The Red Ear Blows Its Nose: Poems for Children and Others
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In this volume of mostly rhyming poetry, Schechter celebrates the power of a unique perspective through playful poems that delight in turning things topsy-turvy. . . . [T]he plethora of poems dazzle in their variety. . . . For child readers, these poems may spark big reflections on how amazingly quirky the world is and how elastic language can be. . . . Schechter's language and rhyme schemes range from simple to tongue-twistingly complex. Children and adults alike will enjoy bouncing through the vivacious rhythms and the breadth of surprising, marvelous ideas. These are for reading out loud, to laugh at, to muse on, and to grow up with.
- School Library Journal, Starred Review, January 1, 2023
Schechter contemplates the sun, the moon, his nose, and other prominent subjects in this wide-ranging debut collection. Showing masterful command of metrics and rhyme, the poet launches observations both playful and reflective [and] dishes up plenty of outright crowd pleasers. . . . Smells like a winner.
- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, January 15, 2023
Though the title of Schechter's first poetry collection may conjure associations with the Jack Prelutsky brand and all its fun absurdities-and while this book's general format mirrors that, as well-you may find something a bit different here. The playfulness is certainly still present, as it should be, but for the most part, Schechter's poetry is grounded in reality, and the silly conceits are always rooted in a second, more meaningful layer. . . . All in all, a great classroom resource, as well as an entertaining and illuminating collection.
- Ronny Khuri, Booklist, Starred Review, March 1, 2023
Silly and serious, thoughtful and joyful, the poems on these pages are all ages. Covering the seasons, words, nature, body parts and doing nothing, the style is a mix of classic poets with a modern twist.
- Jeanette, Staff Pick, Northshire Bookstore, VT
Seriously funny with a hint of "hey! This might be something to think about.
- Cannonballread, 10.25.2022
A very readable, collection of verse, that loves word play, absurdities and the old nonsense poem way of thinking, but seems to add something more....strongly sustained, all-ages-friendly rhyme....the mind boggles as to how any sequels are going to be nearly as stuffed with goodies as this collection. There is a lot of work here, with some brilliantly restrictive rhyming schemes in play.
- Theediscerning, Edelweiss / Goodreads, 11.16.2022
If you've got any "littles" in your life, The Red Ear Blows Its Nose is the perfect gift book to preorder for next year's National Poetry Month. Published by Word Galaxy Press, an imprint of the well-respected Able Muse Press, The Red Ear Blows Its Nose dishes out hilarity, wit, wordplay, and wisdom in a playfully illustrated collection of poems "for children and others.
- NewPagesBlog.com, 10.14.2022
Kids' book pure poetry: Witty pages filled with joy will even hook adults; Official age range is 7-12, but " number could be extended indefinitely"
- The Citizen, (South African newspaper) 11.3.2022