Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

Poems and Paintings by Calef Brown

What it's all about . . .
Twenty-nine nonsense poems, written and illustrated by the fabulously quirky Calef Brown. Visit Weatherbee's Diner (that will serve you flurry curry), meet Medusa's sister Sally, and take a ride in a Barnacle Built for Two. Sound good to you?  

Why it's on the Little Crooked Bookshelf . . .
April is National Poetry Month, so we're pulling our favorite poetry books for children off the shelf all month long. Flamingos on the Roof is loved to pieces here in the Cottage. Who can resist the wacky wordplay and preposterous poems by Calef Brown? 

Our favorite lines. . . 
Whenever you're looking for something to eat,
Weatherbee's Diner is just down the street.
Start off your meal with a bottle of rain.
Fog on the glass is imported from Maine.
The thunder is wonderful, order it loud,
with sun-dried tornado on top of a cloud.
Snow flurry curry is also a treat.
It's loaded with lightning and slathered in sleet.
Cyclones with hailstones are great for dessert,
but only have one or your belly will hurt.
Regardless of whether it's chilly or warm,
at Weatherbee's Diner they cook up a storm!


Our favorite illustration. . . 
From FLAMINGOS ON THE ROOF. Illustration copyright 2006 by Calef Brown.

Why kids will love it . . .
Silliness and imagination reign in the whimsical world of Calef Brown, and his anything-goes style has a way of inspiring children to create their own poems and art.

Why grown-ups will love it . . .
This picture book is sure to elicit giggles as a family read-aloud.


  1. This book sounds delightful! Thanks for sharing.

  2. You are very welcome! Thanks for reading and commenting, Marcia!