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Is this poetry? Math? A brainteaser? Yes! It's all that and more. The poet J. Patrick Lewis has reimagined classic poems--such as Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" and Langston Hughes's "April Rain Song"--and added a dash of math. Between the silly parodies and the wonderfully wacky art, kids will have so much fun figuring out the puzzles, they won't guess they're learning! Answers appear unobtrusively on each page, and engaging information about the original poets is included. Math games and concepts, poetry and poet biographies--it's all so cleverly put together. This funny book is a treat for fans of words and numbers alike.
J. Patrick Lewis has written more than fifty books of poetry for children. Recently named the U.S. children's poet laureate, he's also a recipient of the NCTE Excellence in Children's Poetry Award. He lives in Westerville, Ohio. Visit his website at www.jpatricklewis.com.
Michael Slack is an illustrator, author, and character designer whose books include My Life as a Chicken by Ellen A. Kelley. He lives in Northern California. Visit his website atwww.slackart.com.
"Lewis cleverly combines math and language arts with this collection of humorous poetry parodies that present readers with math word problems to solve."--Kirkus"Teachers and parents might challenge youngsters to try solving the math problems, then introduce them to the classic poems by reading them together."--School Library Journal"Slack's bug-eyed caricatures are an exuberant complement to Lewis's delightfully offbeat union of poetry and math."--Publishers Weekly, starred review"This book could come in handy for a variety of different classroom purposes."--Booklist