Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Underwear Salesman & Other Jobs for Better or Verse by J. Patrick Lewis

What do you want to be when you grow up? If you don't know, take a look at this zany collection of occupation themed poems.

What I thought: These poems are so fun. The illustrations are perfect. I like that Lewis mixed normal jobs (e.g. librarian) with more unusual ones like a tiger tamer. Not only will kids enjoy these poems, I think they might be inspired to write their own poems about what they want to be when they grow up. The Underwear Salesman will pair well with Steady Hands: Poems About Work by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer. My favorite poems are "Librarian," "Poet," and "Exterminator."

(Illus. Sarge Bloch. Atheneum, 2009)

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