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. . .

"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)

"As the in-your-face title implies, the poems in [this] collection . .  . are not complacent, although plenty are funny and some are familiar. Punchy collages flutter across airy white pages in loose visual arrangements. By the time the volume closes . . . readers will be emboldened to join in the 'song.'"
— Publishers Weekly (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."
— Kirkus Reviews

"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