Friday, August 25, 2017

Poetry Friday - Sally Sloth's Swan Song


It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out Check It Out to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. 
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I'm still looking for a few more people to do a Zine Swap! Check out the info here.


As you may have noticed, the blog got a little bit of a face lift this week. My wonderful illustrator husband drew me as a book-loving sloth (my favorite animal) so I decided to put it up as my new blog header. In celebration, my poem this week is also sloth related! I'll get to it in just a sec.

This week I read a really fun poetry book call Twimericks, by Lou Brooks.


 Twimericks
by Lou Brooks

The illustrations were excellent and the retro, quirky style went right along with the tongue-twisting limericks. One of my favorite poems from the book hadto do with a tooting platypus:

art and text © Lou Brooks

A Flatulent Platypus
by Lou Brooks

A petulant flatulent platypus starts,
To tooting and flouting his flute to his farts,
But at platypus outings,
His flatulent floutings,
Flout his flute flat at the tootiest parts. 

I enjoyed the poetry book so much, that I decided I would try my hand at writing a tongue-twisting limerick. And now I have a newfound respect for Lou Brooks. It was WAY harder than I thought it would be. I struggled writing one and he wrote a whole book of them. But the exercise was still fun.


14 comments:

  1. What a sweet sloth in your header! Your site looks very swank with the fresh colors and modern font. And your limerick nails it both as a tongue twister and sloth song.

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  2. AH! I love the sloth, clutching those books with such a look of joy! :-D

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    1. My husband says it's me as a sloth. I'll take it. :)

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  3. I can't manage a zine swap right now in my life, but I want you to know that the first (low stakes) writing my students did was to make a zine about themselves! They now love making these little books for all kinds of topics! You inspired me/us!

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    1. I'm so glad that your class liked making the zines. When I discovered them, I kinda got obsessed. :)

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  4. The sloth in your header is adorable! And that limerick--oh my. You make it look easy.

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    1. I didn't realize how difficult it would be to keep things in meter and rhyme while trying to do a tongue twister! Thanks for visiting.

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  5. The cover of Twimericks reminds me so much of Fairly Oddparents. I wonder if there's a connection? Sweet header! Have you seen "Hairy Slother"? https://www.etsy.com/listing/267945909/hairy-slother-keychain

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    1. Oh my goodness! "Hairy Slother" is awesome! Thank you for sharing with me.

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  6. As a glasses-wearer, I like that your header sloth also wears glasses.

    Isn't it funny how a retro look has reappeared in picture books. I found some book care posters that have the same feel, perhaps your teacher and librarian friends would be interested in them, too. https://www.loc.gov/preservation/resources/educational/bookmarks/BKBCposters/index.html

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    1. It is pretty neat that retro is making a comeback. My husband especially enjoys the UPA style cartoons, so he liked the illustrations in the book. Thanks for the link to the posters. They look so cool!

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  7. So much goodness here. Have you considered applying to the CYBILS as a panelist?

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    1. I actually applied last week. Fingers crossed that I get picked! Thanks for visiting!

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