Books by Brod Bagert

SCHOOL FEVER by Brod Bagert
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"Her attention's all on me'—is buried under a heap of school-related clichés: bad cafeteria food, the wonder of books, the injustice of punishment, too much homework, etc. Ho hum. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A tiresome collection of forced verse follows one young scholar from a reluctant beginning through a school year full of the usual hijinks and out on the other side to summer and the entirely unconvincing assertion that "I'm a kid who loves to know!" Read full book review >
SHOUT! by Brod Bagert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"School-age children might not be engaged, but their younger siblings will want to repeat their favorites over and over. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bagert offers recitation poetry for the very young. Read full book review >
GIANT CHILDREN by Brod Bagert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Both the poetry and the artwork conspire to make this piece enormously entertaining and rich with wicked humor. (Poetry. 4-8)"
Bagert's (Rainbows, Head Lice, and Pea Green Tile, not reviewed, etc.) collection of children's poetry is a devilishly funny lot that connects to situations familiar to all young readers, the ones the classroom hamster believes to be giants. Read full book review >
THE GOOCH MACHINE by Brod Bagert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Jean Marzollo's Pretend You're A Cat (1990), the acting-out potential seems indirect at best. (Poetry. 7-9)"
In these ``Poems for Children to Perform,'' young readers may first elect to scratch their heads: ``Alien Eyes?'' is about looking into another planet's sky; ``The Homework Guarantee'' covers procrastination; and ``Butterfly Fire'' trumpets something about ``the flame of poet-fire/When it burns in children's eyes.'' Budding dramatists can take hints from the chubby-face children who cavort through Ellis's sprawling cartoon scenes; these are usually light in mood, although the image of a man sweating over his taxes is a dismal take on ``Dad's Greatest Fear''—``that someday/I'll grow up just like him.'' Bagert's occasional proficiency, as in ``The Food Cheer''—``Carnivores! Read full book review >
EDGAR ALLAN POE by Brod Bagert
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"The Tell-Tale Heart'' as a deranged Wee Willy Winky. (index) (Poetry. 10+)"
An ambitious but not completely successful entry in the Poetry for Young People series (see Bolin, below). Read full book review >