a meal of the stars: poems up and down, by Dana Jensen with illustrations by Tricia Tusa

a meal of the stars : poems up and down by Dana Jensen with illustrations by Tricia Tusa is a unique book of poems. I am a huge fan of Tricia Tusa's art work and you can read a fantastic interview (from 2008) with her and see some of her work as well as her studio by visiting Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. Tusa's delightful illustrations add so much to the Jensen's playful poems, which are very visual themselves. As you might have guessed from the title, these untitled poems are meant to be read from the bottom up sometimes and from the top down others. Waterfalls, kites, ladders, elevators, giraffes, ferris wheels and balloons on strings are the subject matter here. They speak best for themselves, so enjoy these spreads from this wonderful book. These creative, fun poems will surely inspire readers to write and illustrate some up and down poems of their own!

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