to the anthology’s auditory qualities. From mood to metrics and from volume to voice, the thirty-seven poems presented in this album beg to be un-silenced from the page through vocal performance by individuals, families, and classrooms. Energetic illustrations by Chris Raschka accentuate the text with colorful watercolor, ink, and paper collage. Playful, somber, melodic, and crisp, the tonal range of the poems offers something for everyone. Familiar selections such as Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat” and “Double, double, toil and trouble” from Shakespeare’s Macbeth complement less familiar, but sound, selections. (Age 9 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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