THUNDERBOOM! by Charlotte Pomerantz

THUNDERBOOM!

Poems for Everyone
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Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The subtitle implies the essential weakness of this poetry collection. The varied verses within may well offer one or two poems that please individual readers, but are unlikely as a group to find an appreciative audience. As in many earlier works, Pomerantz’s writing reveals a global outlook. In the title poem, for example, readers learn the word for thunder in 10 different languages. Literary connections ground several works: A brief limerick alludes to the work of James Joyce; a longer poem honors Margaret Wise Brown. Other poems focus on the joys of going barefoot, celebrating Passover and a dialogue between Jonah and the whale. Shepperson’s pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations add humor, charm and a sense of coherence to the collection (for example, the “drowsy bumbling bumblebee” pictured snoozing in a pink flower shows up again pages later in the portrait of a just-engaged mole and vole). Despite their appeal and the undeniable quality of the writing, however, the publisher’s description of this as a “ragtag, boodlebag of poems” remains unfortunately apt. (Poetry. 8-12)

Pub Date: March 31st, 2006
ISBN: 1-932425-40-3
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Front Street/Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2006




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