"Put down the controller./ Switch off the TV./ Abandon the mouse and/ just hang out with me." From the outset, this collection of poems makes its message clear: books are where it's at. Salas's polished verse demonstrates a deep love for all aspects of books, from their content to their creators, and she's not above using a touch of guilt to get her audience invested: "If a book remains unopened/ and no reader turns its page,/ does it still embrace a story/ or trap words inside a cage?" She celebrates the physical print book, too (e-readers go unmentioned), with poems dedicated to indexes, cliffhanger endings, and even bookplates ("Write your name upon me/ I'm a paper love tattoo"). Bisaillon's mixed media illustrations are dizzyingly inventive, their bright colors, sampling of typography, and whimsical details underscoring the idea of the potential that awaits between the covers. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)[Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC
Gr 3-5--Some of these 21 poems are written in rhyme and meter, while others are free verse. They vary in length from a few to several stanzas, and all are well crafted and clever, covering a variety of aspects of books and reading. Salas includes poems about an index, a cover, cliff-hangers, and falling asleep while reading. The poems are, by turns, philosophical, humorous, and even instructional. Typeset is creative, and the titles appear in a variety of artistic font styles and colors. Whimsical, mixed-media illustrations grace every page. Bisaillon skillfully incorporates the printed poems into the artwork so that the words and images have a single, unified, visual effect. This is an appealing offering that will be especially popular with librarians. For a collection of "book" poems by a variety of authors, Lee Bennett Hopkins's I Am the Book (Holiday House, 2011) is also a good choice.--Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT[Page 104]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.