a foot in the mouth


I put this collection together because I’m a firm believer that poetry needs to be read aloud. By yourself, with a friend, with a group. That part’s up to you, but it’s important to hear the words and music of poetry fill the air. If you thumb through this book, you’ll see that I included contemporary poems and classics, serious poems and humorous poems. All sorts of poems that deserve to be heard. Chris Raschka is in top form in his delicious illustrations. The three books we’ve done together make a nice set that explores various aspects of poetry. Will we collaborate on another book? Who knows...

The buzz...

Kids with a taste for the unusual and tricky will have no end of fun with these puzzlers . . . Beautiful and playful.
School Library Journal (starred review)
Universally strong poems, expertly tuned to both the anthology’s theme and its young audience. Joyful images . . . [close] this superbly noisy celebration of language that’s sure to convert even the most reluctant poetry readers.
Booklist (starred review)
In the spirit of this team’s previous anthologies . . . this collection rounds up 37 quirky poems. Raschka’s vivacious ink, watercolor and torn-paper illustrations capture the giddy spirit, sound and movement of this playful, sometimes edgy collection.
The Kirkus Review
Fanciful images accompany a broad gathering of new and classic poems to perform.
Children’s Books 2009: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharings, New York Public Library