VOLCANO WAKES UP! by Lisa Westberg Peters

VOLCANO WAKES UP!

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Early one morning, a young volcano wakes up, too sleepy to explode…just yet. But everyone knows the time is coming. The wild ferns unfurl and shake loose. The lava crickets can’t wait for their next meal. And the black road—well, he knows to proceed with caution. Sixteen poems told in alternating viewpoints show a day in the life of this tiny, sizzling spitfire. Like a toddler in a temper tantrum when it finally blows (“Look at me! / I can fling cinders / and ash into the sky. I can / huff and chuff and pour rivers of / lava down my side”), everything around it changes. From clever acrostics to bantering text messages, Peters playfully mixes poetry forms. Add Jenkins’s cottony clouds and molten lava in his signature collage style, and the package makes for one hot topic. It’s a great and apt companion to the poet’s Earthshakes: Poems from the Ground Up, illustrated by Cathie Felstead (2003). Informative endnotes give scientific tidbits, along with Hawaiian pronunciation guides. (further reading) (Poetry/informational picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 30th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8287-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2010




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