Monday, August 1, 2016

sleepovers, poems galore and dead bodies

I scored with poetry last month and read several exciting poems.  I also read an astounding memoir and devoured the latest Fancy Nancy book and maybe danced around with it a bit.  

Here are the best books I read in July:

Fancy Nancy Saturday Night Sleepover by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

- I love Fancy Nancy and her colossal vocabulary (that's fancy for knowing lotsa words). Nancy and her little sister, JoJo, are having a sleepover at Mrs. Devine's and Nancy is worried that JoJo is going to miss mom and day too much to enjoy the  sleepover​. But maybe they'll have so much fun they won't have time to miss mom and dad? Or maybe mom and dad are going to be missed no matter what? So much suspense!

Knock at a Star: A Child's Introduction to Poetry

- Any book of children's poetry that has a poem by Richard Brautigan has my respect (having said that, not all Brautigan poems are meant for little ears) - these poems are super accessible for any age, but there are a few that are like onions and have multiple layers of meaning - the book is nicely divided into sections of different themes in poetry followed by a tidy desription and poems that illustrate the theme

Good Poems

lots of familiar and well-loved poems like 'Otherwise' by Jane Kenyon and 'Bats' by Randall Jarrell - also a few delightful poems I hadn't seen before like 'Elvis Kissed Me' by T.S. Kerrigan and 'Routine' by Arthur Guiterman, which ends with the fantastic line, "even kings have underthings"

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

- morbid, hilarious, inspiring and ruthlessly genuine - Caitlin Doughty has a knack for finding the beauty in peculiar and horrifying moments and writing about them with poetry, wisdom and humor - there's a strong argument here for how we deal with the dead, but also hope, that together, we can fix it

Longer review coming for this book!

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