Houghton Mifflin 1998
Publisher’s Weekly and USA Today Bestseller
Featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition
Winner of the Marion Vannett Ridgeway Award for Poetry
A wacky, postmodern array of characters. . . . Brown’s illustrations (are) a perfect choice of style for the poetry’s quirky logic. An exuberant debut, equally enjoyable read silently or aloud.
The deadpan tone and weird words, worthy of a carnival barker, inject a step-right-up sensibility into the humorous rhymes.
– Publisher’s Weekly
Calef Brown has fashioned fourteen nonsense poems so zany that both young and old will be unable to suppress their laughter. Brown’s invented words and sounds and their visual counterparts create both an audible and a visual feast. This is the kind of silliness children relish.
– The Publisher