Garbage Delight: Another Helping
Dennis Lee & Maryann Kovalski
Key Porter, 2002 (2002)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
' of an old favorite, poems by the author of the popular
. Maryann Kovalski's raccoon illustrations are the perfect accompaniment. From
Half Way Dressed
, Dennis Lee gives us subversive verses that capture the point of view of the rebel within every child (and quite a few adults too), in a Canadian context.
've always enjoyed '
Shoot it from cannons or use it for glue
, but I don't recall reading
I Eat Kids Yum Yum!
before and I love it! A monster sings its '
mighty monster song
' and a little girl sings right back, '
I eat monsters burp! / They make me squeal and slurp
' and scares that poor monster off for good.
is a delightful musing on where in the world other children might be watching the night sky ... '
we haven't met yet / But we might do soon.
' And every adult should read and learn from
What Will You Be?
who becomes dinner, the '
The Secret Song
, verses about the snow experience, and (reminiscent of
The Cat Came Back
The Bratty Brother
A Walk in the Woods
is magical, with wild ones nearby and listening, and
The Coming of the Teddy Bears
is perfect for bedtime. But there's nothing like the robust rhythm of the title poem, the raccoon's own
If you want to see grins / All the way to my shins, / Just give me some Garbage Delight
is an eclectic collection of verse that can be enjoyed on different levels by children and their families - if you enjoy whimsical poetry, then you really should own a copy.
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