Thursday, April 15, 2010

Twimericks: The Book of Tongue-Twisting Limericks

Written and illustrated by Lou Brooks. New York: Workman Publishing, 2009.

Did you know April is National Poetry Month? In honor of that, I thought it would be fun to go through the poetry section at my library, and pick out some gems to share with you. Poetry is great for reluctant readers - they are fun to read aloud, are generally short, and most of them rhyme!

My first choice is a winner. This book combines two of my favorite types of poetry - tongue twisters and limericks! A limerick is a short, five-line poem and they are supposed to make you laugh. A tongue twister is a bunch of similar sounding words, and when you try to read them together, you stumble on your tongue. This book contains a warning at the beginning: “The surgeon general has determined that rapid reading of this book aloud to others may lead to your tongue being twisted into a perfect over-and-underhand Bavarian pretzel knot – probably forever.” You want to read it now, don’t you? Pick up this book of silly poems, and just try not to twist up your tongue when you read them aloud! I guarantee lots of laughter!