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In the Middle of the Night: Poems from a Wide-Awake House

illus. by Angela Matteson. 32p. Wordsong. Mar. 2019. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781620916308.
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K-Gr 4—When a little girl drifts off to sleep in her bed, all of her toys come alive to play. From a capless marker to a comb, the toothpaste and the toilet, even items outside her house take advantage of the nighttime experience. Each poem addresses a different item's adventure and the poems range in style: rhyming, free verse, acrostic, two-voice poems, concrete poems, and more. Matteson's whimsical illustrations channel the playful tone of the author's words. The artist utilizes brushstrokes and movement lines to emphasize the playful nature of each character while Salas explores emotions, reactions, and inner thoughts of seemingly everyday items. Children can enjoy this title on their own, but it also can be used to illustrate poetic devices and styles.
VERDICT This title is highly recommended for elementary libraries.-Lia Carruthers, Gill St. Bernard's School, Gladstone, NJ

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