Moon, Have You Met My Mother? by Karla Kuskin

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Write about a radish
Too many people write about the moon.

The night is black
The stars are small and high
The clock unwinds its ever-ticking tune
Hills gleam dimly
Distant nighthawks cry.
A radish rises in the waiting sky.

This long-awaited, comprehensive collection by acclaimed poet Karla Kuskin contains her most celebrated poems as well as new works never before published. Whether she's writing about napping cats, reaches of beaches, or radishes as beautiful as the moon, Moon, Have You Met My Mother? amuses while it inspires.


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Karla Kuskin was born in Manhattan on July 17, 1932. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Yale University in 1955. Her first book, Roar and More (1956), was the result of her senior graphic-arts project, for which she had to design and print a book on a small press. She was the author or illustrator of more than 50 children's books during her lifetime including In the Middle of the Trees (1958); The Rose on My Cake (1964); The Philharmonic Gets Dressed (1982); The Dallas Titans Get Ready for Bed (1986); Jerusalem, Shining Still (1987); City Dog (1994); The Upstairs Cat (1997); Moon, Have You Met My Mother? (2003); and Traces (2008). She died of cortical basal ganglionic degeneration on August 20, 2009 at the age of 77. Sergio Ruzzier is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including "Amadina, The Room of Wonders", and "The Little Giant. "He has created comic strips for Italian magazines "Linus" and "Lupo Alberto Magazine. "He has also done work for in many national and international magazines and book publishers. His work has been awarded by American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, The Society of Publication Designers, and Parents' Choice. He lives in New York. Visit him at
Published February 18, 2003 by HarperColl. 336 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When she is at her best, she can form, very simply, an image that will allow a reader to see what is being described in new ways: “There is a bed / inside my head / and when the day is long / I curl within / my outside skin / and sing myself a song.” Unfortunately, the encyclopedic nature of this...

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New works share space with fans' dog-eared favorites, such as the sad tale of Charlie and the cat who goes missing ""when they were neither here not there,/ stopping for gas/ along the road in Maine,"" or her advice to ""Write about a radish/ Too many people write about the moon."" Her humor...

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