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You Are What You... The Untied Shoelace & Other Revealing Poems
by Alexander Jenny  Jenn Maynard, Illustrator 

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Publisher:  Fumblefingers Press ISBN-10:  0967422744 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1 2000

Fumblefingers Press

What makes

Come along on an inner exploration as Alexander Jenny gleefully ponders one of life's great questions in this collection of wacky-wise poems. Meet a Creature of Habits, Brain-Sucking Monsters, Katie (who ate a katydid) and many others.

(From the Publisher)
You Are What You... is a children's book of poems about what makes us who we are. Interestingly, we find that adults are also drawn to the book, with its playful insights on the many forces that tug at us like taffy, shaping and defining us.

But first and foremost the book is meant to be fun. Kids not surprisingly eat up such poems as "Katie Ate a Katydid"--a tale of peer pressure taken to buggy extremes. "The Marble and the Pebble" will be especially appreciated by anyone who has lived a little. And the centerpiece poem "The Untied Shoelace" has something to tickle or tweak almost everybody.

With over 50 poems in all, part of the fun is finding that one poem which is most

-- Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Yay! It's nice to see a truly original book for a change!"
-- Gregory Lauzon, Staff Writer, FamilyFun Magazine

"A fascinating and delightful collection about what makes us who we are."
-- Midwest Book Review
(you are your friends)

Katie ate a katydid
Then Dottie did 'cuz Katie did
Then Trina, Bruce and Bonnie did
'Cuz Kate was keen, and Kate was cool--
If Kate ate bugs, then that's the rule!
And Melvin just threw up.

The grossest, most amazing feat!
To eat an insect whole, complete!
If Katie did, it must be neat!
So Hector, Biff and Wendy Lou
Gulped one apiece, and Tim ate two,
And Melvin tossed his cookies.

Soon all the friends that Katie had--
Lucinda, Linda, Kit and Chad--
Were bitten by Kate's buggy fad.
Serina, not to be outdone,
Ate several purple furry ones
And Melvin lost his lunch.

Before she knew it, Kate's creation
Had spread the globe and swept the nation--
An insect-dining infestation!
Midge ate moths 'most every day,
June bugs went down April Mae,
Ann ate ants on melted cheese,
Freddy made a feast of fleas,
Lester chomped a lighting bug
And glowed until they pulled his plug,
Sue's breakfast had a billion eyes,
Nick snacked on sacks of dragonflies,
Chris ate crickets twice his size,
And Melvin hurled like cannon fire.

Reporters came--and TV too!--
To make a major bugaboo
Of Kate's unsavory derring-do,
Which led her friends, each single kid,
To do that deed that Katie did,
And Melvin barfed on the cameraman.

How could she be so brave and bold?
Please Kate, your story must be told!
Why did you gobble down that bug?
Then Katie blushed, and gave a shrug,
"I had to yawn," was Kate's reply,
"I opened up and -oops!- that fly
Flew in, and that's the reason why."

...And Melvin, who never ate a single bug,
Felt very left out.

Professional Reviews

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Gregory Lauzon, Staff Writer, FamilyFun Magazine
Yay! It's nice to see a truly original book for a change!

Midwest Book Review
A fascinating and delightful collection about what makes us who we are.

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