Poetry Friday is hosted today by ThePoem Farm.
My selection is "Big talk: poems for four voices" by Paul Fleischman with illustrations by Beppe Giacobbe.
Fleischman builds on the success of Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices (a Newbery Medal winner) with a collection of poems that will challenge, inspire and delight both readers and audience. Meticulous attention to detail in "The Quiet Evenings Here" offers readers a contrast between the apparent quiet of an evening at home with the subtle energy beneath "Clock tick-tockin' / Sister hummin' / Grandpa strummin' / Raindrops rappin' / Toes a-tappin' / Roof-leak droppin'," and so on. "Seventh-Grade Soap Opera" raises the energy index as voices ring with lively gossip that ends in a well-crafted chaos. Quiet thoughtfulness and longing imbue Ghost's Grace with a gentle melancholy as spirits remember the joys of dining with family.Giacobbe highlights the action and balances the text with well-drawn humor mirroring the poems with tints ranging from quiet sepias to lively colors.