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Countdown to Summer: A Poem for Every Day of the School Year

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Countdown to Summer: A Poem for Every Day of the School Year

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Ethan Long

$15.99 US | $17.99 CAN
Available July 1, 2009

  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Age Range: 8-12
  • Grade Level: 3-7
  • Pages: 192
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316020893

  About The Book

In a billion years, A.D.,
Our sun will shine for none to see.
The sea will miss each passing ship;
The sky will hover over zip.
Those blazing stars will start to cool,
And I won't have to go to school.

Like the successful books celebrating the first 100 days of school, this poetry collection is punctuated by the school year. J. Patrick Lewis's collection of 180 original poems explores a variety of subject matters as well as poems in different forms including: limericks, haikus, riddles, shape poems, narrative poems, and nonsense verse. Pat's poetry is fun and kid-friendly, and Ethan Long's artwork adds a touch of humor. So, this is a poetry collection that even poetry-fearing kids can embrace.



Praise for Please Bury Me in the Library:
"The Midwest's cleverest living comic poet enjoins readers, 'Please bury me in the library / With a dozen long-stemmed proses.'. . . . This offering from the prolific Lewis won't stay buried long, no matter where it's planted."-Kirkus Reviews

"For a wild and whimsical time, let acclaimed poet J. Patrick Lewis accompany your kids on their next book-borrowing trip."-Children's Literature

Praise for Doodle Dandies:
* "The interplay between words and pictures effectively conjures images from seasons, to sports, to the jungle. From endpaper to doodled endpaper, this mix of clever language and visual delights makes a dandy treat for all ages."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Doodle Dandies captures the joy that wordplay can bring."-School Library Journal

"A dandy way indeed to begin a journey to poetry."-Booklist

Praise for Wing Nuts:
"This book fulfills its purpose to revive and invigorate the language, and does so with humor."-School Library Journal

"Two of the big kahunas of children's poetry deliver 23 senryu poems. . . . Plenty of fun, with nary a screw-up."-Kirkus Reviews


J. Patrick Lewis is a prolific writer of children's picture books and poetry books, including Tulip at the Bat, The Bookworm's Feast, Blackbeard: the Pirate King, and The Last Resort.

Ethan Long is the author and illustrator of Tickle the Duck, Stop Kissing Me!, and Duck's Not Afraid of the Dark and has illustrated a number of other children's books including Stinky Feet Smell by Margie Palatini and Oh Yeah! by Tom Birdseye. His new animated short series, 'Tasty Time with ZeFronk' will be premiering in November on Playhouse Disney.

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