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My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Boy cites the colors of his moods in poetic slice of life.

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age 8+

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age 8+

Waste of Time!

This is an amateurish collection of drivel with little or no real message. Even the artwork is bad! If you're looking for great poetry for your children to read or for you to read to them then pick up a copy of 'Skipping Across The Rainbow Sea' by KT Iversen! Furthermore, I highly recommend anything written by Dr. Seuss, some (being selective!) of the books by Shel Silverstein, and pretty much anything written by Jack Prelutsky. Since most of the 'classic' books of poetry were not written specifically for children, I would not recommend any of them - especially for younger children!

Is It Any Good?

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In refreshingly inventive free verse, sprinkled with some rhyming lines, MY COLD PLUM LEMON PIE BLUESY MOOD does what the best poetry does: expresses feelings with nuance and metaphors. Going through his day, Jamie encounters typical moments of exuberance, calm, anger, frustration, and sibling squabbles, capped off my a warm family dinner. This book could be a great jumping off point for talking about moods -- and it sends a subtle message that it's OK to have different moods (everybody does), and it's cool for boys to open up about their feelings.

The expressive, stylized illustrations by Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award-winning artist Shane W. Evans (Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom) capture every mood shift and give Jamie, his world, and his common family struggles universal appeal.

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