Pirates and Spooks, Beware!
written by Susan Weiner
illustrated by Bobbie Kogok
from Belle Isle Books
Shiver me timbers! Pirates and parrots, mummies and mermaids—get ready for these fun and funky creatures to tickle your funny bone and send a chill down your spine! Between the lines of these eerie poems, a lady pirate fights her battles in stolen ball gowns, a cannibal decides to become a vegetarian, and a ghost hitches a ride in the family car. You’d better get started: it’s all hands on deck!
This Winter, Reintroduce Them to Poetry All Over Again!
Because Poetry is not dead!
It is alive and kicking
And just begging to be read-
In the classroom,
Sometimes now and again,
And, of course, even right before bed.
Sneak Peek Inside the Book:
A Thing is a Thing, you must always remember,
Whether late in spring or early December.
A Thing's got fur that tickles its feet,
And it slurps up sodas that spill in the street.
A Thing, oh, a Thing's barely two feet high,
With vision gone bad in one bright red eye.
It makes rackets in closets in the dark of night,
As it snuffles for socks with delicious delight.
A Thing's got a nose like an elephant's snout,
And it sniffles for clothes you leave lying about,
Because to a Thing, laundry is tasty as cheese.
(Beneath a dusty bed you may hear it sneeze.)
Now, a Thing's the color of root beer fizzes,
But it hates to read books and fails all quizzes.
With its eye that wobbles like the ground in Peru,
It dines on sneakers, a most delectable shoe.
Things are followed by starlets in disguise,
For in fashion and gowns, a Thing is wise,
Yet a Thing loves silk taffeta best of all.
If you catch it stealing, it may start a brawl.
Therefore, stuff that's lost in the washing machine
Is never really gone, as it may be seen:
From closets to wash, a Thing never ceases,
For a Thing finds your stuff and chews it to pieces.
The Lady Pirate