Thursday, April 3, 2008

Hooray for Poetry Month!

We're kicking off a month of poetry blogging here at Little Blog of Stories, and we're starting with the grandaddy of modern kid's poetry, Shel Silverstein.

HarperCollins just re-issued one of his earliest books, Don't Bump the Glump! And other Fantasies. This originally was published in 1964, the same year as his classic The Giving Tree. They've given this a big push, with a gorgeous book filled with watercolor illustrations.

The art is wonderful, a great new way to see someone whose work you think you are familiar with. But how's the poetry, you ask? Silverstein's classic biting wit is on full display here, though he still hasn't quite found his sea legs when it comes to his rhyme and meter. The poems aren't near so memorable or clever as his later work like Where the Sidewalk Ends or A Light in the Attic.

Well worth a look, though, especially if you love bestiaries or the prospect of getting eaten...

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