Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Melanie, and Lanny
for hosting this meeting place each day in March
and for nurturing our writing lives.
Head over to Writing the World for Kids,
for this week's round-up of poetic goodness.
Laura Purdie Salas shares a poemfrom her newest picture book, Meet My Family
(and introduces us to Madness Poetry).
Thanks, Laura, for hosting our gathering!
It's a dangerous spot at Island Books, the POP (point of purchase) display. It's filled with cute little books that catch my eye and make me want to pick them up. Usually I snap pics of them and check to see if the library has a copy. But recently, one of those books made it into my purchase stack. And surprise . . . I have no buyer's remorse!
It had two things going for it from the get go. It was a book of poetry. It was about cats. Two of my favorite things in the world combined in the pages of one book. Are you ready for the cover reveal? I really wish you could feel it. The title is raised felt letters.
I finally sat down last night and read the entire book. What a total delight! From the back cover: "Here you'll find both angst and attitude, humor and hubris...This collection of purr-ty good poetry offers something for every cat lover." Check out the Contents to see where this Kitten's Book of Verse will lead you.
Three of my favorites from the first section include "The Rodent Not Taken," "Do Not Go Gentle into that Carrier for Pets," and "Box."
"Box" begins with these lines -
"I wandered lonely as a tom
That stalked on high o'er couch and stair,
When all at once I saw an Amazon,
(A box, of golden brown)"
And if you want to read the rest of the poem, well, you'll have to buy the book (or see if your local library has a copy). Just remember, it's always great to support the poets in our lives. You'll find yourself in search of cat loving friends who will listen and enjoy this book with you.
"Poems by cats. About cats.
and things that cats care about."
Did I mention the wonderful illustrations that accompany each poem?