Because I Could Not Stop My Bike ... and Other Poems

Because I Could Not Stop My Bike ... and Other Poems


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Karen Jo Shapiro's lighthearted take on some of the most celebrated poems from English and American literature will bring a smile to readers everywhere. Twenty-six hilarious poems fill the pages of this book, and many of them should sound familiar — if just a little off. From a little dog's version of Shakespeare to the fractured homage to Emily Dickinson of the title poem, these verses will have you laughing faster than you can say "iambic pentameter." With Matt Faulkner's witty illustrations, this is one poetry book that's pure fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580891059
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 02/28/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 389,111
Product dimensions: 8.56(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Karen Jo (KJ) Shapiro is a mother, psychologist, and the author of I MUST GO DOWN TO THE BEACH AGAIN AND OTHER POEMS and BECAUSE I COULD NOT STOP MY BIKE AND OTHER POEMS. An avid poetry lover since childhood, she majored in English and Spanish at Colby College where she studied many of the poems and poets that inspired her children's books. She got her graduate degree in psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Karen Jo is a member of the National Register of Psychologists, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Association of Booksellers for Children.

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Because I Could Not Stop My Bike ... and Other Poems 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
CecilyK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This little book was a gem among the gazillions of children's poetry books available. The illustrations are cute and comical, but the funny sendups of some of the most popular poems in the English language are just perfect! The title poem is probably the most effectively executed (with apologies to Emily D), but another favorite is 'O Mommy, my mommy!' I enjoyed reading snippets of this to my elementary school students. They had no idea that they were getting (sort of) real literature!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am giving a copy to all four of my children to read to the grandchildren and will keep a copy at my house to read. The first time I read it to my 4 year old grandson, I had to read it over and over again. The pictures all delightfully convey the humor and wit in the poetry. Love it!
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