Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted today by Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference.
My selection is "Absolutely Wild: Poems" written by Dennis Webster and illustrated by Kim Webster Cunningham.
This father/daughter team is, unsurprisingly, an ideal pairing. Webster's couplets and quatrains are reminiscent of Ogden Nash or Edward Lear. The humorous verses celebrate a variety of unusual animals from Gnus to Yaks. The verses are energetic, sometimes silly, and always entertaining.
Here are the first four lines from the "Yak"
A shaggy species is the yak
With hairy front and hairy back
It isn't very hard to spot him
Cunningham's hand-colored linoleum prints are lively and detailed renderings that highlight each creature.
This is a charming, fun to read-aloud book to be enjoyed by children and adults.