Goofy illustrations, icky adaptations of Mother Goose rhymes (that icky is a complement, by the way), and a whole lotta humor make Judy Sierra's Monster Goose a swell Halloween read. (The art, acrylics and colored pencil on watercolor paper, is by Jack E. Davis.) Because the book is a take-off on poems many children have heard, young readers will be so in on the jokes. One of the more, er, graphic works starts out, "There was an old zombie who lived in a shoe./She had so many maggots, she didn't know what to do." Another goes, "Sing a song of sea slime, sewer gas, and sludge." Ew, gross. Read more, Mom!
The roundup of other Poetry Friday participants is here at Chicken Spaghetti today. Please leave a link in the comments. Thanks!
Spanning the Kidlitosphere on Poetry Friday in which a bunch of bloggers post about pot'ry. I mean po'try.
Take your hall pass and visit A Year of Reading for Conference Comp Day Haiku.
Tockla's World of Children's Literature gives a shout-out to a beautiful feline with "The Owl and the Pussycat." Photo included!
Say welcome to Elaine in her first official Poetry Friday post, at Blue Rose Girls. Her original poem "Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Glutton for Punishment" gave me my first chuckle of the morning.
See Scholar's Blog for two selections by WWI poet Edward Thomas: "Rain" and "October."
A gorgeous new collection of La Fontaine fables is on the mind of Big A little a, who quotes from Ranjit Bolt's translation of "The Man and the Mirrors."
Is it raining in your neck of the woods, too? It's shorn the leaves off a lot of trees around here. Kelly Fineman offers Thomas Hardy's "Autumn Rain-Scene."
Maybe what this rainy Friday needs is some magic. You can find "Fairy Bread," by Robert Louis Stevenson, at Little Willow's Slayground.
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast highlights Louise Glück's "Averno," a 2006 National Book Award nominee.
There's snow on the ground at Farm School, and here I am, kvetching about a little rain. Becky recommends two sources for Edna St. Vincent Millay's "When the Year Grows Old."
What is one of the reasons that Adrienne loves John Ciardi? Skip over to What Adrienne Thinks About That to find out.
Strasight outta the eighteenth century comes "The Fly," by William Oldys, at Susan Taylor Brown's Once Upon a Time...
I'd like to go sit on the lofty hill in "The Autumn," but I'd get mighty wet today. Instead, I'll settle for reading Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem at The Family-Centered Life.
Some more school haikus are waiting for you over at Check It Out. Even the principal at Ms. Mac's school wrote one.
More chuckles: Journey Woman posts a parody of a Robert Browning work.
GottaBook's Gregory K. chimes in with a basketball poem, "Dunk!"
A Wrung Sponge contributes Joyce Carol Thomas's "Hide Me in the Cradle of Your Love."