A Spectacular Selection of Sea Critters: Concrete Poems

illus. by Michael Wertz. 32p. ebook available. Millbrook. Oct. 2015. lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9781467721523. LC 2014041354.
K-Gr 3—A dazzling compilation of concrete poetry that highlights marine life, this book lives up to its title. Franco's delightful rhymes and rhythms bring to life the sights and sounds of the sea, while Wertz's vibrant illustrations enhance the poetry and set the tone effectively. The playful design makes the selections appear to swim across the page. However, the text is often difficult to read due to the font and color scheme, which may deter beginning readers. All the same, the poems are enjoyable, and more experienced readers will appreciate the concrete poetry format.
VERDICT A great addition.

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