A spoonful of poetry helps the mockery go down! This collection of presidential poems is historical and hysterical.
The clerihew is a simple poetic form specifically invented to make fun of famous people—and who is more famous than the misbehaving presidents of the United States? Here are forty-three poems teasing the commander-in-chief that are fun to read aloud and even more fun to write yourself. From the author of the incredibly inventive Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word comes a new collection filled with zingers, humdingers, and Presidential Misadventures.
Commanders-in-chief have long been targets for jokes, and Raczka continues this tradition with gusto in a collection of clerihews (short comic verses aimed at the famous) for each American president, accompanied by Burr's impish b&w caricatures. The poems are based in truth, with casual observations and (mostly) good-natured roasting: "Pennsylvanian James Buchanan/ had poor taste in party plannin'./ For dinner, he often served sauerkraut./ No doubt for dessert it was brussels sprouts." Some clerihews, however, have a bit more sting: "Relaxer-in-chief George W. Bush/ discovered the nation's top job was cush./ He took more than 900 days of vacation,/ a record for two-term administrations." These poems are satisfying bursts of sarcasm and wit, and an appendix provides clarification about Raczka's many political and historical references. Ages 8 12.