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5 to 10
K to 5
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-921-6
Full-color illustrations
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Thirteen classic poems by poets such as Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, and David McCord are paired with parodies written by J. Patrick Lewis that honor and play off of the original poems in a range of ways. For example, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is paired with “Stopping by Fridge on a Hungry Evening” to hilarious effect, whereas the combination of Emily Dickinson’s “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers” with Lewis’s “‘Grief’ is the thing with tissues” is profound, and both David McCord’s “This Is My Rock” and Lewis’s “This Is My Tree” hum with a sense of wonder. This playful introduction to classics will inspire imagination and wonder even as it tickles funny bones.  


“Kids bored by the usual collections of classic poems will appreciate this chuckle-worthy take, which pairs familiar verses with sometimes silly, sometimes thoughtful, always clever parodies. The varied selection of poems is well matched by Wrights multimedia illustrations…From short to long, and covering a broad scope of topics, these poems poking gentle fun at the form should find easy appeal, maybe even among kids reluctant to read poetry.” - Booklist  

“Poem and parody face each other, nestled in colorful illustrations…A charming introduction to the carefully selected original poems and the delightful turns of phrase they have conjured up. …Encourages young writers to try their hand at some spoofing of their own.” - School Library Journal

“Former Children’s Poet Laureate Lewis gathers 13 poems, then pairs them with parodies that take the original works in unexpected directions, accompanied by Wright’s smudgy, naïf artwork. Readers…may learn how writing a good (parody)…requires a solid awareness of the source material, something Lewis clearly demonstrates with his clever, funny, and visceral responses.” Publishers Weekly  

“Lewis takes thirteen poems…and pairs them with his own verses….Throughout, (he) is scrupulous in his fidelity to structure and theme of the originals, so the pairs balance effectively, and his new offerings also stand alone. (The) illustrations have a child-like vigor…and a touch of the sweetly fantastical…an intriguing collection of verse to enjoy and consider.” BCCB  

“A dozen classic poems, with Lewis’ playful revisions on the opposite pages…provide(s) wonderful inspiration for young would-be poets. Wright’s illustrations…add much color, notably including the multiracial cast of children she depicts.” Kirkus Reviews  

Meet the Author

J. Patrick Lewis

J. Patrick Lewis is the 2011 winner of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children and was the U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate (2011–2013). His many books include If You Were a Chocolate MustacheFace Bug, and Please Bury Me in the Library. He lives in Westerville, Ohio.

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Meet the Illustrator

Johanna Wright

Johanna Wright is the illustrator of Clover Twigand the Magical Cottage, Clover Twig and the Perilous Path, and several picture books, including her own The Secret Circus, Bunnies on Ice, and The Orchestra Pit. She lives with her husband, two young children, and fuzzy cats in Portland, Oregon. Visit

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