hotTEAs of Children’s Poetry: David Elliott

David Elliott is the NY Times bestselling author of many books for children, including the picture books, AND HERE’S TO YOU!, FINN THROWS A FIT, THIS ORQ(HE CAVE BOY) and the poetry series ON THE FARM, IN THE WILD, IN THE SEA, and ON THE WING. He is also the author of the middle grade novels, THE TRANSMOGRIFICATION OF ROSCOE WIZZLE, the EVANGELINE MUDD books, and JEREMY CABBAGE. David lives in NH with his wife and their Dandie Dinmont mix, Queequeg.

 

☕ CUPPA OF CHOICE: My wife and I are dedicated francophiles: French toast, French fries, and of course, my beloved French Press. Oooo-la-la!

☕ HOT OFF THE PRESSES: This Orq. (he say “Ugh!”), illustrated by Lori Nichols (Boyds Mills Press, 2015); Nobody’s Perfect, illustrated by Sam Zuppardi (Candlewick, 2015); On the Wing, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander (Candlewick, 2014). Forthcoming: The Two Tims, illustrated by Gabriel Alborozo (Candlewick, May 2016); This Orq (he #1), illustrated by Lori Nichols (Boyds Mills Press, September 2016); In the Past, illustrated by Matthew Trueman (Candlewick, Spring 2017); and Bull (a YA novel-in-verse that is a retelling of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur) published by HMH, April 2017.

☕ FAVE FOODIE CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Well, I’ll always have a fondness for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs because my son, now 29, loved that book. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, of course. And who doesn’t shiver when she is offered a piece of Turkish Delight?

☕ Visit David Elliott’s Official Website.

☕☕ JUST ONE MORE SIP: Enjoy a poem from David’s forthcoming poetry book, In the Past.

 

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Rest in Peace,
Old Meat-eater.
No list would
be complete
without you.
Tyrant! King!
You thought
(if you could think)
you’d live forever.
The great T. Rex
would never die!

But even kings
are vanquished
when stars fall
from the sky.

~Copyright © 2016 David Elliott. All rights reserved.

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☕☕☕ CAN’T GET ENOUGH: Enjoy this video featuring several poems from On the Wing:

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☕☕☕☕ STILL THIRSTY: Here’s the trailer for This Orq. (he say “Ugh!”):

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☕☕☕☕☕ ONE LAST SIP: Trailer for Nobody’s Perfect:

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Copyright © 2016 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

16 thoughts on “hotTEAs of Children’s Poetry: David Elliott

    1. Love that series too, Linda. I first learned about David’s books when I was a Cybils poetry judge and On the Farm was one of the books we were reading for the final round. Blown away then, and have been a fan ever since.

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  1. I love David’s poetry books, and especially the Orq books–so cute! Looking forward to more of them!!

    Thanks, Jama🙂

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  2. David’s work is so fresh and such fun! Thank you for featuring him today. I look forward to THE TWO TIMS…it looks like a book every classroom will need. xo

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      1. Odd story: since we live in the same town, David and I see each other semi-regularly, and a few years ago learned that – through an odd twist of coincidence – each of us had been inside the others’ house before we had moved into our respective houses! Talk about your small worlds.

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  3. ON THE WING looks like a beautiful book. Orq is so cute, and somehow I’d missed this hoTEA’s non caveman books, so this is great. Also, that poem is just so gorgeous I can forgive him for the coffee! Thanks for giving us a deeper look at another writer!

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