- ISBN-13: 9781416900924
- ISBN-10: 1416900926
- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
- Publish Date: March 2009
- Page Count: 170
- Reading Level: Ages 6-10
- Dimensions: 8.8 x 7 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.25 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 48.
- Review Date: 2009-03-09
- Reviewer: Staff
“If you think poems are stupid/ and poetry's a bore,/ ... / and if you're sure this book's the same/ as all you've read before.../ I dare ya, yes, I dare ya: Turn the page.” Early on, Wilson (Bear Snores On) throws down the gauntlet in her wide-ranging book of humorous, often edgy poetry, Silversteinian in its format and sensibility. Coupled with ink-drawn caricatures by Blitt (The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven), the poems range from modern parables (“I'm telling you now that I'd rather eat cow/ than that goo that my aunt calls tofu./ Ew”) to more experimental verse. On one spread, a list of “lovely” words (“moonlight,/ butterfly,/ chamomile”) faces another with “ugly” words (“traitor,/ homicide,/ moron”). Blitt's artwork adeptly magnifies the tones that the poems strike: in “Golden Eggs,” a goose wearing a crown and “Bling” pendant stares at an empty cradle. “[She'd] rather have/ one fluffy chick/ than a million golden eggs.” The darker poems will not appeal to all, but from the silly to the unsavory, there's plenty to provoke and entertain. Ages 6–10. (Mar.)
A turn for the verse
Karma Wilson knows her way around a rhyme scheme. She's best recognized for the catchy rhythms of Bear Snores On and its lovable sequels. In What's the Weather Inside? Wilson engages readers from the get-go with funny and sometimes naughty poems such as "What Your Dog Might Be Thinking" ("I love to munch what the garbage man missed. / I love to give my people kisses. / SLURP!") and "Mom's Diet" ("Whenever we go out to eat, she gets the diet size. / But at this rate she won't lose weight. / My mom steals half my fries!"). Coupled with the simple comic drawings of Barry Blitt, What's the Weather Inside? reveals the multidimensional talents of Wilson, a clearly seasoned writer.