Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rhett Miller teams up with Caldecott Medalist and bestselling artist Dan Santat in a riotous collection of irreverent poems for modern families.
In the tradition of Shel Silverstein, these poems bring a fresh new twist to the classic dilemmas of childhood as well as a perceptive eye to the foibles of modern family life. Full of clever wordplay and bright visual gags--and toilet humor to spare--these twenty-three rhyming poems make for an ideal read-aloud experience.
Taking on the subjects of a bullying baseball coach and annoying little brothers with equally sly humor, renowned lyricist Rhett Miller's clever verses will have the whole family cackling.
Manic energy slops over the rim of this comic verse collection by singer-songwriter Miller. Most of the 20-odd poems address evergreen childhood themes the wielding of a colored marker to feign illness and avoid school ("I should be better by 3:25"), the bedtime resistance poem ("I'm not a baby any... SNORE"), and bodily effluvia ("You're building a smell/ That's designed to repel"). By contrast, several longer poems investigate family relationships with some nuance, like the ballad about the rebellion staged by a cowed baseball coach's son ("Today there's something different, though/ Joe's eyes are dad-defying"), and a boy's reflections on his famous rock star dad: "He's got a lot of fans and stuff/ But me, I am not one." Illustrations by Santat (After the Fall) fuel the fun: the purple-pox creator is seen in tight, fish-eye-style close-up, thermometer protruding from her mouth; the reluctant bed-goer is attached to a medieval-looking orthodontic appliance. Elsewhere, bubbles float up from bathtubs: "Eat some beans for dinner/ Make some bubbles for yourself!" Though the rhyme and meter clank in spots, hilarity runs high; classroom readalouds could become uproarious. Ages 4 8. \n