The mark for the highest high-jump on the planet,
Is held by a lady from Newark named Janet.
When she jumped, it was almost as if she could fly.
In a flash, she was just a small dot in the sky.
The judges, they waited, but soon they got bored,
‘Cause she never came down to collect her award.
©Jon Agee. All rights reserved.
Jon Agee's picture books (like Milo's Hat Trick, The Retired Kid, My Rhinoceros and, most recently for me, The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau) are staples both at home and when I read in the school library. And then there are his books of word wizardry. Oh, yes, indeed.
Palindromania! and Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog! demonstrate Jon Agee's palindrome mastery (recently recognized again with his wins in the SymmyS!) which would be enough to forever endear him to me. But he's done oxymorons and anagrams and spoonerisms and tongue tangling poems (in Orangatan Tongs), too. And all of it accompanied by his own wonderfully fun illustrations, no less! Like how can his brain do all that???
It's Poetry Friday again! You can see the roundup of posts over at Diane's Random Noodling. Go on over and check out all the poetic fun being shard in the Kidlitosphere.
Yesterday, Debbie Levy shared The Garden Secret. Tomorrow... Thalia Chaltas with Today's Topic! For more on 30 Poets/30 Days and ways to follow along, please click here.