Make Magic! Do Good! by Dallas Clayton

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From an exciting new face in children’s literature, Dallas Clayton, comes a book of illustrated poems full of wisdom, wonder, and whimsy. A boy with a beard tries to stay six forever. A frightful monster lives a million miles away, but is equally scared of you. A magic rope hangs from the sky, next to a sign saying "Give me a try." In this brightly illustrated selection of playful, often provocative poems, ideas run the gamut from stopping your lightning-fast running to help others keep up, imagining a store that sells colors never before made, or admitting you’ll never know all the answers (and sleeping better at night). Following the runaway success of his self-published debut, Dallas Clayton’s quirky, captivating collection makes it clear that this rising talent, whose work has evoked comparisons to Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, and Shel Silverstein, exudes a spirit and style all his own.

About Dallas Clayton

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My name is Dallas Clayton. I write kids' books. The first one is called An Awesome Book! It's about dreaming big. When I was a kid I dreamed about traveling around the world meeting new people every day, having amazing experiences, and sharing the stories from those experiences with other new people. That's pretty much what I do now. When I am not doing that I am probably writing, drawing, having my mind blown by my seven-year-old child, or jumping into a large body of water. If you have a large body of water you want me to jump into, a school I should visit, or something else awesome I should know of, or if you just want to talk, you should check out my website and email me. I love strangers.
Published April 23, 2013 by Candlewick. 112 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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/ And second place will do just fine / in a race to hug a porcupine”—or whose lessons are slightly muted, as in “Butterfly”: “If you find a caterpillar / and you keep it in a jar, / just think of how your life would be / if you weren’t where you are, / if someone put you in a bowl / or in a tiny ...

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To get a sense of the tone of this poetry collection from Clayton (An Awesome Book!), look no further than the illustration note on the copyright page, which says the artwork was "done in two parts positive vibes and three parts watercolor rainbow sprinkles."

Dec 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Make Magic! Do Good!


The book is best summed up by the book jacket summary: I wrote this book to remind you that you’re magic.

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I resist efforts to be told to be good through poetry, and I don’t think that kids get much out of being lectured to, in poetry or prose.

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