Please Bury Me in the Library

Hardcover | March 11, 2005

byJ. Patrick LewisIllustratorKyle M. Stone

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There's nothing like curling up with a good book, but you have to be careful. Before you know it, a minute turns into an hour, an hour turns into a day, and a day may turn into . . . eternity.Inspired by the likes of Edward Lear, X. J. Kennedy, and Lewis Carroll, the author of Arithme-Tickle and Scien-Trickery has created a collection of original poems about books and reading that range from sweet to silly to laugh-out-loud funny. Newcomer Kyle M. Stone's clever, witty, and endearing paintings make this the perfect treat for book lovers of all ages.

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There's nothing like curling up with a good book, but you have to be careful. Before you know it, a minute turns into an hour, an hour turns into a day, and a day may turn into . . . eternity.Inspired by the likes of Edward Lear, X. J. Kennedy, and Lewis Carroll, the author of Arithme-Tickle and Scien-Trickery has created a collection ...

J. Patrick Lewis has authored more than fifty books of poetry for children. In 2011, he was named the Children's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation and was given the NCTE Excellence in Children's Poetry Award. He lives in Westerville, Ohio.Visit his website at www.jpatricklewis.com. KYLE M. STONE is the illustrator of Ple...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10.82 × 8.48 × 0.37 inPublished:March 11, 2005Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0152163875

ISBN - 13:9780152163877

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Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. This homage to reading salutes all the essential elements: letters, words, books. Lewis' poetry is continually clever, whether pithily summing up children's classics (a book that is excitedly read by a kid of 6 to another kid of 63) or capturing the thrill of reading in the dark. There are laughs in a poem called "What If Books Had Different Names?" that posits such titles as Goodnight Noon and Green Eggs and Spam as well as slightly more serious thoughts in the title poem. Despite the picture-book format, it will take children older than the preschool crowd to appreciate the wordplay, which on occasion is quite sophisticated (Lewis credits Lear, Carroll, and X. J Kennedy as his inspirations). The acrylic and mixed-media artwork (see cover, this issue) adds whimsy to the words. Case in point, a bibbed lamb eating the Dr. Seuss special. Ilene Cooper