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A Scattering of Wonderful Poetry
May 23rd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Oh Dinosaur!

Written by Barbara Ireson – Illustrated by Anne Axworthy

This is a very small but incredibly well-written book of silly poems about dinosaurs. Better than the vast majority of children’s poetry that I see these days.  VERY hard to find, but worth looking for, especially for a child who loves dinosaurs.

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Walking the Bridge of Your Nose: Wordplay, Poems and Rhymes

Written by Michael Rosen – Illustrated by Chloë Cheese

Michael Rosen has produced a fantastic book of poetry which employs tongue-twisters, wordplay, and other linguistic tricks.  Kids will enjoy both the hilarious poems and the introduction to some of the wonders of language.

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Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child’s Book of Poems

Selected by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, Eva Moore, Mary Michaels White, and Jan Carr – Illustrated by Marcia Brown, Leo & Diane Dillon, Richard Egielski, Trina Schart Hyman, Arnold Lobel, Maurice Sendak, Marc Simont, and Margot Zemach

A wonderful cornerstone to any child’s collection of poetry books. Included are poems from children’s favourites like Mary Ann Hoberman and classic authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson and Langston Hughes, with pictures by beloved illustrators from Arnold Lobel (“Frog and Toad”) to Maurice Sendak (“Where the Wild Things Are”). The poems are cleverly divided into nine themes, including “Story Poems” and “Mostly Nonsense”.

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Tyrannosaurus Drip
May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

The two Tyrannosauruses, so grisly, mean, and grim

Couldn’t catch the duckbill dinosaurs

because they couldn’t swim.

And they muttered, “Down with water!”

and they muttered, “Down with wet!”

And they muttered,

“What a shame that bridges aren’t invented yet.”

The above is an excellent example of why I’m prone to heaping effusive praise on Julia Donaldson and pretty much everything that she writes.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Mammoths on the Move
May 13th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Massive, hairy,

Legendary,

wonderful woolly mammoths!

I find that it can often be difficult to get young children interested in non-fiction books, simply because they crave the familiar structure of a story and have trouble staying focused on the simple presentation of facts, no matter how age-appropriate or lively the writing might be. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rotten and Rascal: The Two Terrible Pterosaur Twins
May 13th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

65 million years ago the world was a deafening

place.

There were thunderstorms.

There were volcanoes.

There were landslides.

And there were earthquakes.

But most of the noise came from

Rotten and Rascal,

Two terrible pterosaur twins. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bus-a-Saurus Bop
Mar 11th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Early in the mornin’

when the sun is done a-snorin’,

the boppin’ bus-a-saurus

comes a-rippin’ and a-roarin’.

Both of my then two- and three-year-old nieces and I loved this book from the moment we opened it.  It’s that simple: Bus-a-saurus Bop is the sort of book that you just can’t help but love.  Read the rest of this entry »

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