Wonder and Whimsy Poems for Kids by Cookie Combs

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Wonder and Whimsy Poems for Kids, written for ages 3 – 12, contains longer tales of whimsical children's thoughts and experiences plus numerous illustrations in either brush, pen and colored pencil or with graphite alone to enhance the poem's meaning. The poems are especially effective when shared with an adult such as a teacher, parent or grandparent.

“The best children's book of 2010” – Kirkus Indie

“A collection of six illustrated poems by teacher and musician Combs.

“The book transforms common childhood experiences and life lessons into whimsical adventures. 'The Bear Next to Me' restores order to a frightened young girl who is surprised in the night by what she thinks is a bear. 'Where the Tooth Bumps Go' explains the texture of newly cut adult teeth ('The tooth fairy’s partner / has a degree / In the fine art / of Bumpology') and also shows what a pickle has in common with a brown toad. Combs offers a few twists when she champions the kids who don’t think the great outdoors are so great in 'Not Everyone Likes To Go To Camp' and addresses 'The Problem with Giants' for young feminists who would like to see more lady giants in stories.

“In constructing her poetry, Combs puts her master’s degree in music performance to good use. With a galloping rhythm that’s reminiscent of “Paul Revere’s Ride,” the poetry practically sings. 'What’s a Diddle?' is light on its feet in pursuit of mysterious pranksters: 'If checkers / are jumping / and game boards / are thumping, / You / might / shoo / rude diddles outdoors!'

The illustrations combine brush, pen, ink, colored pencil and graphite in a style that could be tacked to a board in an elementary school classroom. Largely black and white, the occasional splash of color added to the illustrations gives the pictures an unfinished look, like a neglected coloring book, most noticeably in 'Not Everyone Likes to Go to Camp.' The gadgets and flying machines in 'What’s a Diddle?' are nicely detailed, as are the giants in 'The Problem with Giants.' The best illustrations feature a silly crocodile named 'Crocodilly' who poses for photos in a variety of costumes and exotic locations where the pictures push the narrative beyond the text.

“The poetry shines in this collection that’s both imaginative and fun to read aloud.”

– From a Kirkus Indie Review

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 December 6, 2010 by Cookie Combs Publications. 130 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A collection of six illustrated poems by teacher and musician Combs.

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