Jan 4, 2013

Poetry Friday: Noisy Poems for a Busy Day


Written by: Robert Heidbreder

Illustrated by: Lori Joy Smith

Published by: Kids Can Press

 Published on: September 1, 2012

 Ages: 4+

Provided by the publisher for review through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.


It's been so long since I blogged my list of the best picture books of 2012- it's been a long time since I took such a long break from blogging, and I missed it! We had a great Christmas and now we are in the Japanese holiday season- a long stretch of winter holidays over New Year's, which has the food and family of Christmas in the west. We are lucky that we get both but it's a little overwhelming!

 My son who has the best immune system of anyone I've ever met and who has never missed a day of kindergarten for sickness in 3 years, got sick immediately after hospitals and clinics closed for the New Year's holiday. "Hospitals close?" I can hear you non-Japanese residents saying in disbelief. Yes. There is a system in my city of one of each type of clinic being open on a holiday, at least. But still, it's a bad time of year to be ill.  Plus I need to keep lovely daughter away from him so she went on her first sleepover and has been relegated to being stuck outside for the last week. Lucky duck!

 To bring the outdoors in to my son I read this lovely book of poems. We have been Robert Heidbreder fans since reading Drumheller Dinosaur Dance, which we loved for its movement-inspiring rhythms. 

 Noisy Poems for a Busy Day captures that joy of action as well as the wonder of even the most humble of every day actions such as teeth brushing. My favourite poem in the collection, Cloud Watch, is about doing nothing but staring at the sky.

 Heidbreder brings us through a typical preschooler's day, from morning to bedtime, stopping at all the fun parts of the day. My children liked the poem Dinner Time best- I'm sure you can see why!

 Scrunchy munch-up. /Sloppy slurp. /Swibble down. /Big belch-BURP!/  "What do you say?"/ "Excuse me!"

 Lori Joy Smith's mouthless children are adorable and her backgrounds, especially the lovely clouds, bring a perfect sense of whimsy to this book of verse.

 This is my contribution to Poetry Friday, being hosted this week by Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme


  1. Cloud Watch sounds like so much fun. An activity I sorely miss. Gone were those carefree beautiful days. :) Will look out for this book in our libraries.

    1. I miss those days too! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I have insta-love based on the cover alone. This sounds like an amazing and fun book of poetry.

    Hope your little one is feeling better!


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