The Red Ear Blows Its Nose by Robert Schechter, illustrated by S. Federico

Published by Word Galaxy Press

Summary:  This little poetry book contains 99 poems, most of them fitting on one page and one (“Question”) only two lines long (“When livestock salesmen cannot sleep, do they lie in bed discounting sheep?”).  Many are accompanied by black and white line illustrations.  There’s a wide range of topics, including how people see colors, the relative size of things in the universe, a horse who wants to moo, and many, many more.  The author has published poems in quite a few magazines, but this is his first collection.  118 pages; grades 1-5.

Pros:  Fans of Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein will love this deceptively simple collection, with poems that can be read by first graders but discussed in depth by middle schoolers, and that contain equal parts humor and humanity.  Perfect for National Poetry Month.

Cons:  I could have enjoyed a few more illustrations.

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