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I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-ups
Contributor(s): Harris, Chris, Smith, Lane (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0316266574     ISBN-13: 9780316266574
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
    OUR PRICE: $18.90  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: September 2017
Annotation: A laugh-out-loud collection of poems blends wit and wordplay with nonsense and oxymoron on misnumbered pages that can only be deciphered by a certain code-cracking poem. Illustrated by the Caldecott Honor-winning artist of The Stinky Cheese Man. 100,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Humorous poetry, American.
Children's poetry, American.
Humorous poetry.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry | Humorous
Dewey: 811/.6
LCCN: 2016005404
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 7.50" W x 1.00" (1.50 lbs) 221 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Chris Harris is a writer and executive producer for How I Met Your Mother and The Great Indoors, and a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman. His pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, ESPN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and on NPR. He was also the author of the anti-travel guide Don't Go Europe! He lives in Los Angeles.

Lane Smith wrote and illustrated Grandpa Green, which was a 2012 Caldecott Honor book, and It's a Book, which has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. His other works include the national bestsellers Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben, the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, Math Curse, and Science Verse, among others. His books have been New York Times Best Illustrated Books on four occasions. In 2012 the Eric Carle Museum named him an Honor Artist for lifelong innovation in the field of children's books, and in 2014 he received the Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement award. Lane and his wife, book designer Molly Leach, live in rural Connecticut.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Harris's impressive debut--containing over one hundred poems, riddles, visual jokes, and nonsense--offers surprising detours and a dazzling variety of forms and subjects, which will keep readers engaged and on their toes. Smith's stylishly silly mixed-media illustrations raise the irreverence to sublime levels. Occasional bickering between poet and illustrator adds another layer of absurdity. This collection rewards repeat visits. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #6)
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- / I took the one less traveled by… / Since then I've been completely lost. / Thanks for nothing, Robert Frost!" Harris's impressive debut collection of over one hundred poems, riddles, visual jokes, and nonsense offers lots of surprising U-turns and detours. The title poem is proof that Harris knows exactly what he's doing, even when claiming he doesn't: "My teacher asked if I could find a word that rhymes with ‘hat.' / ‘It's something that a dog might chase.' / ‘Aha!' I said. ‘A car!'" There's a dazzling variety of forms and subjects, which will keep readers engaged and on their toes. Supported by brilliant page design by Molly Leach (of The Stinky Cheese Man fame, rev. 11/92), Smith's stylishly silly mixed-media illustrations raise the irreverence to sublime levels; many of the poems depend on the accompanying art and/or design to extend meaning and enhance impact. The occasional bickering between poet and illustrator (see the poet's lament, "I Don't Like My Illustrator," and the artist's revenge response) adds another layer of absurdity. Even standard book conventions aren't safe: the appended title index contains a warning about "strange page numbering"; Harris's acknowledgments rank recipients on a "Level of Gratitude" scale (illustrator Smith falls near the bottom--"I DO NOT LOOK LIKE THAT!!!"); and an unconventional "Outdex (of Titles That Did Not Make the Final Cut)" is comedy gold. There's not a dud in the bunch--this is one collection that rewards repeat visits. kitty Flynn Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 July #1)

This debut collection of verse from TV writer/producer Harris hits a poetry trifecta: high energy, rhymes that can rival Cole Porter's ("Nothing is impossible.... Every tooth is flossable"), and a torrent of ideas. Some poems turn on simple wordplay ("The Ice Cream Mondae"); others are surprisingly introspective ("I'm shy on the outside, but inside my head?/ I'm not at all shy—I'm outgoing instead") or appear sappy on the surface, only to catch readers off guard with an ironic swerve. Parodies of nursery rhymes, meta-poetry that builds on earlier poems à la nesting dolls ("Read me the poem that's titled ‘The Poem That's Titled "The Poem That's Titled ‘The Door'?"?'?"), and comments stuck to the pages provide more surprises. Smith's homage to the 1950s aesthetic of artists such as Cliff Roberts is updated with diverse characters and loaded with over-the-top raucousness, and he includes some visual jokes all his own. The whole production is a worthy heir to Silverstein, Seuss, and even Ogden Nash: "If I ever find myself holding a gecko.../ I'll lecko." Ages 6–up. Author's agent: Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 July)

Gr 3–8—Those who claim to hate poetry will enjoy this riotous compilation just as much as those who love the form. Fans of Ogden Nash, Shel Silverstein, and Jack Prelutsky will rejoice in finding another member of their gang. Wordplay abounds: "If ever I find myself holding a gecko…/I'll lecko." Typography is the source of gags, as when the letters "d" and "b" face off for a duel, turn to shoot each other, and fall over dead, having become the letters "p" and "q." And the title poem will have kids howling with laughter as the narrator repeatedly misses the most obvious rhymes: "I'm just no good at rhyming./It makes me feel so bad./I'm just no good at rhyming,/And that's why I am blue." Smith matches Harris's wit with his own zaniness, merging line drawings with printing techniques that add a variety of texture and mood. The interplay between text and illustration provides further delights. VERDICT A surefire winner for reading aloud or for snickering with under the covers. Every library will want to add this to its poetry collection.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.