This is a fun, silly book that will make any of your littles giggle! It reminded me of reading Where the Sidewalk ends when I was a child! The stories range from brushing your teeth in the morning to going to bed at night…and everything in-between!
I really enjoyed that these poems were grounded in realistic situations that every kid has encountered. Boo-boos, bedtime, nose picking, and so much more! It’s a relatable book of poetry that definitely had my kiddo laughing!
Having written numerous works of nonfiction, this is Lee Hudspeth’s debut book of poetry.
Incandescent Visions explores the meaning of the human experience, as the author encourages his readers to ponder the universe and their place within it and to catalyze their own creative potential. From the sublime shores of the Mediterranean to the majestic expansiveness of deep space, this book contemplates nostalgia, perspective and the gift of love. Through five short yet powerful, thought-provoking chapters of contemporary poems–and a dash of elegant, evocative haiku–Hudspeth takes his readers on a journey across the inner landscape of struggle, triumph, self-realization, and imagination.
What I Loved: As a child, I have VERY fond memories of Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein and reading this book with my daughter reminded me of Silverstein’s books. Each poem is short, silly, and comes with an illustration. I loved that my daughter laughed and giggled the way I did when I was young.
How I Felt: These poems were perfect for a child. They were a big gross sometimes talking about boogers and other things kids find hilarious. They were easy to understand and they were short, which I feel is really important for a little one. Poems spanned only one page and were easy to understand. Each poem is a stand-alone, so my daughter had fun just flipping through the book, finding an illustration that interested her, and we would read that one.
To Read or Not To Read: This is a good book for a elementary school child with easy to understand poems. I would not recommend this as a book that a child reads to themselves as the reading level would be a bit higher than early elementary.
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What I Loved: The beautiful illustrations in this book were just stunning! I’ll share a few throughout my review.
How I Felt:I have never read a book of poetry before, and I was honest with the author about that before I agreed to review this book. It was hard for me to get into the book as a book like one I would normally read. What I kept thinking was that I would love to have this on my coffee table to sift through at different times. The book is broken into different segments and the poems are about that sections theme. Each of those sections are part of an octopus. Such as the below. These little previews of the next section really intrigued me.
Each of the eight arms of an octopus has enough neurons in it to act semi-independently of the brain. Does this make it easier? To have brains in your arms? Does it make it easier to decide; Do I hold on a little bit longer or do I let go?
Section II of The Octopus Curse: A Collection of Clingy Poems by Salma Farook
However, the poetry does not rhyme and that was a bit of a deterrent for me. The poems are short and easy to read, so the book itself is a pretty quick read. For me, it just wasn’t enough to pull this up to a 4 star.
To Read or Not to Read: If you enjoy reading poetry, I believe you would really enjoy this book. If you are interested in trying out a poetry book, this one is a quick read and might be a good start!