Beastly Verse
Beastly Verse
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Annotation: An anthology of sixteen animal poems for children, illustrated by the graphic artist JooHee Yoon, with authors ranging from Lewis Carroll to D. H. Lawrence to Anonymous.
Catalog Number: #111587
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Enchanted Lion
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Yoon, JooHee,
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-592-70166-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-592-70166-7
Dewey: 808.81
LCCN: 2015006011
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal Starred Review
K-Gr 4 Yoon's bold imagination is evidenced by her illustrations of these 16 animal-related poems by an eclectic group of writers including Lewis Carroll, D.H. Lawrence, and surrealist Robert Desnos. The verses vary from the nonsensical, such as Laura E. Richards's "Eletelephony," to the sublime, such as Walter de la Mare's "Dream Song." By combining printmaking, drawing, and digital techniques and relying upon three Pantone colors, Yoon has created a work of art, full of vibrant colors, striking patterns, and playful layouts. To capture William Blake's "The Tiger," for instance, Yoon uses a gatefold that reveals part of the tiger amid a background of wild forest ferns on each page, with the color scheme moving from greens to yellows, until the tiger's head emerges, ablaze like the sun. VERDICT An excellent, innovative approach to poetry. Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Using a vintage spot-color printing technique, which employs three primary-color inks that overlap to create a broad spectrum of hues, Yoon brings a series of classic animal poems to life with wild, vibrant illustrations ranging from uproarious to serene. Laura E. Richards' "Eletelephony" appears next to a neat, bright, and sunny living room, but, echoing the jumbled syllables in the poem, a gatefold page opens to reveal a massive, blueish-purple elephant chaotically turning over furniture as it answers the phone. Yoon illuminates Walter de la Mare's "Dream Song," meanwhile, with a warm, paint-splattered sunset flanked by a shadowy forest and a saucer-eyed owl. Though a few of the poems, such as William Cowper's "The Snail," might be a challenge for some kids, the majority of selections are short, a little bit jokey, and a lot of fun to read out loud. The main attraction, of course, is Yoon's stunning, exuberant artwork. The riot of bright tones, abstract shapes, and tangled textures artfully combines to reveal stylized figures and lush backgrounds that both beautifully evoke the spirit of the verses and comically illustrate the sillier selections. Poetry classes would be well served by this superior piece of bookmaking.
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Starred Review ALA Booklist (5/1/15)
School Library Journal Starred Review (5/1/15)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Lexile: NP

Poetry and children belong together, and for a long time, the music and playfulness of verse wove itself through children's days and lives. Beastly Verse aims to help return the wonder of poetry to children's lives through sixteen exquisitely illustrated poems, four of which have the surprise and pleasure of being foldouts. Consisting of playful as well as powerfully memorable poems, Beastly Verse transports the reader into a richly worded world of tigers, hummingbirds, owls, elephants, pelicans, yaks, snails, and even telephones! A playful romp through verse, rhyme, and gorgeous images, this book carries children into the poetic realm in a way that is not only fun and inviting, but inspiring as well! Representing poems from Anonymous, as well as some lesser well-known poets, this volume also includes poems from Lewis Carroll, William Blake, Robert Desnos, Hilaire Belloc, William Cowper, Christina Rossetti, and D.H. Lawrence. Both short and long, these poems can be read and reread, committed to memory and enjoyed all life long. JooHee Yoon is an illustrator and printmaker committed to the art of bookmaking. Her art work has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, Le Monde, and many other international publications.

The crocodile / / Lewis Carroll
Three young rats / Anonymous
The eel / Ogden Nash
The tiger / William Blake
The friendly hen / Arthur Waugh
The happy hyena / Carolyn Wells
The pelican / Robert Desnos
Eletelephony / Laura E. Richards
The yak / Hilaire Belloc
The centipede's dilemma / Anonymous
The snail / William Cowper
The Spangled Pandemonium / Palmer Brown
Caterpillar / Christina Rossetti
Zoo manners / Eileen Mathias
Humming-bird / D.H. Lawrence
Dream song / Walter de la Mare.

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