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Outside the Box

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Irreverent collection offers mind-opening poems for kids.

Book Karma Wilson Poetry 2014
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Outside the Box lives up to its name with playful, imaginative short poems. Most are silly and spunky; some are flippant and flaunt attitude. All are accessible and engaging, boosted by lively pen-and-ink drawings.

It's a great collection to show how poems can capture a feeling or explore an idea, no matter how crazy or irreverent, and see where it goes. It's a good way to get kids to observe and think about the world around them and the limitlessness of their own imaginations. Clever typography aids meaning in some cases, such as when words fall like raindrops in "Rain," swirl down the drain in "Shower Songs," and float upside down in "The Law of Gravity."

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