If You Were a Chocolate Mustache

Posted: April 22, 2013 in Early Childhood books, Middle school books, Poetry
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If You Were a Chocolate Mustache, by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Matthew Cordell

If You Were a Chocolate Mustache, by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Matthew Cordell

April is National Poetry Month! If you haven’t observed National Poetry Month, there’s still time! I recommend you start with poems by J. Patrick Lewis, current Children’s Poet Laureate. Pat has written numerous poetry books for children, and one of his most recent is If You Were a Chocolate Mustache. There are numerous poems in this collection, all illustrated with line drawing by the talented Matthew Cordell. Some of the poems are short, such as “One Lost Sock.” Here it is: “Quandry?/Laundry./Try yer/Dryer.” Others are longer, such as “Bear One, Bear Two,” composed of four four-line rhyming stanzas. There are concrete poems, such as “The Longest Watermelon Seed Spit,” and other forms of poetry as well.

After you read this book, you will be on a poetry high, so find out more about Pat and children’s poetry by clicking on The Poetry Foundation website.

J. Patrick Lewis with his chocolate mustache.

J. Patrick Lewis with his chocolate mustache.


And since today is Earth Day, here’s Pat reading one of his poems most appropriate for today!

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