Beastly Verse

Beastly Verse

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"This is an anthology of 16 animal poems for children, illustrated by the graphic artist JooHee Yoon. The authors range from Lewis Carroll to D. H. Lawrence to Anonymous"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Enchanted Lion Books, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781592701667
Branch Call Number: j 808.8193 YOON J
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Yoon, JooHee 1989-


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Mar 27, 2020

Joohee Yoon has compiled and illustrated this collection of animal poems, in a wide variety of forms. Poems include “The Tiger” by William Blake, “Eletelephony” by Laura E. Richards, “Humming-Bird” by D. H. Lawrence, and “The Yak” by Hilaire Belloc. Illustrations are abstract, done with childlike drawings and primary color layering.

Yoon has put together an excellent selection of poems for children in this book, with a wonderful variety of flavors and personalities. The book ranges from Ogden Nash’s three-line poem “The Eel” to William Blake’s famous “The Tiger”. The poems include some very fun ones as well, such as “Eletelephony” by Laura E. Richards and “The Pelican” by Robert Desnos (although I feel like the translation of this one that is used is disappointing; it doesn’t keep any of the rhythm or rhyme of the original French version). The illustrations to me are less appealing than the poems. While Yoon’s techniques are meant to resemble children’s drawings, and her use of only three colors is interesting and a bit clever, I felt that overall the illustrations come off as sloppy and ugly.

ArapahoeKayla Jan 24, 2017

I loved the highly stylized and beautifully colored artwork used to illustrate this collection of animal themed poems.


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