Falling Hard -Love Poems by Teenagers — author: Betsy Franco
"But what I'll really mean is
are you ready to dive in?
This is not falling,
this is landing."
-- From "Gift" by Portia Carryer, age 16
The poets are straight, gay, lesbian, bi, or transgender. They live next door or across an ocean; they are innocent or experienced; their lyric explorations range from new love to stale love, obsession to ennui, ecstasy to heartbreak, and every nuance in between. Whether the romantic escapades described are touching, comical, or tragic, whether the feelings expressed are tender and sweet or brutal and biting, readers will find the love these young poets openly share to be exquisitely, excruciatingly, endlessly fascinating. Here is a collection to turn to again and again, because life and love keep on changing.
Next I was able to review 12 Rounds to Glory - The Story of Muhammad Ali. This one was completely different than any poetry book I had ever read before. From the cover you are expecting it to be a book written in the usual story form, but once you open the pages you see so much more. It follows through "12 rounds" of Muhammad Ali's life not just in story form, but also in poetry form. I'm not personally a big fan of boxing but I know who Muhammad Ali is and really enjoyed reading this life story in poetry form. It was so much more interesting than just the usual boring set of facts one usually finds with this type of book.
Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali — author: Charles R. Smith Jr.
From the moment a fired-up teenager won 1960 Olympic gold to the day when a retired legend, hands shaking from Parkinson’s, returned to raise the Olympic torch, the boxer known as "The Greatest" waged many a fight. Some were in the ring, against opponents like Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier; others were against societal prejudice and a war he refused to support because of his Islamic faith. The rap-inspired verse weaves and bobs and jabs, while bold collage artwork matches every move--capturing the "Louisville loudmouth with the great gift of rhyme" who shed the name Cassius Clay to take on the world as Muhammad Ali.
"An in-depth look at Ali’s life through twelve rhyming poems. . . . Collier’s bold pictures are among the best of his illustrious career."--BOOKLIST (starred review)
Switching on the Moon -A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems — author: Jane Yolen
illustrator: G. Brian Karas • co-author : Andrew Fusek Peters
From the hoot of an owl to the horns of the city, from children giggling in the bath to the hushed notes of a lullaby, here is an exquisite anthology that captures the universal poetry of bedtime. Expertly gathered by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, these sixty poems range from old favorite poets such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Sylvia Plath, and Eleanor Farjeon to beloved contemporary poets like Marilyn Singer, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman. Beautifully illustrated by G. Brian Karas with richness and whimsy, SWITCHING ON THE MOON is the perfect book to share with a child to usher in a night of sweet dreams.
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