Thursday, November 20, 2014

Poetry and Imagination

Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems
by J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian
illustrated by Jeremy Holmes
Schwartz & Wade, 2014

As I noted last Wednesday, J. Patrick Lewis' anthology title says it all: "Everything is a Poem." Last Thursday, we looked at science in poetry, Monday we looked at nature in poetry. Tuesday, the focus was on history in poetry, yesterday we took a look at biography in poetry. Today, let's have fun with imagination in poetry.

The subtitle of this book says it all: "Crazy Car Poems."

If that didn't get your attention, check out the co-authors -- J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian. Now you KNOW you're in for some fun, right?

If you're still not sure, here's a bit from the introduction poem, "Introduction:"

"...But someday our fantastic cars
Might look like cool dark chocolate bars,

Banana splits, hot dogs or fish --
Or any kind of ride you wish..."

This book is all kinds of imaginative fun. The plays on words are groan-worthy, and the illustrations are a blast.

Poem-Mobiles was reviewed by Jama at Jama's Alphabet Soup (check out the picture of the Teddy-Go-Cars -- doesn't that make you want to use up some of the leftover Halloween candy making Snickermobiles?)

Becky has the Poetry Friday roundup this week at Tapestry of Words.


  1. I love this poetry book, Mary. It's a winning combination.

  2. Good morning, Mary Lee, and Jama, and everyone! Three cheers for imagination.

  3. My boys would have loved this book when they were little, Mary Lee--they'd probably love it now, as a matter of fact! Thank you so much for sharing this today!

  4. Catching up on a week's worth of your posts, Mary Lee. You're highlighting some wonderful poetry books for 2014 and I think it's great that you're using NF as your framework. Thanks for expanding my horizons!

  5. I love me some plays on words! Groaners and all!

  6. I haven't read the book yet, but it looks good...I'm eager to get hold of a copy!

  7. Me too - haven't seen in person yet, but looking forward to enjoying, as Diane says, "groaners and all."


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