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Mommy Daddy Evan Sage : poems
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Composed almost entirely of rhymed couplets, this intimate, mischievous, and poignantly funny collection of poems shares the conversations, invented games, and minor squabbles of four family members, especially precocious siblings Evan and younger sister Sage. With the exception of a few poems that dabble in fantasy ("Sage-y had a little lamb./ She named it Alligator./ That made Aunt Lucy laugh and laugh./ Then Alligator ate her"), the poems feel quite true to life. Garland's chunky b&w woodcuts are a handsome complement, with an understated emotion that echoes that of the verse. Most of the poems are written from the first-person perspective of the father; that adult POV won't likely impact kids' enjoyment, though parents may best appreciate McHenry's distillations of each interaction. The final poem, in which the father cradles Sage, perhaps best sums up the overall tone: " '[W]hen you fuss or make a mess,/ it doesn't make me love you less.'/ She said that made her feel much better,/ and wiped her nose on my new sweater." All ages. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Poetry. Illustrated by Nicholas Garland. "If you see a vulture, don't play dead."<br> <br> Childhood can be a confusing time, but not to Evan and Sage. They've got the world pretty well figured out, and are happy to explain it to their perplexed parents: "A monkey and an ape are not the same," / said Sage. "The monkey has a longer name." In this book of funny, fanciful poems and woodcuts, Eric McHenry and Nicholas Garland pay tender tribute to parents and the children who run circles around them.<br> <br> "The poems celebrate quotidian family life, centring on two children--Evan, seven, and Sage, two--and the questions they ask, the theories they have and the unexpected flashes they show of knowing exactly how the world really works, as the above poem demonstrates. The girl's coy glance out at the reader is a typical Garland flourish, and elsewhere his woodcuts complement the mood of the poetry beautifully."--The Daily Telegraph (UK)
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