Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Hallowilloween: Nefarious Silliness
Brown, Calef. 2010. HALLOWILLOWEEN: NEFARIOUS SILLINESS. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 9780547215402 [Suggested Grade Levels K-5]
This is classic Calef with his usual interplay of wordplay and artplay in this fun collection of poems perfect for Halloween and beyond. His clever use of point of view and relentless rhyme create irresistible poem portraits about mummies, witches, and “vumpires.” Stylized, full-color art creates the perfect stage for his poems, full of details kids will notice and enjoy. The fourteen poems that include “The Poltergeyser” and “The Vumpire,” for example, are full of puns and clever coining of words. Read these all aloud together; the humor is completely infectious.
These poems lend themselves to participatory reading aloud, from rapping to chanting. In addition, young people will enjoy examining the illustrations closely for all the clever details Brown incorporates. He particularly enjoys creating poetic cartoon portraits and young readers may enjoy imitating his style to draw, paint, or cartoon their own portraits.
Other books of poetry by Calef Brown:
POLABATS AND OCTOPUS SLACKS. ISBN 9780618111299
DUTCH SNEAKERS AND FLEA KEEPERS. ISBN 9780547237510
FLAMINGOS ON THE ROOF. ISBN 9780618562985
SOUP FOR BREAKFAST. ISBN 9780618916412
By Sylvia M. Vardell