If You Were a Chocolate Mustache by J. Patrick Lewis

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Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis shows how wickedly funny he can be in If You Were a Chocolate Mustache, his definitive collection of humorous poems. With 125 poems in 160 pages, illustrated with side-splitting black-and-white art from rising star Matthew Cordell, this book offers a potpourri of subjects: animals, school, weird things, wacky inventions, foods, computers, and more. Why should you never spit from a roller coaster? (You'll hit yourself.) What are the "Rules for Tightrope Walking Between Tall Buildings"? (Better not laugh and don't look ". . . down at the traf__"!) The poems display a lively range in length (from only a few words to multiple verses) and form (riddles, limericks, nonsense poems, haiku, shape poems, etc.), and all show why Lewis is such a beloved and honored poet. Matthew Cordell's expressive characters and humorous artwork are the perfect complement to the poems.

About J. Patrick Lewis

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J. Patrick Lewis is the 2011 winner of the NCTE Award for Poetry and is the current Children's Poet Laureate. He has written more than sixty books for children and adults, including Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles and Please Bury Me in the Library. He has two other books scheduled: When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders (Chronicle) and The National Geographic Book of Animal Poems (an anthology Lewis edited for National Geographic). He lives in Westerville, Ohio. Matthew Cordell is the author-illustrator of Trouble Gum and Another Brother and the illustrator of Toby and the Snowflake, among many other titles. His black-and-white art has appeared in Gail Carson Levine's poetry collection Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems, Rachel Vail's Justin Case series of books, and Julie Sternberg's Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago.
Published October 1, 2012 by WordSong. 160 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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/ Set the temperature, then shove in / Every brain cell you can find.” And there’s plenty shoved in here, from two-word poems (not including the titles) to 30-liners.

Jul 25 2012 | Read Full Review of If You Were a Chocolate Mustache

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In offbeat poems that include haikus, limericks, riddles, and wordplay of every kind, current children’s poet laureate Lewis offers quirky contemplations, silly vignettes, and improbable events.

Oct 01 2012 | Read Full Review of If You Were a Chocolate Mustache

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