Sunday, April 7, 2013

First Week of National Poetry Month Book Winner

I am happy to announce that the winner of Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word is Charles Waters.

Congratulations, Charles! Email me your address and I’ll send the book off to you.

My poetry book giveaway for the second week of National Poetry Month (April 7-13) will be Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles—which was written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. This is a most enjoyable book of verses that challenge readers to name the book that is described in each riddle. (NOTE: I’ll announce the winner of Spot the Plot on Sunday, April 14th.)

Here is one selection from the book. I know you’ll all be able to “name the book.” It’s one of my granddaughter Julia’s favorites.

There is a book

I know you know—

the perfect bedtime

book, although

the rabbit who

has gone to bed

can’t fall asleep

until she’s said

to many of

her closest friends,

Goodnight. Goodnight….

And so it ends.

And here is the shortest riddle in the book of book riddles:

Click here to listen to J. Patrick Lewis read three riddles from Spot the Plot.

Click here to look inside the book.


Recommendation: If you like Spot the Plot, I’m sure you’ll enjoy challenging yourself with the adult book riddles in Maurice Sagoff’s ShrinkLits: Seventy of the World’s Classics Cut Down to Size.

Click here to look inside the book.

Here is Sagoff’s "shrunken" version of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment from the book:

Up-tight student
Axes pair.
Fearful, with the
Cops aware.
Yet vainglorious,
He won't chicken
Till by saintly
Sonia stricken;
Then confession,
Trial and sentence:
Eight Siberian years.
Floods his spirit,
Hang-ups cease,
She will join him
Seeking peace. . .
In that bleak
Siberian hovel,
Watch him, Sonia,
With that shovel.



Linda B said...

Hi Elaine, I'm been teaching riddle poetry & wish I'd had this book too. I did find some good ones at the library. The shrinklits sounds terrific!

Janet Wong said...

Connecting to "her hair's the stairs": visit for a poem movie of a poem by Eileen Spinelli on the same subject!!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks, Janet! I enjoyed the movie. I love fairy tale peoms.