I am madly and truly and deeply in love with this illustration, Chris Raschka’s depiction of the Jabberwock (and the “beamish boy” who slays him). You can click on the image to see it along with the classic Lewis Carroll poem, as it appears in A Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout, released last month by Candlewick. My poem for today is also from this title, but I’ll get to that in a second.
The poems in this collection were selected by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Raschka. If you’re familiar with A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems (2001) and A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms (2005), then you know this series of titles from the award-winning duo, this one being the final book in the series, celebrating poems that are excellent read-aloud choices. There are rhymes; poems for one, two, and three voices, as well as poems for groups; bilingual poems; tongue twisters; limericks; and more. Janeczko has chosen traditional rhymes, contemporary poems, and just about everything in between. And Raschka. Raschka. How I love Raschka. His art is like a jolt of electricity. I don’t think I could even begin to pick favorite illustrations from this title, though I have to say I love that the cover shows the “olive drab corduroy coat / A wide-wale corduroy coat / And the grooves went round and round / Instead of up and down / On my olive drab corduroy coat” of the protagonist in George Ellya Lyon’s “Favorite,” included in this collection. Here’s Raschka’s depiction, from this same title, of Edward Lear’s Owl and Pussy-Cat (again, you can click on the image itself to see the complete spread with Lear’s poem):
The collection opens with Tracie Vaughn Zimmer’s ode to poetry, which I absolutely adore. I secured her permission to post it in its entirety below. Many thanks to her, and remember all rights reserved on her poem and all that important stuff.
Here’s to National Poetry Month! Today’s round-up is being hosted by Amy Planchak Graves at ayuddha.net.
A FOOT IN THE MOUTH. This collection copyright © 2009 by Paul B. Janeczko. Illustrations copyright © 2009 by Chris Raschka. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.