Friday, May 9, 2014

Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems by J. Patrick Lewis & Douglas Florian

Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit Jama's Alphabet Soup for Roundup.

Wow, how is it already the second Poetry Friday in May?? Wowza, time flying and all that goodness. I've been traveling and enjoying the sweet company of poets and attending youngest son's music concerts and sewing and writing and cooking and dreaming and wishing and listening to birds and....

reading poetry! Today I have for you a look at POEM-MOBILES. J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian have brought us an imaginative collection with amazing illustrations by Jeremy Holmes. Dreamer/inventor/creative kids will enjoy imagining these modes of transportation... fun!

Here's a favorite from each of the poets:

Mini-Mini Car
by Douglas Florian

I'm in my motorcar-
My mini-mini-mini.
It's itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny,
Skinny skinny skinny.
I squeeze inside and then I ride
Some more and more and more.
But I don't brag, for there's a snag;
I can't get out of the door.

High-Heel Car
by J. Patrick Lewis

There was an old woman
Who lived in high heels.
She loved one so much
That she gave it three wheels.

That's how the size-84
Shoe-car was born.
She wins every footrace,
Then honks her shoehorn.

Honks her shoehorn! Ha! :)


  1. Oh, these are fun! I may share them right away with my test weary kids - thanks, Irene.

  2. These are so fun! I'm going to add this to my reading list.

  3. I'd heard about his book a couple months ago, but hadn't seen it yet - looks fun! (although if you want to feel old, ask anyone younger than 30 if they know what a shoehorn is!)

  4. Oh, thanks for sharing these (love the audio too)! Been anxious to see this book. Looks like so much fun -- two of my favorite poets!!

  5. How cute are these? Especially that shoehorn. What a hoot! (...or maybe a toot.)

  6. Thanks for offering another poetry book to add to my reading list.

  7. Such clever poets! Another for the TBR pile . . .

  8. These are great, Irene. I don't know this book, but do know a little boy who would adore it. Thank you!

  9. "honks her shoehorn"
    Ha! Funny. Sounds like a great book for boys--and some girls too.

    Violet N.

  10. I'm sure I have a grandson that will love this book.

  11. Two of my favorite poets together in one book! LOVE! (If only it had Florian illustrations...)

  12. The high-heel car made me smile. :) I should give mine three wheels too!

  13. I saw this book at the library last week, but already had about 12 books out, so I passed it by. Silly!


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