THE GOOCH MACHINE by Brod Bagert

THE GOOCH MACHINE

Poems for Children to Perform
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Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 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! Carnivores!/We eat meat!/Herbivores! Herbivores!/Plants taste sweet!''--doesn't alter lesser, more pedestrian fare; next to books such as Jean Marzollo's Pretend You're A Cat (1990), the acting-out potential seems indirect at best. (Poetry. 7-9)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 1-56397-294-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Wordsong/Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1997




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