THE BUG IN TEACHER'S COFFEE by Kalli Dakos

THE BUG IN TEACHER'S COFFEE

and Other School Poems
Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

PLB 0-06-027940-0 Dakos’s collection of 23 poems from the perspective of items found at school satisfies the I Can Read requirements of simplicity and word repetition, but may not lure beginning readers back for a second time. The material is uninspiring: The school’s front door says, “Keep me shut,/I have the flu,/Achooooooooo!/Achooooooooo!/Achooooooooo!/Achooooooooo!/Keep me shut,/I have the flu.” A book sings “Happy Birthday” to a ruler, then sings “Happy Unbirthday” when the ruler says that it is not its birthday. Also appearing are a couple of clever items—one on a kidnapped pencil and another on a comb pulling hazardous duty—along with some typographic elements that amiably convey the idea that words are malleable; Reed’s illustrations possess geniality and character, making some inanimate objects very personable. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 31st, 1999
ISBN: 0-06-027939-7
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1999