Tougas, Chris

Poem in My Pocket

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon. Words from a young person's poem are "mixed-up" in the wind and "whipped about / and mingled in midair." Digital illustrations with collage-like touches play a key role in this adventure: the art shows the poet's words and letters blown around in what looks like a Central American town, rearranging to create nonsense words and silly wordplay. The main character tries to reconstruct the original poem, but wind and rain carry off the pieces again. "The seeds of thoughts were planted," however, and what sprouts is aptly punny. Rhyming pairs on three spreads and mixed-up words on one spread are identified at book's end.


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