May 19, 2014

Outside the Box


Outside the Box 

Karma Wilson

Margaret K. McElderry Books


This laugh-out-loud poetry collaboration from a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling author and a Caldecott Honor illustrator is anything but ordinary.

Dive in to Karma Wilson's latest collection of more than 100 poems: some humorous, some poignant, and all of them Outside the Box. Illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Diane Goode, Outside the Box has something for everyone. Appealing to kids and parents alike, poems such as Sick Day, My Pet Robot, Balloonaphobia, and Aliens Under My Bed are sure to delight and entertain.


Shel Silverstein, who died in 1999, was the beloved children's writer, illustrator, poet, songwriter and playwright whose "The Giving Tree" and "Where the Sidewalk Ends" touched millions of readers. There is still a spark of light in the attic.

Author Karma Wilson's book, Outside of the Box, has the same familiar black-and-white illustrations and crazy rhymes that will turn the heads of the most poetry-averse children as Shel Silverstein's poems had for decades. All poems are silly and left my belly aching from laughter. The poems are great either read aloud or alone with its wide range of subjects. It's a great start for any reluctant reader! 

A few of my favorites: 

I'm citizen of he month.
I get an award today.
My mom will be so proud! 
"That's my son!" she'll say.

I'm citizen of the month. 
That's how smart I've been. 
I only have one question. 
What's a citizen?

You're No Lady

The ladybug said,
"You're so dreadfully rude.
Stop calling me lady.
Please. I'm a dude!"

"There's a great myth about cartoonists, writers and people that are on TV. People are always giving you credit for really wanting to say more than you said. People say, 'Boy, when you were on TV, I bet you really could have said a lot if they'd have let you,' or 'Gee, I'd like to see the cartoons that the magazine doesn't print.' This is bullshit. What you've got to say, you say. It's always a nice feeling, having people think that you feel things much deeper than you're allowed to say, but this isn't true. If you want to find out what a writer or a cartoonist really feels, look at his work. That's enough."

–Shel Silverstein, 1963

 Rating: 4/5

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