Poetry Friday: My Hippo Has the Hiccups (book review)

My Hippo Has the Hiccups and Other Poems I Totally  Made Up Poems by: Kenn Nesbitt Illustrated by: Ethan Long Published by: Jabberwocky/Sourebooks (April 2009) Kenn Nesbitt’s newest book of poetry, My Hippo Has the Hiccups will arrive on bookstore shelves in April 2009. That said, since the title poem is all over the Internet and a few of the other poems are on Kenn’s Poetry4Kids.com website, I felt comfortable posting a review. Last week, on one of the days schools were closed, Catherine and I grabbed some hot chocolate and a bunch of books. Thankfully we weren’t reading and sipping at the same time. Otherwise, we would have had a mess! Among the 150 odd pages, you’ll find poems … Read more

The Next Chapter: 2009 Arrives

Happy New Year! Things have been quiet here … on purpose. We hope you had a great, restful holiday. With Christmas behind us, it’s time to close the book on 2008 and begin to write 2009. A friend sent an email from China, with a photo of fireworks and this quote, which I think is particularly apropos for this year. “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” I always love the “lull” between the last two holidays of the year because there is time to reflect on the good stuff and draw on that energy to start planning for the new year. As I … Read more

Words That Make Me Dance

I have been spending the afternoon getting book reviews loaded onto the website. We always include the target audience in our reviews, but these are reviews from our toughest audience: kids who don’t like to read. The group I’m working on today were written by high school readers-in-need who are reading at an upper elementary level. These students have done a wonderful job, no doubt through the dedication of their teacher. I can’t imagine her joy when she read this student’s answer to the question about whether s/he would buy, borrow, or skip this book. “I would buy this book because I really don’t like reading but this book helped me out a lot. I forced myself to read, and … Read more