SHIVER ME TIMBERS!
Strap on your eye patch and head to your nearest bookstore!
Douglas Florian has a new book!
And it's one you are definitely going to want to own!
It's got a little, ok actually a lot, of humor! Take the poem "Pirates Meet," for example:
On Monday we had haddockIt's got lots of interesting and unusual words, put together in ways that make them fun to roll around in your mouth and your brain.
On Tuesday tuna fish.
We dined on weakfish Wednesday.
Shark, our Thursday dish.
On Friday we had flounder.
Saturday ate fluke
If we had fish for one more day
Me thinks that I will puke.
"Names for Pirates"
"Pirates, picaroons, buccaneersAnd then, as you might expect in a book by Doug Florian; there's lots of language play. In the poem, "Pyrates" for example, Florian plays with "rrr."
Freebooters, filibusters, privateers,
Raiders, rovers, salt sea-robbers
Avast ye lily-livered landlubbers!"
ARRR!!Perfect for reading and enjoying, but also for teaching concepts like alliteration and repetition.
…We call our ship a man o' warrr!
We sail to ports both near and farrr!
If you are a Florian follower, you know that he usually does his own collage illustrations. SHIVER ME TIMBERS! is illustrated by Robert Neubecker, who is best known, at least in the world of children's books, for books like WOW! SCHOOL! and WOW! CITY! I always love Florian's collages, but the Neubecker's art works really well with the pirate theme.
I'd walk the plank, eat hardtack for a week, or battle the fiercest buccaneer for this one!
Laura Salas is hosting Poetry Friday this week.