friday feast: gearing up with poem-mobiles by j. patrick lewis, douglas florian and jeremy holmes

Ahem. I’ve known for some time that poets J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian are both crazy. Crazy talented, that is.

Ebullient wizards of comedic timing and wordplay, these two pun meisters should be arrested for having way too much fun. Having tickled the funny bones of kids everywhere for decades, they’ve each published dozens of award winning books that celebrate the many wonderful possibilities of poetry. Such joy! Such cleverness! Such vigorous versifying! Veddy veddy good.

Now, a new book by either one of these beloved poets is a real treat, but having them write a book together is like having your cake and eating it two, three, maybe five thousand times. In Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems (Schwartz & Wade, 2014), Mr. Lewis and Mr. Florian have set their engines at full throttle, pulling out all the stops when it comes to inventing 21 crazy dazy cars of the future.

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friday feast: cracking open a few more nuts

You know what they say. It takes one to know one. And I know you’re nuts nuts nuts!

Nuts about peanut butter, that is. You look hungry. Please help yourself to one of these beautiful Buckeyes, courtesy of Smitten Kitchen.

(click for SK Buckeyes recipe)

That’s it, wrap your lips around that perfect little ball of cream cheese, butter, smoother than smooth peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs and deep, dark chocolate. *swoons*

Now, where was I?

Feel free to slather yourself all over with reckless abandon.

Oh, yes, back to the party! We’ve got four more Peanut Butter Poets on today’s menu: Douglas Florian, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Irene Latham and Charles Waters.  Nothing finer than having grown men go gaga for goobers with such purty poems of praise! And leave it to the ladies to serve up a giggle and a growl! Never know what you’ll get when you crack these nuts wide open.

Spread it again, Sam!

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friday feast: shiver me timbers! by douglas florian and robert neubecker


Time t’ swash yer buckles, hoist the Jolly Roger and twirl yer tricornes. Douglas “Scurvy Dog” Florian has just penned avast amount o’ piratical poems in Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems & Paintings (Beach Lane Books, 2012). Arrrrrr!

Leave it t’ Scurvy Dog t’ brandish his literary wit for a 19-poem feast o’ the feisty that’ll fire up a yearnin’ fer the high seas. Pillage, plunder, blunderbuss, dagger. Buccaneer, commandeer, privateer sneer!

Plus a sulphur stinkpot er two.

Aye, this book’s a prize booty, chock full o’ fun-t’-know essentials about the toothless and ruthless: “Names for Pirates,” “Me Pirate Weapons,” “Pirate Flags,”  “Rule of the Pirate,” “Pirate Patter”! If yer wantin’ t’ be the crudest, rudest rascal er robber, swear by this:


Don’t take a bath.
Avoid all math.
It’s best to yell
And blessed to smell.
Act rash and rude.
Dash down yer food.
Be sure to slurp
And belch and burp.
Take lots of naps.
Hide all yer maps.
Dismay, disrupt,
And interrupt.
Rob, steal, and loot,
But don’t get cute.
Tell lots of lies.
Make alibis.
Don’t change yer clothes.
Yell, “Thar she blows!”

Copyright © 2012 Douglas Florian. All rights reserved.

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friday feast: douglas florian’s french boast

#17 in the Poetry Potluck Series, celebrating National Poetry Month 2010.

   photo by aaton25.

Bonjour, mes amis!

Please take a seat.

 coffee photo by blamstur.

The inimitable Monsieur Dooglas of Chez Florian will be serving you breakfast today. Oo-lah-lah! He has brought freshly brewed café — French roast, naturellement — can you smell that divine aroma emanating from your computer screen? It’s the best part of waking up, non?


French toast
French toast
Fridays I like French toast most
With French coffee that I roast.
I don’t wish to brag or boast:
Coast to coast I’m French toast host.

© 2010 Douglas Florian. All rights reserved.

C’est fabuleux! But — there’s just one leetle problem. Bien sûr, in all the world, there is no finer French toast host than Monsieur Dooglas, and we love his café and his cozy French country inn.

*kisses fingertips*

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friday feast: some poetree from douglas florian’s new book!


Happy Book Birthday to Douglas Florian!

His latest collection of poems, Poetrees (Beach Lane Books, 2010), was just released on Tuesday, and it’s simply tree-mendous! But of course! This poet-painter (or authorstrator, as he calls himself) creates such consistently excellent work, that each new book is a big cause for celebration.

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