Monday, April 28, 2008

Poetry Monday

Today at the Bluebird Cafe: A Branchful of Birds by Deborah Ruddell. Illustrated by Joan Rankin. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007.

Funny, thoughtful, and lyrical short poems about birds. Anyone who has seen these birds in action knows this poet has captured them beautifully.

Describing the Cardinal in one word -- valentineSantaClaustotallyred. Yup. That's the color of a Cardinal.

Rankin's watercolor illustrations sweep across the page. The Eagle needs a double page spread to capture its flight. And the tostled head Kingfisher is a "blue-streakin' flash" as he dives from one page to the other, catching fish.

"It's all-you-can-eat at the Bluebird Cafe," so enjoy.

Wow. Talk about international publishing. The author lives in the USA and the illustrator lives in Johannesburg, South Africa!

As I write this, The Bluebird Cafe is a bargan book at If you hurry you can get this normally $15.99 book for just $6.99. What a deal!

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This is probably going to be the last Poetry Monday -- until next April. Next month I'll go back to doing Nonfiction Monday book reviews and articles. However, if you want to know what I've been doing in the nonfiction area lately, just check the previous post. I spent the weekend working on nonfiction stuff.


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