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A Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout

by Paul B. Janeczko
Illustrated by Chris Raschka

Published by Candlewick Press, 2009
61 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7636-0663-3

Age 9 and older

“Poetry is sound,” states the compiler of this collection by way of introducing readers to the anthology’s auditory qualities. From mood to metrics and from volume to voice, the thirty-seven poems presented in this album beg to be un-silenced from the page through vocal performance by individuals, families, and classrooms. Energetic illustrations by Chris Raschka accentuate the text with colorful watercolor, ink, and paper collage. Playful, somber, melodic, and crisp, the tonal range of the poems offers something for everyone. Familiar selections such as Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat” and “Double, double, toil and trouble” from Shakespeare’s Macbeth complement less familiar, but sound, selections. CCBC Categories: Poetry  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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