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Riddle-lightful : oodles of little riddle-poems
Lewis, J. Patrick.
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New York : Knopf, [1998]

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1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
A collection of thirty-two poetic riddles, describing such things as a moose, a camera, a tornado, and the letter "B".
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PN6371.5 .L48 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PN6371.5 .L48 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A collection of thirty-two poetic riddles, describing such things as a moose, a camera, a tornado, and the letter B.

Author Notes

J. Patrick Lewis was born on May 5, 1942. He is a poet and prose writer who is known for his children's poems. He worked as a professor of economics before devoting himself full-time to writing in 1998. He is the author of 90 children's books including: BoshBlobberBosh, Please Bury Me in the Library, A Hippopotamusn't, First Dog, Spot the Plot, The House, and The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. In 2014, his title Voices from the March on Washington, made the Hot Civil Rights Titles List.

He has received many awards from the American Library Association, The Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Claudia Lewis Award from The Bank Street School and others. He also received the 2010-11 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Children's Poetry Award. He was also named the third, U.S. Children's Poet Laureate for 2011-2013 by the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Lightheartedly tucked within the multicolored, pen-and-ink-and-watercolor paintings are clues to solve some rhyming riddles culled from kids' experiences. With their wispy wings flapping and their bows flying, a string orchestra of bees makes music in the beehive riddle. Watchful readers will spy the bees' stingers serving as music stands--an example of the playful visual humor that abounds on the pages. Firefighters dousing a fire-breathing, five-alarm, chili-eating dragon strongly hint at the resolution to the fire truck riddle. Some of the word puzzles, specifically the one about the hot-air balloon and the letter B, are more challenging than others. All have their answers printed upside down and backward at the bottom of the page and promise laughs and fun for young puzzle solvers. --Ellen Mandel

Publisher's Weekly Review

This follow-up to Riddle-icious offers another humorous collection of simple riddles with clues that swing from cinches to head-scratchers. Tilley illustrates each of Lewis's 32 succinct riddles using familiar objects and scenes (a barber shop, bathtub, symphony, school bus), though some of her depictions are more successfully integrated than others. "First you focus then you squeeze to snap a shot of a ham and... CHEESE!!" introduces the picture of a smiling cow and pig posing dead center in the viewfinder, offering a readily visible answer ("camera"). Another more sophisticated puzzle asserts, "The seven strings above my head/ Can wake me up, put me to bed," while two flies on strings pulled by a hovering spider dance onstage. The text might make it clear that "marionette" is the answer, but it will take more experienced riddlers to recognize the subtle play on flies as puppets on the spider's webbed strings. Overall, the illustrations are inventive: a floating upside-down pear pulling a basket of fruit depicts a "hot-air balloon"; a pig flying over a sports field acts as a "football." Readers hold up the word (or words), written at the bottom of each page, to a mirror for the answer. Young wits will congratulate themselves when they figure out the answers to these clever brainteasers. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved