GIANT CHILDREN by Brod Bagert

GIANT CHILDREN

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

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. Each poem recognizes the ordinary and bizarre events that children experience with rhythmic references to the frustration and anger at a no-show tooth fairy, the pain from a scratch on the knee, and the fear of school performances, this work in verse captures the emotions, reactions, and imaginations of a child. While some poems are devious (Booger Love) and some are motivating (Bad Words: “I can’t”), all are true-to-life and sure to please. Arnold’s (More Parts, 2001, etc.) trademark characters are Simpsons-like, with large heads, bulging eyes, and square pants. Each image is a perfect companion for the text and helps emphasize the humor. The art is a bright, watercolor wash accentuated with small whimsical squiggles from colored pencils creating a pattern that gives visual texture. Both the poetry and the artwork conspire to make this piece enormously entertaining and rich with wicked humor. (Poetry. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-8037-2556-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2002




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