Poetry Comics

Chronicle. Mar. 2024. 96p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781797219653.
Gr 2-5–This book takes the feelings of being a child and intertwines them with the seasons in bright, comic panels of poetry that bring the two together beautifully. From spring poems about tadpoles and snails to winter poems about snow, the seasons are very much a part of this narrative—but this work also includes poems about writing poetry and seeing joy and color in the world. Each page or spread has a title for each selection, and then artwork in panels or full-page boxes featuring the comic illustration of the poem. The artwork is cartoony and bright, illustrating the words with heart and humor. Most of the poems take on a free verse flow, but a few have ABAB or ABCA rhyming schemes. This book also blends in principles of design, which makes it not only a great poetry and comics book, but also one that showcases art design.
VERDICT An excellent collection of poetry that connects children with not only the seasons but also their sense of self, too.

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