Chuckle Poems for Kids by Cookie Combs

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While Chuckle Poems for Kids was written for ages 3 – 12, it is a collection of humorous poems that appeals to “kids” of all ages. Each poem is illustrated either with pen and colored pencil or with graphite alone. The poems are especially effective when shared with an other adult such as a teacher, parent or grandparent.

NOTE: All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to four charities: Smile Train, Habitat for Humanity, World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy.

“From the first poem 'Invasion,' an ode to dust bunnies, Combs makes it refreshingly clear that rhythm and language trump solemn moralizing in this children’s book. This is a lesson in itself since Combs’ playfulness as a poet makes the English language fun rather than something for children to fear. Every poem, from 'The Barnyard Ballet,' in which 'Pigs wore pink tutus / And cows donned blue gowns, / Leaping from barns, / Pirouetting though towns,' to 'A Rare Pair' ('There was an umbrella / Who was an odd fella; / It just didn’t work like the rest') have an easy cadence and engaging musicality accessible to readers both young and old. The simple graphite and pen-and-colored-pencil pictures present a whimsical context for the delightful words. Indeed, the Dr. Seuss-like wonder and enchantment that shines throughout makes the reader only want more of this author’s original vision. A work of unbridled joy sweetly rendered with a lot of heart.” – From a review by Kirkus Indie
 

About Cookie Combs

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Cookie Combs finds the poetic, rhyming, rhythmic literature for young people today both fascinating and stimulating. She creates poetry from a child's imaginative perspective and sense of humor. Illustrating her work for children has been a source of enjoyment, enlarging the impact of her written word. She especially likes drawing with pen, brush and ink (as in Crocodilly); pen and colored pencil (as in The Problem With Giants and Bruce The Moose); and graphite alone (as in The Bear Next To Me and Triangle Talent).Cookie's music background and training in oral interpretation serve as a foundation for composing rhythmic poems. Besides teaching piano, Craft of Writing, Short Story and Speech, she is a choir director and professional pianist having a Master's Degree in Music Performance with a concentration in piano.She began teaching piano at age twelve and through her childhood love of reading and the years of contact with her students and their books, she has gained an appreciation for a child's point of view. Ms. Combs has taught in colleges, high schools and Sunday schools as well as privately.To Cookie, words hold great promise. She does not like to “talk down” to children and wants them to get acquainted with their dictionaries, knowing they'll find much treasure in them. Although she has been a teacher in several fields since she was very young, she has always loved ETYMOLOGY.Cookie has lived in Michigan, Idaho, Alaska, California and currently lives in Washington state where she has studied art and participated in several critique groups for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
 
Published November 11, 2010 by Cookie Combs Publications. 132 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Every poem, from “The Barnyard Ballet,” in which “Pigs wore pink tutus / And cows donned blue gowns, / Leaping from barns, / Pirouetting though towns,” to “A Rare Pair” (“There was an umbrella / Who was an odd fella;

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