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Outside the Box

A Book of Poems

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This laugh-out-loud poetry collaboration from a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling author and a Caldecott Honor illustrator is anything but ordinary.

Dive in to Karma Wilson’s latest collection of more than 100 poems—some humorous, some poignant, and all of them Outside the Box. Illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Diane Goode, Outside the Box has something for everyone. Appealing to kids and parents alike, poems such as “Sick Day,” “My Pet Robot,” “Balloonaphobia,” and “Aliens Under My Bed” are sure to delight and entertain.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 11, 2013 – Blending typographical and illustrated whimsy with lighthearted reflections on life's quandaries, funny moments, and small disappointments, Wilson and Goode offer a well-rounded collection of more than 100 poems that touch on everything from creativity and luck to animals, siblings, and holidays. The narrator of "My Pet Robot" stares glumly at her creation (a hybrid vacuum cleaner/TV set, by the looks of it): "I realize now/ that Robot's done..../ Building him/ was all the fun." Elsewhere, a boy reflects on the duality of oatmeal ("As mooshy, gooshy, squishy goo?/ It's awful stuff to eat./ As crunchy, munchy cookie bliss?/ Oatmeal's a wonderful treat") and a girl shouts her head off as she's about to be devoured by a monster ("Don't scream so loud you'll wake the dead,/ we'd rather that they stay in bed"). Goode's b&w artwork (not all seen by PW) features her instantly recognizable swoopy ink lines, amplifying the comedy and playfulness that characterize many of Wilson's poems. Ages 7 10.
Outside the Box
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  • $10.99
  • Level: Grades 2-5
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Poetry
  • Published: Mar 11, 2014
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 176 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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