Please Bury Me in the Library by J Patrick Lewis Poetry Book Review


Lewis, J. Patrick. Please Bury Me in the Library. Harcourt Books: Orlando, Florida. 2005. ISBN: 0152163875

Plot Summary:

An adorable book filled with cute poems about reading, writing, and libraries. Fun for any class working on a poetry unit!

Critical Analysis:

These poems are so cute! They are short and funny and will be sure to keep the audiences attention, no matter how short their attention span. The rhymes are childish, so it’s a good thing it’s a kids book. However, they are still entertaining enough for adults. In large part due to the wonderful word play and puns. I laughed through several of these. The books strongest point was that it shows different forms of poetry, including haikus, rhyming quatrains, rhyming couplets, and more.

Review Excerpt:

From School Library Journal: “A semi-swell collection of 16 poems celebrating books, reading, language, and libraries. Subjects range from Otto the Flea (who writes, of course, his “Ottobiography”) to “The Big-Word Girl” (who takes her Webster’s to the movies) to “Great, Good, Bad” books (“A bad book owes to many trees/A forest of apologies”).”

From Booklist: “His homage to reading salutes all the essential elements: letters, words, books. Lewis’ poetry is continually clever, whether pithily summing up children’s classics (a book that is excitedly read by a kid of 6 to another kid of 63) or capturing the thrill of reading in the dark.”

From Publisher’s Weekly: “Like Lewis’s previous witty verse, the poems brim with wordplay, but they sometimes seem to be aimed at adults.”


Other Poetry books for Kids:

Jazz by Walter Dean Meyers ISBN0823421732

Good Books, Good Times! by Lee Bennett Hopkins ISBN 0064462226

Journey Through Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepanek ISBN 0786869429

Other books by J. Patrick Lewis:

Everything is a Poem: The Best of J. Patrick Lewis by J. Patrick Lewis ISBN 1568462409

Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs by J. Patrick Lewis ISBN 1580892604

Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems by J. Patrick Lewis ISBN 0375866906


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Adrinna Davis

Hello there! Not much to me, I'm just your average author and librarian who is obsessed with Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Merlin, Divergent, ect... who is married with two kids. :) And now blogger. I love children's lit and want to share with you all the amazing books I find!

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