Poetry Friday is hosted today by Check It Out.
My selection is "TheSwamps of Sleethe: poems from beyond the solar system" written by JackPrelutsky with illustrations by Jimmy Pickering.
Prelutsky delights in this foray to the dark side where dreadful destruction and mind-numbing horrors await. Each cleverly worded verse introduces young readers to bizarre worlds ranging from seething slime to bone splintering cold. Even the flower-filled forests are malevolent --
"The delicate twigs are deceitful,
and pierce you with torturous spines.
There is pain in the touch of the branches,
There is fire in the whip of the vines."
The language is sometimes challenging, but Prelutsky trusts his readers to figure it out and rewards the effort with rhymes that are a delight for the ear even as they give you a good case of the shivers. Pickering's bold colors and images enhance the power of the word pictures with ghoulish precision. Taken together the book is a creepy good time.