Thursday, May 17, 2018

Poetry Friday - Poetry Book Giveaway!


It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. I am hosting the round up today, so be sure to check out the links at the end to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. 
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Hello and Happy Friday! I am super excited to be hosting the Poetry Round Up today. I cannot wait to see everyone's contributions this week.

To celebrate, I have decided to do a book giveaway. Be sure to read to the end to find out how to win a copy!

written by Chris Harris
illustrated by Lane Smith


I checked this one out from the library not too long ago, and my family absolutely LOVED it. I have an 8-year-old and an 18-month-old. My husband and I would each take turns reading a few poems each night before bedtime. My daughter, without fail, would beg for "just one more" poem to be read.

The poems are really funny. Like belly-laugh-my-cheeks-hurt funny. (I guess that makes me an immature grown-up? YES, I'll take it!) Not only were Harris' poems hilarious, but many of them also had a lot of heart. He does not pander to kids, but yet is able to really convey some great messages (think Shel Silverstein's "Listen to the Mustn'ts").

Another aspect of this book that was fantastic is that it begs to be read aloud. The poems were just the right length and the humor really popped when reading to the family. I especially enjoyed the poems that went back and forth between two characters because I would read one side, and my daughter would read the other.

The illustrations are great too, and add a lot to the humor. Not only do the they support the poems, but they are actually vital to some of them. I liked the banter back and forth between poet and illustrator too.

This is they type of collection that inspires me to sit down and write. The poems read so effortlessly that I think, Man, I want to write a collection of poems.  And then I sit down and try, and realize how hard it is to write something so good. But it still makes me want to keep trying! Chris Harris really is a great children't poet.

And now for the giveaway! 


All you have to do to enter to win a copy of I'm Just No Good at Rhyming is comment on this post below by Thursday, May 24th at 5:00pm EST. You can get a bonus entry if you share this post on social media too (just let me know where you shared it--facebook, twitter, etc--in your comment). The winner will be announced next Friday. Good luck! And be sure to check out all the other Poetry Friday posts too!


66 comments:

  1. Beautiful review of "I'm Just No Good At Rhyming,"I love it Rebecca, and the illustrations fit so well, I'm looking forward to reading it! Thanks for sharing it here, and for hosting the Roundup this week.

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  2. Great job reviewing what must be a great book! I haven't read it yet....so I'm delighted to see that you are hosting a giveaway. I've included a link to this blog post in mine so others can see your review too.
    Whew! What a week. I've been trying too hard to write a poem for the TLD challenge of write a poem about what you see out of your window. When I find myself trying too hard I stop, take a step back and try to play a bit. I found some great old-timey photos at the Library of Congress and used one as a prompt....because a computer screen can be a window to the past, right? That's my two cents worth that I'm sharing over on A Word Edgewise. Happy Poetry Friday!
    https://awordedgewiselindamitchell.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I really enjoyed your creative take on "windows" (2-3)

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  3. I love this! It looks like a super fun book. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this week!

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  4. I've heard good things about this book so I'm glad you featured it this week. Thanks for the great review, the giveaway, and for hosting the roundup!

    (My post goes live 6 a.m. Friday morning.)

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  5. Happy PF and thanks for hosting! I've been meaning to get a look at this books. Thanks for the incentive! Some great mentor texts in this, from the look of it and your thorough review. Thank you!

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    1. It really is a great book. Thanks for stopping by! (6)

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  6. Rebecca, from one immature grown-up to another, YAY for featuring this book! My hubby discovered it when it first came out, and we bought it. For ourselves. We did take it on a trip, meeting up with our kids, and shared some of the poems. OUR kids are in their 20s - Ha! :0) Thanks so much for hosting today!

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    1. Hooray for immature grown ups! :) (7)

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  7. I love that you're sharing this marvelous book, Rebecca, and I love the book. Thanks for sharing so much that is fun about it, and don't put me in the drawing because I have it. Thanks for hosting this Friday!

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  8. Thanks for hosting, Rebecca! I've heard so much about this book - it looks terrific. (Got to love that Frost poem!)

    (btw, my post goes live shortly after midnight)

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    1. It's full of great ones! Thanks for stopping by! (8)

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  9. Sounds like y'all are having wonderful family time with this book! I would love to win it :-)

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    1. Good luck and thanks for stopping by! (9)

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  10. That book sounds great! Thank you for sharing about it and for hosting this week's round up.

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  11. I gifted this book to some young friends several months ago (based on reviews I had read), and just received a copy this week that I requested from the library. Your post makes me realize that I need to make time to read it. Thanks for hosting our gathering this week.

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  12. Sounds like a great book. I love it when a book "begs to be read aloud." And you last paragraph about being inspired to write when you read the poems makes me think it would be great in a classroom library, so I shared a link to your post on both Twitter and FB, hoping some of my T-friends check it out. Thanks for hosting this Friday. And thanks for a chance to win a copy.

