Poetry Friday is hosted today by Reading to the Core.
My selection is: "Almost Late To School: and more school poems" written by Carol Diggory Shields with illustrations by Paul Meisel.
From the talented Carol Diggory Shields, a collection of poems that explore life in an elementary school with hysterical results. The title is taken from one of the poems in the book in which a student concocts wildly imaginative excuses for being late, only to discover a surprise when he comes face-to-face with his teacher. From a kindergartener's first-day jitters to the inevitable jealousies that plague young scholars, Shields is spot on with voice and characterizations.
Meisel's bright, energetic, cartoon-style illustrations are a perfect pairing with the verses.