Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems

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Written by: Nick Cannon

Illustrated by: Nick Cannon, Art Mobb, caliFAWNia, Captain Kris, MAST, Mike P, Morf, & Queen Andrea

Published in 2015

Genre: Poetry

Grade Level: 2-6

Summary: Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems is a collection of poems by Nick Cannon, illustrated by street artists. The book contains poems inspired by Shel Silverstein, hip hop, people Nick has met, and many others.

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Your Skeleton is Showing

YSiS coverWritten by: Kurt Cyrus

Illustrated by: Crab Scrambly

Published in 2013

Genre: Poetry, Picture Book

Grade Level: K-3

Summary: Your Skeleton is Showing is a book of poems based in a graveyard. The book begins with a young boy finding a ghost dog looking for it’s master. They journey through the graveyard, encountering poems about the various people who… reside there. From Freddie Diggs (who died from picking his nose), to Michael Gann (who was buried in a garbage can), to Bud Pugsley (whose cause of death was suffocation by hat), the poems in this book are sure to capture the attention of all who read them.

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Once Upon a Poem

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Forward by: Kevin Crossley-Holland

Illustrated by: Peter Bailey, Siân Bailey, Carol Lawson, Chris McEwan

Published in 2004

Genre: Poetry

Grade Level: 4-7

Summary: Once Upon a Poem is an anthology of poems that tell stories. The book contains 15 poems, each of which has an introduction from a famous author. Each poem in this book is completely different from the others, only unified in the fact that they all tell some sort of story.

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A Bad Case of the Giggles

A Bad Case of the Giggles

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Edited by: Bruce Lansky

Illustrated by: Stephen Carpenter

Published in 1994

Genre: Poetry, Humor

Grade Level: 1-5

Summary: A Bad Case of the Giggles is an anthology of funny poems for children covering a variety of topics. According to the editor, the poems were narrowed down to “the very best” by teachers and children from a list of hundreds of poems.

Cover: The book I have is hard cover and very sturdy. The colors are bright and eye-catching. The fonts match the book and are easy to read. The back cover has a short summary, reviews, and a short biography of Bruce Lansky (the editor).

Illustrations: I loved the illustrations in this book.They were interesting and gave context to the poems. One poem, “Bleezer’s Ice Cream” by Jack Prelutsky, uses the illustration of an ice cream parlor to display part of the poem. Most of this particular poem is made up of silly ice cream flavors, which are listed on a board similar to what you would see in a real ice cream parlor.

ABCotG Illustration example All of the illustrations in this book are in black and white, which balances them with the poems quite nicely. The one negative about the illustrations in this book is that there is very little diversity in the characters. Almost all of the children and adults shown in the book are white.

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