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    1. I think it would be a great addition to any classroom. Good luck! (12-14)

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  13. Rebecca, thanks for hosting and sharing a new book to me. I would love to read some of these poems and see what kind of response would come from the reading. I will share the two you have posted. Good luck on writing a collection. I will post my offering for PF in a few minutes and share your Poetry Friday Round-up on Twitter and FB.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Carol, and sharing the post! (15-17)

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  14. Happy Friday and thanks for hosting! I'm Just No Good At Rhyming is such an inviting package. It's been popular at the library I work in and will probably be even more popular once word-of-mouth starts to kick in!

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    1. Yeah, I am super glad I discovered it! (18)

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  15. "I'm just No Good at Rhyming" looks like a fun book. I haven't been writing poetry long and thought I'd never write rhyming poetry; however, I find myself defaulting to rhyme often.

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    1. The book has a ton of great mentor texts. His sense of rhythm is fantastic. (19)

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  16. Oh, I love the Loser's Cheer! Every classroom needs it. And family. :) Thanks for hosting, and sharing this fun book.

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  17. And I thought I was the only one late to this book! I, too have been enjoying my library copy. :D Thank you for hosting today, Rebecca, and for your generous giveaway!

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  18. This is on my TBR list for 2018! I checked it out from my public library, but at the time I had other titles that kept pushing it to the bottom. Your post has renewed my interest and excitement to get my hands on it again. Who knows, maybe I'll be a winner and will have my own copy? Thank you for hosting!

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  19. This book is a hoot Rebecca. Your review captures this so comprehensively. I'm so glad it is being widely appreciated and acquired. Good books should never be kept a secret. Thanks also for hosting.

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    1. It really is fun. Thanks for stopping by! (23)

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  20. Thanks for hosting, Rebecca. I had a hard time choosing between two poems this week so I posted both of them. And for a change I posted them at the blog I co-write with four other kids book writers, Books Around the Table. I also posted information about and a link to The Skagit River Poetry Festival happening this weekend in La Conner, WA. Robert Pinsky will be there, as will both of the poets whose poems I chose to post.

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    1. I really enjoyed reading your post! Thanks for stopping by. (24)

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  21. Thanks for hosting! I think I came across this book on Amazon, looks fun :)

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  22. This has been the hottest poetry book of the year in my class!

    Thanks for hosting!

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  23. I looove a funny book with heart! 'Just finally bought this one yesterday, and I am excited to curl up with it (to giggle!) this weekend. Thank you for hosting today! xx

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  24. Thanks for hosting today. I'm Just No Good... was a favorite in my classroom. I agree with your review, funny, but real. I saw Chris Harris present about this book at NCTE. Did you know he writes for television? "How I Met your Mother"

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    1. I didn't find out that he was a TV writer until after I finished the book. He really is great at writing humor. (28)

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  25. Rebecca, thanks so much for hosting -- and for your giveaway! NO GOOD is a welcome addition to any family's bookshelf... a modern Shel Silverstein! Wishing you a grand day!

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    1. His style really did remind me of Silverstein. I hope he comes out with more. (29)

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  26. I've been hearing such good things about this book. Now I want to read it even more! I did laugh at "The Loser's CHeer." It reminds me of my daughter's and my experience with the local canoe race. One year we managed to come in first (for the mother-daughter category) and last (as in last boat out of the river)! We love telling people how we came in first and last in the same race.

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  27. Thanks for hosting! Happy Friday, everyone!

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  28. Thanks so much for doing the roundup this week. No need to include me in the giveaway as I already have a copy of this poetry book. Have a great weekend!

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  29. Hi Rebecca.
    You have a super sense of humor. I am tickled to know this book
    because I will be buying it to tote to school for
    my read-aloud days (take me out of the running
    for winning.)
    Today in first grade we performed Boa Constrictor
    from the Superlative Shel S. collection, so I am truly
    one who will glom onto this book, which I didn't know.
    Plus, Lane Smith! ITS's A BOOK is still one of my
    faves. Applause for you, your young family of
    book lovers & for your hosting.

    p.s. I think you all would luv a p.b. called CREEPY CARROTS.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jan. CREEPY CARROTS is a fave in our house. Have you read CREEPY PAIR OF UNDERWEAR? It's great too! (32)

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  30. I just got a copy of this book and the little that I've read has delighted me and cracked up my class. I can't wait to find time to dive in and savor some more. Thanks for the reminder to keep this book close at hand so I can sneak peeks until summer vacation and more reading time arrive! Thanks also for hosting this week!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Molly. I'm glad you're enjoying the book! (33)

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  31. Rebecca, what a great review of this book that I've heard so much about. Thanks for hosting and for the generous give away offer!

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  32. My life is a brighter place thanks to your humor. So an endorsement from you has me sold.

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    1. It really is a fun read! Good luck! (35-36)

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  33. I should really find a copy of this book for my soon to be 8 year old. You are selling me on it. Thanks for the post and giveaway!

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    1. It's a perfect book for an 8 year old! (37)

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