The Tighty Whitey Spider: And More Wacky Animal Poems I Totally Made Up
If you're looking for the perfect children's book for National Poetry Month, look no further. The Tighty Whitey Spider: And More Wacky Animal Poems I Totally Made Up, by Kenn Nesbitt, is the book you seek. It is filled, front-to-back, with fresh, original, hilarious poems on just about every subject you can think of, and it's sprinkled through-and-through with side-splitting drawings by illustrator Ethan Long.
I admit when I read the first few poems in this book, I was impressed...but skeptical. "No one can keep up this perfect rhyming and impeccable timing all the way through a book," I thought. After all, there are 44 poems in the book--all original. I didn't think there were enough words in the English language to rhyme all those subjects.
I was wrong. Nesbitt really outdoes himself. Each poem is full of humor, imagination, and endearing wordplay. And each one really rhymes. I don't mean almost or that-was-pretty-close, I mean they actually rhyme. My favorites are, "My Dog Plays Invisible Frisbee," and "Don't Ever Ask a Centipede," and "My Chicken's on The Internet," and...well darn-it, I guess you can say I love the entire book.
Nesbitt is the author of several collections of poetry for children, and his work has been in school textbooks all over the world.
Have fun during National Poetry Month!