No More Poems!: A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse

No More Poems!: A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse

by Rhett Miller

Narrated by Nick Offerman

Unabridged — 32 minutes

Rhett Miller
No More Poems!: A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse

No More Poems!: A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse

by Rhett Miller

Narrated by Nick Offerman

Unabridged — 32 minutes

Rhett Miller

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Overview

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rhett Miller returns in a riotous collection of irreverent poems for modern families.

In the tradition of Shel Silverstein, these poems bring a fresh new twist to the classic dilemmas of childhood as well as a perceptive eye to the foibles of modern family life. Full of clever wordplay — and toilet humor to spare — these 23 rhyming poems make for an ideal listening experience.

Taking on the subjects of a bullying baseball coach and annoying little brothers with equally sly humor, renowned lyricist Rhett Miller's clever verses will have the whole family cackling.



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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

01/07/2019

Manic energy slops over the rim of this comic verse collection by singer-songwriter Miller. Most of the 20-odd poems address evergreen childhood themes—the wielding of a colored marker to feign illness and avoid school (“I should be better by 3:25”), the bedtime resistance poem (“I’m not a baby any... SNORE”), and bodily effluvia (“You’re building a smell/ That’s designed to repel”). By contrast, several longer poems investigate family relationships with some nuance, like the ballad about the rebellion staged by a cowed baseball coach’s son (“Today there’s something different, though/ Joe’s eyes are dad-defying”), and a boy’s reflections on his famous rock star dad: “He’s got a lot of fans and stuff/ But me, I am not one.” Illustrations by Santat (After the Fall) fuel the fun: the purple-pox creator is seen in tight, fish-eye-style close-up, thermometer protruding from her mouth; the reluctant bed-goer is attached to a medieval-looking orthodontic appliance. Elsewhere, bubbles float up from bathtubs: “Eat some beans for dinner/ Make some bubbles for yourself!” Though the rhyme and meter clank in spots, hilarity runs high; classroom readalouds could become uproarious. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)

From the Publisher

"Serious poetic fun... zany poetic antics are deftly paired with the visually arresting mixed-media somersaults of Caldecott medalist Santat... Miller and Santat's fun, eminently contemporary collaboration will charm both kids and the adults reading with them."—Kirkus

"Manic energy slops over the rim of this comic verse collection... hilarity runs high; classroom readalouds could become uproarious."—Publishers Weekly

This collection of 23 delightfully humorous poems offer rhyming poetry that touches on many universal themes of great student interest.... Add this wonderful treasury to any elementary and middle school contemporary poetry collection.—School Library Connection (Starred Review)

No More Poems! offers readers an all-star lineup of mostly relatable, occasionally thought-provoking, and always entertaining reflections.—Horn Book

School Library Journal

04/01/2019

Gr 1–5—This debut collection of subversive and wacky poems for kids is bursting with color and silly words. In the style of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, poems range from kids' everyday experiences to nonsensical situations. Two poems, "Stinky-Mouth You" and "Rock Star Dad," seem to be derived from Miller's own family experience, but most address more common childhood experiences: angry Little League dads, not wanting to go to bed, and unfinished homework. Other poems like "This Bathtub's Too Small" and "The Wise Man" tell over-the-top tales. Each spread features a different poem while expressive artwork of the characters and scenes capture the mood, along with illustrated titles. For example, "My Device" uses a pixel font for the title and dark, muted lighting on two characters looking at their devices, their backs facing the reader. Some readers may find the lack of punctuation jarring, but the musicality of the loosely metered lines make this collection work best as a read-aloud. While all of the poems use end rhyme, some of the cleverest rhymes are internal: "I don't have a name for my potty karate" from "My Secret Karate" and "Nose hairs are gross hairs" and "Ear hairs are weird hairs" from "Hairs." VERDICT Overall, this collection with its pleasingly eccentric illustrations and sense of humor will be well received by many kids. Add to larger poetry collections.-Erica Ruscio, Madison Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews

2018-12-16

Serious poetic fun.

Dark humor abounds in Old 97's singer/songwriter Miller's first foray into light verse for children, where his zany poetic antics are deftly paired with the visually arresting mixed-media somersaults of Caldecott medalist Santat. Doubtless drawing on experiences from his day jobs as a rocker and father, Miller offers nearly two dozen rhymed "silly, subversive poems" aimed at capturing children at their scheming best and adults as less than perfect. The collection's opening poem, describing the young speaker's hidden talent for using a toe to flush the toilet, sets the irreverent tone: "I don't have a name for my potty karate / I might call it Tae Kwon Doo / Or maybe I'll say I'm a third degree black belt / In the top secret art of Kung Poo." Later, in "i want a dog," Santat employs full use of the double-page spread by depicting the speaker making her case ("I want a dog / I'll give you until my next birthday / If there's no dog by then I am RUNNING AWAY/ I'll go off and live in a bog") with the hilarious aid of a 55-slide presentation. Every facial expression displays his exceptional talent at visual characterization.

Whether describing a nighttime trip to the bathroom or discouraging fratricide, Miller and Santat's fun, eminently contemporary collaboration will charm both kids and the adults reading with them. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940170237067
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Age Range: Up to 4 Years

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