If you have foes
you’d better watch the skies.
Angry martians popping by—
not a nice surprise.
If you have pals
from outer space,
that could be a plus.
Instant rides to anywhere
surely beat the bus.
— Calef Brown
Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved. From Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems About Just About Everything. Henry Holt & Co.. Illustration by Calef Brown. Reprinted by permission of the author.
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From Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems About Just About Everything
Winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Honor Award
Winner of the Lion & Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry
An NEA Educator Recommended Book
This is the first longer-format, middle-grade collection from #1 New York Times–bestselling author-illustrator Calef Brown. Moving away from the picture book format offers Calef the opportunity to tackle a variety of themes and poetry styles as well as reach a slightly older audience. Hypnotize a Tiger is chock-full of Calef’s zany black-and-white artwork and features his wonderfully inventive characters and worlds―from the “completely nonviolent and silent” Lou Gnome to Percival, the impetuous (and none-too-sensible) lad who believes he is invincible, to Hugh Jarm (who has a huge arm, natch!). It’s a whimsical world: creative, fun, and inspiring!