Lee Bennet Hopkins, noted anthologist and educator, has collected a group of witty and whimsical poems that celebrate the joy of reading. Karla Kuskin, Jack Prelutsky, and Arnold Lobel are just a few of the acclaimed children's book authors whose poems are joined into this delightful ode to the world of words. Wonderfully wacky illustrations by Harvey Stevenson help make this a rollicking good book––and a rollicking good time.
"Deftly depicts a sense of delight and wonder in everyday experience." -- -- Publishers Weekly
"The title says it all -- Good Rhymes, Good Times." -- -- School Library Journal
FFrom Publishers Weekly
This joyous collection of 21 original poems, written between the early '70s and the present, deftly depicts a sense of delight and wonder in everyday experience. Hopkins brings freshness and immediacy to his subjects, whether a loose tooth, the city in the hush of snowfall, or summer fruits ("No matter/ how/ hot-burning/ it/ is/ outside/ when/ you...cut deep/ into/ a/ fresh, ripe watermelon/ coolness/ comes/ into/your/hands"). Lessac's (Caribbean Alphabet) energetic illustrations boldly enhance the text; painted in primary hues, their compelling, naive quality seems both childlike and folkloric. Brush stroke dabs suggest, alternately, raindrops scattering from clouds, sparks from a fire, or blades of grass in a park. While the compositions as a whole are clean and simple, intricate patterns decorate quilts and drapes, plates and packaging. The bright spontaneity of the art pulls the reader into a cheerful city milieu captured throughout the seasons, a world that is matter-of-factly multicultural. An uncluttered layout offers plenty of white space, allowing the luxury of lingering over a page and truly savoring each poem. Ages 4-7. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 4?Here, prolific anthologist Hopkins has gathered 21 of his own lighthearted poems, many of which have been published elsewhere, into an engaging collection that captures the wonder and exuberance of childhood. The simple verses express childlike sentiments on a variety of subjects, from pets to favorite pastimes, from the awesomeness of thunderstorms to the quiet magic of the seasons. Lessac's vibrant, primitive paintings, many of which depict urban life, are equally childlike and enormously appealing. Attractive design with spacious layout on large pages guarantees a wide audience. The title says it all?Good Rhymes, Good Times.?Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 3^-7. Well-known anthologist Hopkins has collected 21 of his own children's poems published over the years. Rooted in the small events of a child's day, from jiggling a loose tooth to cuddling a pet, the poems are very simple, usually no more than one or two words to a line, with some affectionate wordplay and "good rhymes." Lessac's brilliantly colored illustrations in folk-art style set the poems in a vital multicultural city neighborhood. Hazel Rochman--T