Friday, September 7, 2012

Polka-Bats and Octopus Slacks: 14 Stories By Calef Brown

Great poetry and art -- I realized how much I missed this book today.

My daughter needed a poem for school so she brought the above book into my office for photocopying. I was brought back to when she was four and didn't really read. Family members read this book to her countless times.

The best art transports the reader/viewer to another place and time. The best children's art does that and gives a sly wink to the parents without darkening the lens. Without further adieu I give you "Kansas City Octopus":
Kansas City Octopus
is wearing fancy slacks.
just got 'em,
fifty bucks including tax.
Red corduroy,
and boy-o-boy
they fit like apple pie.
Multi-pocket snazzy trousers
custom made for octopi.
Fantastic plastic stretch elastic
keeps 'em nice and tight.
Kansas City Octopus
is looking good tonight!
The aforementioned octopus.

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