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No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-09 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:0545825784
LANGUAGE:English

" What's not to love--a match between Trillin and Chast. " said.

" Poems about childhood that seem more like they are for those reminiscing than those experiencing it. Includes illustrations by Roz Chast whose work you may recognize from magazines and newspapers. " said.

" Seems to speak down to child readers... " said.

" I am a big fan of both Trillin and Chast, but this book turned out to be a disappointment. The poems were not actually very good. The illustrations were fun, as always, but overall this one really misses the mark. What a bummer. " said.

"Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central

This collection of poems brilliantly covers some of children's greatest concerns-- getting shots, dealing with a plethora of stuffed animals at bedtime, learning to tie shoes, and my favorite, "Who Plays What" which asks "But why is she always the sheriff, while I'm always playing her horse?" As the smallest child in my kindergarten, I was always forced to be the baby when the girls played house until I ran off to play pirates with the boys, who were so surprised that they let me boss them around!

Using a variety of poetic forms, and alternating between long narrative poems and shorter snippets of "Complaints", Trillin turns a deft hand to all of the things about childhood that are not jolly. I am very particular about rhyme and scansion of poetry, and I can't find fault with these verses, although purists will categorize this book as verse rather than poetry. Chast's illustrations compliment these poems perfectly and make this book one that will amuse middle grade readers as well as younger ones.

No Fair! No Fair! deserves a place on the shelf next to Viorst's What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About?, Prelutsky's My Dog May Be a Genius and Hirsch's FEG: Ridiculous Stupid Poems for Intelligent Children.
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" Since I love all work by Roz Chast, I missed her voice in the poetry. " said.

" Awesome childhood poems. Not a one of them was a dud. " said.

" Kids' book, but the poetry is a cut above your average kids' book. " said.

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