Thursday, April 29, 2010

Poetry Tag: Douglas Florian is IT

Did you see Bobbi Katz’s poem, “Medusa” yesterday? Now she has tagged Douglas Florian who offers this brand new original poem “that's connected to the previous monstrous one.” Here’s one to relish!

My Monster
By Douglas Florian

My monster lurks beneath the bed
It's got green teeth, a purple head
A long spiked tail,
And claws to gore:
I told my monster
Sweep the floor!

Copyright 2010 by Douglas Florian used by permission of the author, who controls all rights.

Five fun facts about Douglas Florian
*he was born in New York
*he worked as a political illustrator and cartoonist
*he has his own blog, FlorianCafe
*he is a well-known painter and artist
*he uses many different media in his illustrations including rubber stamps and brown paper bags
[Based on Poetry People; A Practical Guide to Children’s Poets]

Look for these selected poetry books by Florian:
Bing Bang Boing (Harcourt 1994) and Laugheteria (Harcourt 1999)

These animal-themed collections:
Beast Feast (Harcourt 1994)
On the Wing (Harcourt 1996)
In the Swim (Harcourt 1997)
Insectlopedia (Harcourt 1998)
Mammalabilia (Harcourt 2000)
Lizards, Frogs, and Polliwogs (Harcourt 2001)
Bow Wow Meow Meow (Harcourt 2003)
Omnibeasts (Harcourt 2004)
Zoo’s Who (Harcourt 2005)
Dinothesaurus (Simon & Schuster, 2009)

These “seasonal” poetry collections:
Winter Eyes (Greenwillow, 1999)
Summersaults (Greenwillow, 2002)
Autumnblings (Greenwillow, 2003)
Handsprings (Greenwillow, 2006)

Plus, these new picture book poetry collections:
Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars (Harcourt, 2007)
Poetrees (Simon & Schuster, 2010)

Next up: Jack Prelutsky

Posting (not poem) by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2010. All rights reserved.

Image credits:;;wildrosereader;

1 comment:

Jane Heitman Healy said...

What a delight! This pushes the imagination to create other monsters to do chores--or look at household tools in a new way!