KEEP A POCKET IN YOUR POEM: Classic Poems and Playful Parodies is a pun-filled salute to classic poems...

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KEEP A POCKET IN YOUR POEM: Classic Poems and Playful Parodies

A Pun-Filled Salute to Classic Poems

“(W)onderful inspiration for young would-be poets…” – Kirkus Reviews

Honesdale, Pennsylvania, March 2017— Former Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis pairs beloved poems with his own parodies that twist each classic in humorous ways in KEEP A POCKET IN YOUR POEM: Classic Poems and Playful Parodies.  Illustrated by Johana Wright, the book will be published in March 2017 by WordSong, an imprint of Highlights, just in time for National Poetry Month in April and Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day celebrations.

In this poetry picture book, thirteen classic poems are honored with parodies written by Lewis that will inspire imagination, evoke wonder and tickle young readers’ funny bones.  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 book is unique, as there aren’t any other children’s books that pair classic poems with newly-minted verses written in their honor.  It also includes an author’s note explaining parody, showing how it can be a tribute to the original work, and invites young readers to create their own parodies. 

School Library Journal raves: “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…(e)ncourages young writers to try their hand at some spoofing of their own.”

KEEP A POCKET IN YOUR POEM: Classic Poems and Playful Parodies

WordSong, an imprint of Highlights

Written and selected by J. Patrick Lewis * Illustrated by Johanna Wright * March 2017 * 978-1-59078-921-6 * $17.95 U.S. * $23.50 CAN * Ages 5 - 10 * Grades K - 5 * Features poems by: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers; Emily Dickinson; Robert Frost; Rose Fyleman; A. E. Housman; Langston Hughes; Issa; David McCord; Jack Prelutsky; Carl Sandburg; Robert Louis Stevenson; Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

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