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Module 3: Poetry Book Review

Janeczko, Paul B. 2001. DIRTY LAUNDY PILE: POEMS IN
     DIFFERENT VOICES. Illustrated by: Melissa Sweet. United
     States of America. Harper Collins Publisher. ISBN: 0688162517.

DIRTY LAUNDRY PILE: POEMS IN DIFFERENT VOICES
 
 
This anthology, perfect for reading aloud to students, is a collection of twenty-seven poems that are written in the voice of an object or an animal as if they were speaking to you.  Paul Janeczko states in his introduction, "In these persona or mask poems, as they are called, the poets let their imaginations fly and feel what it might be like to be a mosquito, a crayon, a kite, a turtle.  It's something like wearing a Halloween costume or playing a part in a school play."  In the title poem "Dirty Laundry Pile" Marcy Barack Black allows the reader to identify with what a pile of dirty laundy might be thinking as it lays on the ground. Ignore me now/On the floor/By the door./But you'll notice/When I swell/By my smell.  This really creates a vivid picture in the reader's mind.  In "The Vacuum Cleaner's Revenge" Patricia Hubbell uses personification, onomatopoeia, and humor for the reader to identify what life is like as a vacuum cleaner. I munch. I crunch./I zoom. I roar./I clatter-clack/Across the floor./I swallow twigs./I slurp dead bugs./I suck the cat hair/From the rugs.  Included in the book are well known poets such as Karla Kuskin, Kristine O'Connell George, Jane Yolen, and Douglas Florian, as well as several lesser known poets.  Melissa Sweet's watercolor cartoon style pictures are delightful and certainly add character to the book. DIRTY LAUNDRY PILE: POEMS IN DIFFERENT VOICES is the perfect book to introduce figurative language skills and to simply enjoy over and over again.  It is a must for all poetry collections.  

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