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I went to a party recently full of literary folks both from the Twin Cities and more far-flung places (like Mem Fox, who was in from Australia, and editor Allyn Johnston from California). More on the party in a future post. But one treat was running into Michael Hall. He’s the author/illustrator whose My Heart Is Like a Zoo (book website here) won the Minnesota Book Award in 2011, which means he is the person who presented the award to me for BookSpeak earlier this year!
He showed me his newest picture book, Cat Tale (Greenwillow Books, 2012) a delightful romp for word lovers!
It’s not a poetry collection, but it’s a single very funny poem about the adventures of three cats, and it’s focused on homophones and homonyms. Here’s the beginning:
From word to word
they find their way,
Lillian, Tilly, and William J.
They pack some books
and kitty chews.
They choose a spot.
They spot some ewes.
They use a box
to hide from bees…
–copyright Michael Hall, from Cat Tale
and it goes on from there. Hall’s colorful, bold art makes the story easy to follow, even through the silly wordplay. So grab this cat by the tale if you’re in the mood for a funny jumble of wild words.
Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading has the Poetry Friday roundup. It was so great to see and present with Mary Lee at NCTE last weekend. I’m excited for her that in addition to being a terrific teacher, blogger, and book-love-spreader, she is also submitting her wonderful poetry and being published! Way to go, Mary Lee!