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Cornflakes : poems
Stevenson, James, 1929-2017.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
47 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
A collection of short poems with such titles as "I Can't Move Mountains, " "Junkyard, " and "Greenhouse in March."
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.1 3 Quiz: 22799 Guided reading level: NR.
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Author Notes

James Stevenson was born in Manhattan, New York on July 11, 1929. He graduated from Yale University. He was a reporter from Life magazine before being hired by The New Yorker in 1956. He drew 1,988 cartoons, 79 covers, and wrote and illustrated articles including Talk of the Town pieces for the magazine. He also drew editorial cartoons for The New York Times and in 2004 began an occasional series for the Op-Ed page entitled Lost and Found New York, which looked back on people and places of the past.

He wrote and/or illustrated more than 100 children's books including Don't You Know There's a War On, The Worst Person in the World, Higher on the Door, The Mud Flat Olympics, Yard Sale, The Mud Flat Mystery, What's Under My Bed, That Terrible Halloween Night, and Worse Than Willy. In 1987, he won the Caldecott Honor for When I Was Nine. He also wrote novels and an illustrated biography of Frank Modell, a fellow New Yorker cartoonist. He died of pneumonia on February 17, 2017 at the age of 87.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. In the same format as Sweet Corn (1995), Popcorn (1998), and Candy Corn (1999), Stevenson presents another eclectic collection of very short verse brightened with ink-and-watercolor illustrations. Unrhymed and just as accessible to adults as to children (well, occasionally more accessible to adults), each verse makes its point with little fuss. The best offer an "aha!" moment--imaginative observation of the human experience. Much of the pleasure of reading this little volume comes from the clean lines and clear colors of the illustrations, and the experience is heightened by the generous use of white space. Not the strongest book in the series, perhaps, but still a pleasure. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Following Popcorn, Sweet Corn and Candy Corn comes another collection of poems with snap, crackle and plenty of pop appeal. Stevenson once again disarms readers with his choice of subjects, his offhand ink-and-watercolor art and his wryly comic verse offering sharp new takes on objects or actions so familiar that they usually escape notice altogether. The opener, for example, "The Ascent at the Diner," pictures a cheeseburger on a paper plate, its bun secured with a frilly toothpick; the text imagines that "Somebody small and brave" has scaled the cheeseburger "And on the summit proudly stuck/ The small blue flag of Cellophane." Nothing is too lowly to be invested with charm: "My wastebasket/ Says yes to everything./ Not bad! Quite good!/ Oh, excellent!/ Are you sure/ You don't want that back?" Even apparent throwaway remarks make readers stop and think, as in the two-page two-liner "The Basket Man": "Every day the basket man puts all his baskets out./ Every night the basket man puts all his baskets in." The left page depicts a storefront festooned with baskets; the right page shows the bare storefront after hours--the "basket man" is notable for his absence in the art, prompting a quiet revelation about the power of the imagination (the author's as well as the audience's) to people a scene. Crammed with surprises and happy bursts of recognition, this volume will invigorate kids' abilities to observe and enjoy the world around them. Ages 8-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 6-Stevenson's fourth "corny" collection features the same innovative design elements and everyday subjects that made its predecessors so appealing, and the poet's same remarkable ability to offer new insights on otherwise mundane matters. The fresh, often unusual perspectives encourage observant readers to look around their own world with new eyes. "IT'S GARBAGE DAY IN THE CITY./THE BAGS SIT ON THE SIDEWALK,/DRESSED IN BLACK,/WEARING BOW TIES,/READY FOR THE OPERA." The artist's characteristic sketchy pen-and-watercolor illustrations capture the essence of the verses. The creative design and varying typefaces convey the mood, action, or feeling of each poem. The visual and verbal elements play off one another, both reflecting the wonderful sense of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. A must for fans of Stevenson's delightful work.-Robin L. Gibson, Muskingum County Library System, Zanesville, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Salt and Pepper, U.S.A.
The Ascent at the Dinerp. 6
Little Leaguep. 8
Mr. Belfont's Patientsp. 10
Paint Boxp. 13
Junkyardp. 14
Paperwhite Narcissusp. 15
Februaryp. 16
My Wastebasketp. 18
Hard Workersp. 19
Neighborsp. 21
Factoryp. 22
The Bent Old Womanp. 24
Greenhouse in Marchp. 26
I Can't Move Mountainsp. 27
Have a Seatp. 28
Garbage Bagsp. 30
The Basket Manp. 32
Match-upp. 34
Guitarsp. 36
Meadowp. 38
Feeding Timep. 40
Advicep. 41
Transportationp. 42
Menup. 45
Weather Reportp. 46