Friday, April 10, 2015

Just Joking Animal Riddles - a bookwrap


Authored by J. P. Lewis

The inside?  Amazing... no joke.

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This is such a fun book for kids.  It's the newest in "The Just Joking" series that kids are wowed by.  This amazing little book presents 150 funny, puzzling riddles all about animals.  The photos are detailed, colourful, engaging and the fact bar insertions are extremely educational.  But why should we be surprised from the creators of National Geographic Kids? Perfection is what they excel at right? This collection of jokes and riddles will have your child laughing, reading, rhyming and asking for more.  

The book is authored by the former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis and being centred around animals will delight children everywhere.  The concept is simple -  read the riddle then flip the page to see the answer.  The photographs are stellar and the size of the book is perfect for travelling, camping, or throwing in a backpack to take along to challenge friends or family.  

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I highly recommend this book and this series.  

Unwrapping the author...

Former Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis grew up in Gary, Indiana and earned a BA at Saint Joseph’s College, an MA at Indiana University, and a PhD in economics at the Ohio State University. Lewis taught in the department of Business, Accounting and Economics at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, until 1998 when he became a full-time writer. 

Lewis is the author of more than fifty books of poetry for children, which find their shape in both free and formal verse and engage a wide range of subjects from history to mathematics, Russian folklore to the animal kingdom. His books for children include Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles (2009, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger); New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Last Resort (2002, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti and translated into more than a dozen languages); The Shoe Tree of Chagrin (2001, illustrated by Chris Sheban), which won the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators’ Golden Kite Award; and A Hippopotamusn’t: And Other Animal Poems (1990, illustrated by Victoria Chess). His collaborations with other children’s poets have yielded several collections, including Castles: Old Stone Poems (2006, with Rebecca Dotlich, illustrated by Dan Burr) and Birds on a Wire: A Renga ‘Round the Town (2008, with Paul Janeczko, illustrated by Gary Lippincott).
His children’s poetry has been widely anthologized, and his contributions to children’s literature have been recognized with the 2011 Poetry Award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the Ohioana Awards’ 2004 Alice Louise Wood Memorial Prize. 
His poetry for adults, which includes the collection Gulls Hold Up the Sky: Poems 1983-2010, frequently utilizes metaphor and humor to address themes of family and history. His adult poetry has received the support of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist grant. 
Lewis served as the nation's third Children's Poet Laureate from 2011 to 2013. He lives in Westerville, Ohio.

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