MESSING AROUND ON MONKEY BARS by Betsy Franco

MESSING AROUND ON MONKEY BARS

And Other School Poems for Two Voices
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Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A cheeky romp through elementary schoolchildren’s academic and social lives. Though readers could tackle the poems alone, differences in typeface cue the possibility for two readers to share the poems aloud in Joyful Noise fashion, alternating lines and sharing others in a clever script that reflects children’s school-day experiences. Poems cover a variety of topics from losing one’s lunch money to reaching out to a new classmate (“Where did you come from? / Far away. / <\b>Miss your friends? / Every day”) to exasperating a (rather unfortunately stereotypical) stodgy librarian. Hartland’s energetic gouache illustrations adopt a naïve style that matches the playful spirit of the text while serving as a splendid complement to its evocation of children’s voices. This book gets high marks. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3174-1
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2009




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