Melvis and Elvis

Melvis and Elvis

Book - 2015 | First edition
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Melvis and Elvis is classic Dennis Lee, with more than thirty new poems for fans of his beloved collections, including the perennial bestseller Alligator Pie. This irresistible blend of narrative, word play, and pure nonsense, combined with Jeremy Tankard's whimsical and energetic illustrations, will appeal to both the very young and developing readers.
Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781443411486
Branch Call Number: JNF 819.154 LEE
Characteristics: 36 pages : colour illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Tankard, Jeremy - Illustrator


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forbesrachel Aug 12, 2017

Canadian children's poet Dennis Lee (Alligator Pie), and Canadian children's author/artist Jeremy Tankard (Grumpy Bird) have teamed up to create a highly amusing collection of poems. Tankard's illustrations always complement the story within Lee's words by showcasing key characters, objects, and actions. His characteristic style, with its heavy inks, rounded lines, and contrasting colours nicely fits the whimsical nature of the subjects. Lee really delivers in this book by using some deliciously weird sounding words like "squoze" (the image makes it clear that a toddler thought this), by mixing things up with a variety of poetic styles, and by addressing subjects that children can relate to (ex. bathtime) or find amusement in (ex. Monkeydoodles). He also regularly refers to Canadian locations. Elvis the elf and Melvis the monster are the only reoccurring characters. They tie the book together with their book-reading adventure, and frame the collection with introductory and ending verses. Melvis and Elvis is a fun collection to read out loud with the little ones.

sdodge66 Apr 09, 2015

Great poems that bounce and skip across the page...
from Melvis & Elvis (Dennis Lee, 2015)
Open this book,
And you will see
A secret path
Called POETRY.

Follow the path,
And you will find
A home for your heart,
And a treat for your mind.

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