Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman

The sun sets. The moon rises. The night creatures come out to play--the raccoon, the owl, the cricket, and more. In 12 poems, Joyce Sidman explores the night. Explanatory notes and a glossary add to the collection.

What I thought
: Not my favorite collection by Sidman, but enjoyable nonetheless. My favorite poems are "I Am a Baby Porcupette," "Ballad of the Wandering Eft" (the chorus is particularly lovely), and "Moon's Lament." The illustrations are great. They suit the subject perfectly--an impeccable blend of light and dark. My favorite illustrations are "Mushrooms" and "Primrose Moth."

(Illus. Rick Allen. Houghton Mifflin, 2010)

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