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Polkabats and Octopus Slacks: 14 Stories

by Calef Brown

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A collection of silly poems and verses.
  haldemac | Mar 12, 2012 |
Funny stories and rhymes.
  haldemac | Feb 11, 2012 |
Polkabats and Octopus slacks is a book of poems which will make you laugh at their calm absurdity. The poems involve many odd things, including sleeping fruit, skeleton flowers and invasive snails.
  iclairei | Nov 30, 2009 |
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Author and illustrator Calef Brown is a blue elephant, we're told on the back flap of the book, and we half-believe it, judging from this exuberant, unforgettable collection of 14 ultra-hip rhyming stories about everything from sleeping fruit to a funky--and we mean funky--snowman. In comical folk-art paintings, bathed in truly delicious colors, we meet Ed. "Introducing Ed, / with cherries on his head. / He says, 'I like the color,' / So all his stuff is red..." One odd hamlet is described like this: "Clementown is greenish, / the people tall and leanish, / the dogs bark very loudish, / but not because they're meanish." Brown sings the praises of "Snails" as well: "...they don't make threats, / they don't eat meat, / they don't place bets, / they almost always pay their debts / and never puff on cigarettes." These poems are as nonsensical as Edward Lear's, but clearly for modern hipster kids, and, well, adults, too. (Click to see a sample spread. Illustrations © 1998 by Calef Brown.) (All ages) --Karin Snelson

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Fourteen rhyming tales about a variety of fanciful topics.

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