Words in the Works LLC, 2014. 978-0991036479
Synopsis: From the playful teasing of shoe fashionistas, to more somber and thought-provoking themes, the messages in the rhymes from this first-time author are cleverly written and craftily disguised in the age-old style and beat of the English classics. While the layered messages behind these simply written, but light-hearted rhymes, may not be immediately recognizable, the references made to the more serious societal concerns of our country are evident in the beautifully illustrated pages. – from Amazon.com
Why I picked it up: I was asked if I wanted to do a review as part of a blog tour and I jumped at the chance. I find that poetry transcends age.
Why I finished it: This is a short picture book that packs a rather surprising punch for the reader. On the surface, the book would appear juvenile, but the messages one can glean from Lime’s poetry are numerous. It takes jabs at the financial crisis, illegal immigration, and even foreign policy, the context of which might go over some readers heads. But I like to think that the reader is capable of doing their own research and forming their own opinions about current events here and around the world. The rhyme scheme and the structure are really quite clever, drawing from a number of classic poems or rhymes in terms of meter that, even if you don’t recognize them, can be appreciated. Each of the sixteen illustrators that contributed to this collection have done a fantastic job of creating simplistic images to accompany each of the surprisingly complex poems. The range of styles and artistic interpretations add additional meaning to Lime’s words, asking the reader to create a more realistic and perhaps contrary image to what is seen on the page. It makes the meaning of the poems more easily digestible to the reader and showcases a wide spectrum of talent that I hope to see in other works. It’s a thought-provoking little volume that can be enjoyed by all ages and used as a starting point for more serious conversations about what we do and what direction in which we are going.
Other related materials: Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young selected by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Marc Brown; A Children’s Treasury of Nursery Rhymes with illustrations by Linda Bleck; Classic Poems for Children edited by Nicola Baxter; A Child’s Anthology of Poetry edited by Elizabeth Hague Sword and Victoria Flournoy McCarthy, illustrated by Tom Pohrt; A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa; Poems to Learn by Heart selected by Caroline Kennedy, illustrations by Jon J. Muth; Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein; A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein; The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury selected by Jack Prelutsky, illustrations by Meilo So; The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children’s Poems edited by Donald Hall