Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, By Joyce Sidman – The Newbery Project

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Dark Emperor

For it’s wild and it’s windy

way out in the woods,

where the moss grows like candy

and the hunting is good,

where the rain falls from heaven

and mud’s underfoot.

It’s wild and it’s windy

way out in the woods.

Beautiful poetry. Gorgeous illustrations. I wonder that it didn’t win a Caldecott too.

So many mysterious words surrounding and being surrounded by the brilliantly colored, yet eerie illustrations of Rick Allen. (Can you find the salamander on every page?)

I’ve admitted before that I’m not much of a poetry buff, but it’s hard not to appreciate the alliteration in “It’s wild and it’s windy way out in the woods.” I suspect I’ll be repeating that line to myself for the rest of the day.

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, By Joyce Sidman; Illustrated by Rick Allen

Newbery Honor – 2011

AR Level: 6.1; Lower Grades

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4 responses »

  1. Thanks for this — especially the line you quote (reminds me of “Wanda the witch lived somewhere west of Washington” — from Sesame Street). I’m prepping for a post on Poetic Newbery’s (there are 4), and you’ve inspired me.

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