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F*E*G : ridiculous [stupid] poems for intelligent children
F*E*G : ridiculous [stupid] poems for intelligent children
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Boston : Megan Tingley Books/Little, Brown and Company, c2002.
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48 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
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Ridiculous poems for intelligent children.



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J 821.914 HIRS Book Juvenile Nonfiction
J 821.914 HIRS Book Juvenile Nonfiction

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Appealing to word lovers of all ages, "F E G" is a playful collection of 24 original poems in which each individual poem is a puzzle using wordplay. Full color.

Author Notes

Robin Hirsch is truly a Renaissance man. Writer, performer, producer, restaurateur, former Oxford and Fulbright Scholar, he is the author of the acclaimed memoir Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinski and of Mosaic: Fragments of a Jewish Life, his award-winning solo performance cycle with which he has toured Europe and the United States. When he is not writing or performing, the author can usually be found at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village, of which he is co-owner.
Ha is the pen (or should we say paintbrush?) name of an acclaimed artist whose illustrations have appeared in major magazines both in the United States and abroad, including a number of covers for the New Yorker. His work has won numerous awards and has been exhibited internationally. A native of Canada, Ha lives in Los Angeles

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Hirsch, two of his children, and an imaginative illustrator have come up with an unusual book that is sure to inspire wordplay in language-loving readers. The first poem, "F*E*G," is a variant of the ABC rhyme every child learns: "Abie's seedy effigy-." Puns, palindromes, acrostics, and literary references of all sorts abound in the selections that follow, but the sense of fun and experimentation is never forgotten. "Eye Rhyme" goes like this: "Underneath a shady bough/I'm startled by a sudden cough/I fear that someone wants my dough/And figure that I've had enough." A footnote explains that in an eye rhyme, the poem rhymes to the eye but not the ear. Almost every selection has a lively and interesting note and some are lengthy. Generous white space breaks up the pages in a wonderful design in which the graceful and dynamic pictures are a perfect match for the sly humor of the text. Ha's computer art has a casual and sophisticated look that will appeal to older children. Certainly not every reader will take to this, but some will love it, and clever teachers may find this volume a great way to create enthusiasm for poetry.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In an arch, sophisticated display of literary agility, Hirsch (Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinski) offers a silly array of poems for youthful (and not so youthful) philologists and word sleuths. From palindromes and spoonerisms ("Dr. Spooner Writes the Menu" serves up such treats as "a chilled grease sandwich" and "brightly leaded chalk pops") to alliteration, haiku, onomatopoeia and more, he commits flagrantly nimble wordplay, tongue firmly planted in cheek. Hirsch is in splendid form, whether penning a sonnet to his son ("Nay, thou art more precious than a Snickers Barre") that does double duty as an acrostic or yielding to the siren song of puns with a poem entitled "Eye Rhyme" ("Underneath a shady bough I'm startled by a sudden cough"), followed by one entitled "Ewe Rhyme" ("There once was a man whose name was Lou Whose favorite dish was lamb ragout He liked nothing better than a stew" even author Annie Proulx makes an appearance). Although the running commentary comes off as a tad solipsistic ("We made up `Ewe Rhyme' as a companion for `Eye Rhyme.' We managed to come up with 21 different ways of spelling the same sound"), and the pages grow crowded with these fussy footnotes packed with definitions and etymological roots, the asides are often witty ("All work and no plagiarism is no fun at all") and discerning readers will discover plenty to appreciate. Debut children's illustrator Ha's frolicsome computer-generated graphics keep pace with the verbal acrobatics, and the energy he brings to the pages with his shapes and squiggles displays a certain Chris Raschka-esque flair. Could the title be a play on "effigy" (the titular poem suggests it may be)? Ages 10-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-7. In his General Noncritical Tragical-Comical-Historical-Pastoral Introduction, Hirsch (an author, performer, and producer, who also runs a restaurant) writes, «these poems are all the result of fooling around.» The foolers are Hirsch and his two young sons, and, clearly, they've had a field day playing with words. The results are a gallimaufry of verses packed with puns (both visual and auditory), onomatopoeia, alliteration, palindromes, spoonerisms, and various and sundry other amusing devices. Most are accompanied by occasionally self-conscious footnotes that explain references, comment on the devices, and define the terms. Further definitions are offered in an appended glossary. Illustrator Ha's computer-assisted graphics are eye-catching companions, clever, colorful, and always appropriate. Sophisticated fun for older kids and word-loving adults. Michael Cart.

Table of Contents

Critical Introductionp. 4
Brotherly Rebuttalp. 5
General Noncritical Tragical-Comical-Historical-Pastoral Introductionp. 6
F*E*Gp. 9
You Enter a Poem ...p. 10
High Coolp. 16
Eye Rhymep. 17
Ewe Rhymep. 18
Catop. 20
Murder Most Vowelp. 21
A Palindrome Is Not a Palindromep. 22
But Not Now a Wonton Tubp. 23
Flushp. 27
Counting to Infinityp. 29
Dr. Spooner Writes the Menup. 31
Sonnetp. 33
Learning to Drivep. 36
Professional Aspirationsp. 37
ITp. 40
Ah, Artp. 45
Glossaryp. 46
Envoip. 48