Friday, March 20, 2009

Poetry Friday: Sneak Peek

J. Patrick Lewis generously shared the galleys of his new collection of riddle poems, illustrated with (pardon the gushing) precious illustrations by Lynn Munsinger. This fall collection (Chronicle Books), titled SPOT THE PLOT: A RIDDLE BOOK OF BOOK RIDDLES, contains thirteen riddle-poems whose answers are children's book titles!!!

Pat gave us permission to share with you one of the poems from this new collection. While Rapunzel's and Pinocchio's poems are probably my favorites, I'll share one from a more recent children's book:

Dear Mr. Farmer,

The letter we're typing
goes under GRIPING!
This barn is too cold,
not climate-controlled.
If we have to shiver,
we don't deliver.
No bedding, no butter.
No blankets, no udder.

Stop the madness.
End the battle.

Sincerely yours,
The Cattle

The round up today is at Wild Rose Reader.


  1. Too funny. Thanks.

  2. "No bedding, no butter.
    No blankets, no udder."

    LOL that is brilliant. What a clever idea to make the riddles about children's books. The kids are going to love this!

  3. I absolutely adore these books -- so much fun to read aloud. I still remember my sister's hearty belly laugh at seven as we read these. Good times.

  4. Too cool! Can't wait to see it. How fun will THAT be?!

  5. Love it! Can't wait for the book to come out.

  6. Hilarious! Must get the book, my kids will love it.

  7. How clever is this!

    What are the rest of us to do...he gets all the best ideas--first!

  8. That's just plain old clever. Looking forward to the other riddles!


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