Title: Tomie’s Little Book of PoemsTomie's Little Book of Poems
Author: Various
Illustrator: Tomie DePaola
Pages: 34
Recommended Ages: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★★

Remember my reviews of 26 Fairmount Avenue and On My Way? Well, this book was compiled by the same author, apparently as a collection of poems that belonged to the main character of both those books.

Filled with retro illustrations, the book features poems about the things children enjoy and celebrate – piles of autumn leaves, playing in water, and secret places.

One poem is about a little girl whose brother dresses up like a ghost. An illustration is included of a boy with a sheet draped over his body (it’s obvious that it’s a disguise). Probably the only other poem that might bother parents is one that I as a young adult with no younger siblings found to be hilarious.

Some Things Don’t Make Any Sense at All
– Judith Viorst

My mom says I’m her sugarplum.
My mom says I’m her lamb.
My mom says I’m completely perfect
Just the way I am.
My mom says I’m a super-special wonderful terrific little guy.
My mom just had another baby.


Conclusion. I probably enjoyed this book more because I had read Tomie DePaola’s other books and recognized his illustration style. Kids would probably enjoy A Child’s Garden of Verses more.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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