Friday, February 10, 2012

POEM RUNS starred in PW Review!

Poems Runs gets a starred review in Publishers Weekly, Feb. 6, 2012. OOOOh yeah!

A Big Thank you to my editor Jeannette Larson of Harcourt for believing in this book.

Poem Runs: Baseball Poems and Paintings Douglas Florian. Harcourt, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-547-68838-1
Florian gives readers a tour of the baseball diamond, focusing mostly on the various positions on the field, in upbeat poems that exude a bravado and competitive spirit that’s perfect for the subject matter. The poems accompany naïf, chalklike mixed-media artwork that uses watercolors, pastels, and (appropriately enough) pine tar on a canvas of paper bags; Florian exaggerates the players’ physicality, as they bend, leap, and swing, their limbs stretching across the spreads. Cockiness and comedy intertwine throughout: “Our slugger can zing/ Each pitch you may hurl./ And one other thing:/ Our slugger’s a girl,” Florian writes, as the batter bares her teeth and gets ready to swing at the ball, which is shown in tatters on the following spread (“Crash it/. Mash it./ Hit it./ Spit it./ Been there./ Did it”). Much like her hit, this one’s a blast. Ages 6–9. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/03/2012


Kelly Polark said...

I'm looking forward to sharing this with my family, Douglas! My boys are big into baseball. So happy to see another book of yours coming out!

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Gregory K. said...

Always nice to see a star for a poetic star. And as a huge baseball fan, always nice to see poetry on the topic. A win-win!

Jane Singleton Paul said...

Félicitations !

atlanticmo said...

Looking forward to it.

poemhome said...

Thanx so much Kelly, Sukipoet, Gregory, Jane, and atlanticmo.