What's the Weather Inside?
Book: What's the Weather Inside? , by Karma Wilson, Barry Blitt, ISBN10: 1416900926, ISBN13: 9781416900924, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, March 2009, Hardcover
Karma Wilson is the author of the bestselling BEAR books illustrated by Jane Chapman, ONE DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BOG illustrated by Joan Rankin, and many other award-winning picture books. She lives with her family in Fortine, Montana. She can also be found at www.karmawilson.com.
Barry Blitt's illustrations have appeared on the cover of the New Yorker and have also graced the pages of the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and Entertainment Weekly. He lives in Riverside, Connecticut.
Here are more than 120 hysterical, philosophical, rhetorical, and commonsensical poems and pictures that explore the perfectly not-so-perfect world of picky kids, Miss Muffet's revenge, magic homework wands, yellow snow, and Sunday's sundaes!
New York Times bestselling author Karma Wilson and renowned New Yorker cartoonist Barry Blitt have created a brilliantly entertaining poetry collection sure to be a source of pleasure and inspiration to kids everywhere.
"If you think poems are stupid/ and poetry's a bore,/ ... / and if you're sure this book's the same/ as all you've read before.../ I dare ya, yes, I dare ya: Turn the page." Early on, Wilson (Bear Snores On) throws down the gauntlet in her wide-ranging book of humorous, often edgy poetry, Silversteinian in its format and sensibility. Coupled with ink-drawn caricatures by Blitt (The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven), the poems range from modern parables ("I'm telling you now that I'd rather eat cow/ than that goo that my aunt calls tofu./ Ew") to more experimental verse. On one spread, a list of "lovely" words ("moonlight,/ butterfly,/ chamomile") faces another with "ugly" words ("traitor,/ homicide,/ moron"). Blitt's artwork adeptly magnifies the tones that the poems strike: in "Golden Eggs," a goose wearing a crown and "Bling" pendant stares at an empty cradle. "[She'd] rather have/ one fluffy chick/ than a million golden eggs." The darker poems will not appeal to all, but from the silly to the unsavory, there's plenty to provoke and entertain. Ages 6-10. (Mar.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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