by Calef Brown

UFOs by Calef Brown

If you have foes
in UFOs,
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!

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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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