by Calef Brown

Borscht by Calef Brown

Hopelessly lost
in the dreaded bog.
Bloodred moon.
Crimson fog.
The air was like borscht.

This poem is the worscht.
The rhymes are forscht.

  — Calef Brown

Copyright © 2019. All Rights Reserved. From Up Verses Down: Poems, Paintings, and Serious Nonsense. Henry Holt & Co.. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From Up Verses Down: Poems, Paintings, and Serious Nonsense

Enter the delightful world of this long-format picture book poetry collection from #1 New York Times-bestselling creator Calef Brown.

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This stupendous poetry collection is full of zany characters―from Sleepy LaFeete, who chooses to snooze in the busiest spots, to Mister Adam Hatter and the Lovely Lady Wigg, who had a fig banquet and danced a fancy jig, to a guy named Rexx who uses exxtra Xs every now and then. It’s an irresistible feast: whimsical, hilarious, and always inspired. Calef Brown―master of wordplay and whimsy―serves up a spectacular verbal and visual banquet!

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About the Author

Calef Brown is the author and illustrator of thirteen books for children including Polkabats and Octopus Slacks: 14 Stories,  Flamingos on the Roof – a New York Times bestseller, Hypnotize a Tiger – Winner of a Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Award, The Ghostly Carousel and most recently, Up Verses Downpublished by Henry Holt in 2019. He  has also illustrated the work of a variety of authors, including James Thurber, Daniel Pinkwater, Edward Lear, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Brown’s illustrations have appeared in Newsweek, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time, and many other publications. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.

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