This book of “very short stories to read together”, illustrated by Michael Emberley, is really a book of poems. They are color-coded to show which parts I read, which parts you read, and which parts we read together. “I Hate My Hat” is one of my favorites!
This poetry book alternates between free-verse and haiku. Each new topic is illustrated and has one of each type of poem. The illustrations by Javaka Steptoe combine paper cut-outs and three-dimensional objects.
Scieszka and Smith explore (exploit?) various poems through scientific parodies. They cover the digestive system, evolution, black holes, food chains, matter and more. You will recognize the framework from many of the poems! Read “‘Twas the Night Before Anything” for their interpretation of the Big Bang theory and “Astronaut Stopping By a Planet on a Snowy Evening.” Fun stuff!