What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? by Judith Viorst, with art by Lee White

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers 

Summary:  These mostly humorous poems are divided into eleven sections, such as How Are You Feeling Today?; School Stuff; About the Family; Home and Away;  and Friends and Other People. As the title suggests, there are poems about glad topics, like a perfect day, home, and a fun “arithmetrick”, and others about mad/sad topics, like divorce or an ex-best friend.  Black, white, and blue illustrations are on every page.  112 pages; grades 1-4.

Pros:  Published a week after Judith Viorst’s 85th birthday, this fun collection shows she still excels at writing for an elementary audience.  The subjects are perfect for kids, and the poems have a good blend of humor and poignancy.

Cons:  Some of the lines of poetry were a little uneven, so the poems didn’t flow quite as smoothly as they could have.


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