Friday, April 27, 2012

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted today by Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference.

My selection is "Absolutely Wild: Poems" written by Dennis Webster and illustrated by Kim Webster Cunningham.

This father/daughter team is, unsurprisingly, an ideal pairing.  Webster's couplets and quatrains are reminiscent of Ogden Nash or Edward Lear.  The humorous verses celebrate a variety of unusual animals from Gnus to Yaks.  The verses are energetic, sometimes silly, and always entertaining.

Here are the first four lines from the "Yak"

                                                A shaggy species is the yak
                                                With hairy front and hairy back
                                                It isn't very hard to spot him
                                                With hairy top and hairy bottom.

Cunningham's hand-colored linoleum prints are lively and detailed renderings that highlight each creature.

This is a charming, fun to read-aloud book to be enjoyed by children and adults.

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