Spritely music introduces poet Kwame Alexander’s ode to the joys of reading for the youngest listeners. In a friendly and enthusiastic voice, Alexander compares opening a book to peeling a clementine: “Next, dig your thumb at the bottom of each juicy section and pop the words out.” The short poem rewards repeat listening to tease out all of the meaning and imagery, and bibliophile adults will appreciate it as much as their children do. Alexander also reads his author’s note at the end, explaining the origins of his poem. Be sure to seek out the picture book as well—artist Melissa Sweet’s fantastic neon collage illustrations burst off the page and are the perfect accompaniment to Alexander’s warm words and narration. J.M.D. 2020 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2019]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2019
DD ISBN 9780062945280 $1.99
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