Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tween Tuesday: Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Poetry

Release Date: 9/6/2010

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About the Book: What happens at night? 12 poems explore animals and plant and their nighttime activities.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This book wasn't even on my radar until it won a Newbery Honor and I'm glad it won which forced me to pick it up and read it.

I'll admit I'm not the biggest fan of poetry, but Ms. Sidman's poems are very enjoyable. She has a very lyrical style and I can easily see this poems being read aloud to all ages. The illustrations are detailed and done in a linoleum-block printmaking technique that stands out. It gives the illustrations a dark, atmospheric feel and you feel as though you are in the woods with the animals.

I liked that not only are there poems about animals, but the moon, trees, and plants. Accompanying each poem are short factual paragraphs about the subject of each poem. The information is never overwhelming and the author never talks down to the reader.

I would recommend to all ages and for readers of poetry and non-fiction. After devouring this collection of poems, I think it is very deserving on a Newbery Honor!


  1. I love poetry. I am going to have to get a copy of this!

  2. Here's another good one from the same author: Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors. A bunch of 4th graders really liked the squirrel poem from this collection when I read it aloud to them.

  3. I'm also not a huge fan of poetry, so even though this is a Newberry Honor Book I was going to let it slide. I may have to check it out now, though. :)

  4. ooooo, I will have to check this out. I LOVE poetry.


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