Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It by Gail Carson Levine
False Apology Poems

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Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems has two clear audiences: Williams devotees, and more broadly, children who are interested in playing games with language — both the game that is poetry and the more complicated game of sarcasm and etiquette and relationship-management.
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This Is Just to Say

If you’re looking for a nice happy book

put this one down and run away quickly

Forgive me sweetness and good cheer are boring

Inspired by William Carlos Williams’s famous poem ”This Is Just to Say,” Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine delivers a wickedly funny collection of her own false apology poems, imagining how tricksters really feel about the mischief they make. Matthew Cordell’s clever and playful line art lightheartedly captures the spirit of the poetry. This is the perfect book for anyone who’s ever apologized . . . and not really meant it.

 

About Gail Carson Levine

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Gail Carson Levine is the author of the Newbery Honor Book Ella Enchanted; New York Times bestsellers Ever and Fairest; ALA Notable Book Dave at Night; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; A Tale of Two Castles; the six Princess Tales books; the nonfiction book Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly; and the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie. She grew up in New York City and now lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State. You can visit her online at www.gailcarsonlevine.com and www.gailcarsonlevine.blogspot.com.
 
Published August 27, 2013 by HarperCollins. 80 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Jason Jones on Mar 22 2012

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems has two clear audiences: Williams devotees, and more broadly, children who are interested in playing games with language — both the game that is poetry and the more complicated game of sarcasm and etiquette and relationship-management.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Terry Shannon on Mar 30 2012

That mean but funny spirit inspired author Gail Carson Levine to pen this series of her own "false apology poems," which are augmented to great effect by the outrageously expressive illustrations of Matthew Cordell.

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Good
Reviewed by MaryAnn Scheuer on Apr 09 2012

This collection is perfect for 3rd and 4th graders who know these stories and can appreciate the twisted perspectives - the unappreciated cow taking revenge on Jack.

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