I was looking for something new to write about for Poetry Month that was fun to read. There are so many new and wonderful poetry books but nothing was striking my fancy. That is until I came across today's book. At first I thought it was a new Shel Silverstein but on closer look I saw that it was by one of my favorite Picture book authors Karma Wilson. She writes all those cute Bear books.
Outside the Box: A Book of Poems by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Caldecott Honor recipient Diane Goode is a homage to the great Shel Silverstein. They even dedicate the book to him. While the illustrations might look like a Shel Silverstein book on closer examination they reminded me more of Dr Seuss. The poems are quirky and refreshing. They range from funny to poignant and back again. This is the kind of book that can be given to a family that has children of different ages. The poems are great for grown ups too. This is a must have new poetry book for a child's bookshelf or a teacher's classroom.