Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids (Hardcover)
Will you getti the spaghetti?
Don’t say, “Not yetti spaghetti!”
I’m all setti for spaghetti.
Fizzing with rhythm, energy, and laughter, this perfect gift-book introduction to poetry celebrates the day-to-day routines of early childhood. From the rise-and-shine exuberance of "Up, up, uppity-up!" to the sweet lull of “Hush and a hush/soft and low,” colorful pages abound with observations of ordinary moments, from brushing your teeth to digging in a sandbox, that mirror a childlike day-in-the-life. Poetic bounty at its best and brightest, this playful and affectionate read-aloud treasure will have toddlers clamoring for more, for the sheer fun of it.
Polly Dunbar is an award-winning author-illustrator whose books include Can Bears Ski?, A Lion Is a Lion, and the best-selling Penguin. She has also illustrated chapter books by David Almond and Michael Morpurgo, among others. She lives in Suffolk, England.
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Dunbar’s watercolors, depicting a racially diverse cast of laughing, active children in pajamas or play clothes, reflect the celebratory tone of Rosen’s breezy miniverses, which are not only suitable for chanting or singing as well as silent reading, but are often structured to make it easy for children to add their own rhymes and embellishments. . . . Irresistible invitations to engage and interact with words.
Dunbar’s loose-lined ink and watercolor illustrations, meanwhile, depict children of various abilities and skin tones engaging in the activities together. Pages abound with the glee that arises when each day promises new discoveries—linguistic and otherwise.