SOMETHING ON MY MIND by Nikki Grimes

SOMETHING ON MY MIND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Grimes' short, eminently accessible poems about everyday feelings and everyday activities (hanging out, being cool, waiting) never strain for effect, but they never say anything out of the ordinary either; and her sympathetic approach is sometimes just sentimental. One poem ends, ""The only thing that's better/ is Mama's kiss and hug""; and another whole poem reads, Pretty./ That's what Daddy says I am/ whenever he comes/ to get me./ I love him and I'm glad/ he's gonna come today./ Oh, I wish he'd hurry up!"" Feelings' soft black-and-white illustrations provide pleasing, sensitive accompaniment--but if modesty is a chief virtue in both text and pictures, the advantage is lost in the inflated (10fl x 10fl) format that makes them look pretentious (which they're not) and skimpy (which they needn't be).

Pub Date: June 9th, 1978
Publisher: Dial