Friday, March 26, 2010

Poetry Friday

Last week I reviewed Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for my other blog. It's one of my favorite stories from childhood and I've read it over and over again. What I hadn't read is many of the other works by Judith Viorst, whose children's books have graced my shelves for years now. So when I was on recently I happened to notice that they had a poem or two of hers. I love this one. The repetition, the humor, the childlike rhymes. I simply had to share it.

Mother Doesn't Want a Dog
by Judith Viorst

Mother doesn't want a dog.
Mother says they smell,
And never sit when you say sit,
Or even when you yell.
And when you come home late at night
And there is ice and snow,
You have to go back out because
The dumb dog has to go.

Mother doesn't want a dog.
Mother says they shed,
And always let the strangers in
And bark at friends instead,
And do disgraceful things on rugs,
And track mud on the floor,
And flop upon your bed at night
And snore their doggy snore.

Mother doesn't want a dog.
She's making a mistake.
Because, more than a dog, I think
She will not want this snake.


Salt said...

You need some Alan Katz. The children's book guy, not the health care guy.

Since I know you dig illustrations, those are done by David Catrow.

My kids have the two bathtub ones, and my son has checked the Polite one out of the library.

I challenge you to pick up one of these books, and not crack up trying to sing his insane lyrics.

Take me out of the bathtub
Take me out of the suds
I've been here soaking since half past two
I feel so sudsy and wrinkl-y too
Oh, I washed all over my body
My head my toes, in between
I used one, two, three bars of soap
Take me out, I'm clean!

Cat B said...

Yay!!! I love good children's books recommendations. I'll check out a couple from the library. I had heard of the Take Me Out of the Bathtub book but I had no idea who the writer was.

I'll pick up some books and do a review for YACBB, my other blog. I'll let you know when they are done. Thanks Salt. I love hearing about new children's books.