Fewer selections (32 vs. 38), shorter verses, full-color illustrations, and an absence of the serious poems of If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand (1990) gear Dakos's collection to a younger audience than her earlier work. The poems are energetic, upbeat, and have a humorous slant on the trials and triumphs of the primary years. Perhaps the titles tell all: ""Mrs. Wren Lost Her Glasses Again,"" ""The Day Before I Wear the Birthday Crown All Day in School,"" ""Muddy Recess,"" ""Elemenopee,"" ""I Lost My Tooth in My Doughnut,"" ""My Project's in the Toilet,"" ""There's Something in My Book Bag, and It's Slimy."" The poems are varied in form -- some have regular meters and rhyme schemes, while others are written in free verse. Many of them make use of repetition, so they will be easy for early readers to enjoy, memorize, and recite. With artwork as kinetic and multicolored as the graphics on ""Nickelodeon,"" this volume will appeal to those who appreciate the anything-can-happen environment of Miss Nelson's classroom or the Magic School Bus.