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The bookworm's feast : a potluck of poems
Lewis, J. Patrick.
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First edition.
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New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [1999]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
A collection of poems on a variety of topics organized according to the courses of a meal.
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This deliciously jubilant potluck of poetry invites children to dig right in--a most memorable "meal" for eager bookworms. Full color.

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

With an irreverence suggestive of Ogden Nash and the silliness of Jack Prelutsky, Lewis and O'Brien whip up a whimsical confection of poems and drawings in a format just as enjoyable as the poems themselves. A "Gentleman Bookworm" invites his friends to a feast of " `ridiculous rhyme!/ But might I suggest?'/ Said the host to the guest,/ `Chew them slowly. One line at a time!' " Arrayed in chapters called "Appetizers," "Sherbets" and so on, the nonsense verses will keep young readers happily munching all the way to "Delectable Desserts." As varied in form as limericks and autograph verses, only some of Lewis's (A Hippopotamusn't) poems deal with eating (to wit, "In Oneida, New York,/ Live a Knife and a Fork/ And a pip of a Tablespoon.../ the Tablespoon gallops/ Around with the scallops,/ And cries, `Hi-ho, Silver! Away!' "). Other rhymes are sprinkled liberally with advice, as in "What to Wear Where" ("Now that we're living/ It up in Vermont,/ We wear pretty much/ Whatever we want"). As if this linguistically piquant dinner were not enough, O'Brien's (The Reptile Ball) illustrations are simply delicious. Clever and funny, his exuberantly cross-hatched pen and watercolor drawings provide humor on every page. Don't forget to sample the cheerful Hippopotamole making "mountains out of molehills," or the postcard frog snagging a stamp with his tongue. A five-star feast. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-A smorgasbord of poetic forms and moods. Arranged in sections like a formal menu ("Appetizers" to "Desserts"), the book contains poems for nearly any taste. There are selections for fans of wordplay, of limerick form, and of valentinelike verse, each accompanied by O'Brien's exuberant pen-and-watercolor drawings. Although all of the offerings may not receive five-star ratings, Lewis's poetic buffet is well worth sampling. Bon app‚tit!-Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.