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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-04 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings

" 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.
" said.

" Since I love all work by Roz Chast, I missed her voice in the poetry. " said.

" Longer poems about childhood that are light and humorous. " said.

"Poems about childhood that should be familiar to anyone who has (or was) a child, with expressive illustrations by Roz Chast, which add to the fun.

Here's one that hit home for me, as my kids are twelve and almost seventeen and they still have trouble sharing space sometimes (on the couch more often than in the car, but still...)

The Backseat

The backseat is a space we always share,
Which should mean half and half-- that's only fair
Imagine, then, a line right down the middle--
A line with which we've promised not to fiddle.
It's meant to keep us each in our own section.

She's over the line.
She's over the line.
She occupies the space
That's rightfully mine.

She's looking out my window once again.
Although it's mine, she'll sneak a look, and then
She'll slowly, slowly, slowly start to slide
Till part of her are clearly on my side.
"Get back! Get back!" I'll constantly repeat.
"You really don't need more than half a seat."

She's over the line.
She's over the line.
She occupies the space
That's rightfully mine.

She knows that what she's doing is improper.
But on she comes, and how am I to stop her?
'Cause even if that scooch becomes a skitter
Dad says that I'm not allowed to hit her.
There's just one way to stop her sneaky tricks:
I'll build a wall along the line-- made of bricks.
" said.

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