Body Music: Poems About the Noises Your Body Makes

Moonshower. Sept. 2023. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781638192015.
K-Gr 2–Short, humorous poetry explores all the different ways the human body makes “music,” from burping, snapping, and creaking, to cracking, coughing, and laughing. “Cough heads north, fart goes south. One by the bottom, the other by the mouth.” Each poem, sans one, is presented on a colorful spread, with text integrated into the picture. Additional information is called out in a sidebar on most pages: a question mark icon identifies explanations behind various body noises. A light bulb icon identifies interesting trivia on the topic, i.e., “Charles Osborne, an Iowa farmer, hiccupped for 68 years straight!” Lively art shows people of various ages, sizes, and skin tones creating and experiencing body noises in a cartoon style. The salmon-colored end pages are filled with speech bubbles containing words for the various noises. These poems work great for read-alouds and independent reading.
VERDICT Funny, fact-filled, and succinct, this title will have broad appeal beyond the elementary aged audience it is intended for. A recommended first purchase.

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