On the Edge with Coolhead Luke (Coolhead Luke)

 
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On the Edge with Coolhead Luke (Coolhead Luke)
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8+
Release Date
October 15, 2009
ISBN
1439259836
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Brought to you by the mother and son team that created “Coolhead Luke and Other Stories”, this second collection will engage and delight even the most reluctant readers. Jennifer’s humorous poems and Colin’s whimsical illustrations play off each other beautifully, creating an inventive world in which characters are presented with a bizarre assortment of challenges and absurdities. The poems are composed in an animated, jaunty style that is a pleasure to read. In the midst of the fun, there are teachable opportunities to demonstrate the fundamentals of poetry, including a teacher’s guide in the back of the book. Ideal for ages 8-12, this is a charming collection for children and parents alike.

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Whimsy Meets Wisdom
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Reader reviewed by Lavanya Karthik

After the success of their first book Coolhead Luke and other Stories, the Whites bring us another collection of humorous verse and quirky illustrations in On the Edge with Coolhead Luke. 

Whimsy meets wisdom in these short poems -   The Face of Time and The Metta Four, for instance, are gently didactic, while Misguided Fish Wish wryly describes a pets leap towards freedom.  Spike Speaks is a sweet ode to the friendship  between a little boy and a pet straight out of an Edward Gorey drawing, while Invitation to a Ghoulfest is deliciously creepy, with a neat twist at the end.  Each poem brings us novel characters look how the rather somber-sounding Why ends, for instance, or at the object of a little aliens affections in Love at First Sight! 

Ms. Whites verses explore a range of poetic and literary devices, each further explained in a very useful glossary at the end of the book. The layout is pleasantly minimalistic, with spare black and white drawings from talented young Colin, and is an effective complement to Ms. Whites playful verse.
  
A visual and aural treat for every reader, young and old.


Lavanya Karthik - BookPleasures.com

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A Fun and Inventive Ride
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Reader reviewed by Wendy Thomas

What a fun and inventive ride On the Edge with Coolhead Luke takes you on. From the very first page where there is an ode to Coolhead Luke- a boy of extraordinary bravery, to the last page that cant help but leave you with a smile, this book is a winner all around.


 


In the Shel Silverstein style of fun and humor, each page opens up to a child-oriented poem that is cleverly illustrated by Colin White. Colin is the middle school aged son of the author Jennifer White. This book is their second collaboration, the first being Coolhead Luke and Other Stories.


 


Its clear that these two work well together and respect each other. The poems are funny and perfect for young readers who adore Seuss-like cadence and the illustrations add a unique additional layer of understanding and fun to the text.


 


To help with the mechanics of poetry, the book includes a glossary of terms and a guide for teachers and homeschoolers.


 


This highly creative effort from team White makes this one very special and delightful book perfect for any young (or even older) reader who likes to laugh.


 

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Coolhead Luke Rocks!
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Reader reviewed by Gayle Trent: examiner.com

I highly recommend this book. Not only are the poems and illustrations funny and quirky, some are educational. Take The Metta Four and The Changeling, which features young Sima Lee.

Some of the themes address issues important to children. For example, I'm Waiting details the frustration a child feels when his peers grow and mature before he does. Endangered takes a mythical creature and puts it into a too-real situation. And Spike Speaks illustrates the lengths we must sometimes go to in order to make and keep a friend.

In the back of the book, there is a glossary and a guide for teachers. If you have a child who likes poetry and/or a child who enjoys writing or drawing, this book would be an excellent holiday gift.
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