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If You Were a Chocolate Mustache

If You Were a Chocolate Mustache

Fall 2012 Poetry
Ages: 8 & Up
Author: J. Patrick Lewis
Illustrator: Matthew Cordell
ISBN: 978-1-59078-927-8
Hardcover Price: $18.95

Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis has created a collection of silly, kid-centric poems and riddles that will appeal to young readers. If You Were a Chocolate Mustache includes poems such as "Mac Diddy," which focuses on a dog "who writes a bitty blog," while another entry sings the praises of pretzels that "circul8." Matthew Cordell's simple pen and ink line drawings are reminiscent of Shel Silverstein, and in fact, one of Lewis' poems is in tribute to that late great children's writer. This is a good choice for reading aloud, and for exposing children to this particular literary genre.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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