Beastly Verse — Poems Illustrated by JooHee Yoon — From Enchanted Lion Books

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“The thought and craftsmanship involved is a visual wonder, adding depth and a mysterious sense of magic to her work. An enchanting read, and reread, for children and adults alike.”—Liam, @wordsandillustrations

For Ages 6-7

Selected for the New York Public Library's 2015 List of 100 Best Books for Reading & Sharing
A Bank Street Books Best Children's Book of the Year 2016 (Outstanding Merit)
A Booklist Editor's Choice for 2015
A Book Links Magazine Choice for the Top Classroom Picks for 2015
Selected for the Society of Illustrators 2015 Original Art Show

Beastly Verse is a a surprising, humorous, and graphically exquisite presentation of sixteen classic animal poems that spark with fun and cleverness.

Poetry and children belong together, and for a long time, the music and playfulness of verse wove itself through children's days and lives. Beastly Verse aims to help return the wonder of poetry to children's lives through sixteen exquisitely illustrated poems, four of which have the surprise and pleasure of being foldouts.

Consisting of playful as well as powerfully memorable poems, Beastly Verse transports the reader into a richly worded world of tigers, hummingbirds, owls, elephants, pelicans, yaks, snails, and even telephones!

A playful romp through verse, rhyme, and gorgeous images, this book carries children into the poetic realm in a way that is not only fun and inviting, but inspiring as well.

Representing poems from Anonymous, as well as some lesser well-known poets, Beastly Verse also includes poems from Lewis Carroll, William Blake, Robert Desnos, Hilaire Belloc, William Cowper, Christina Rossetti, and D.H. Lawrence.

Both short and long, these poems can be read and reread, committed to memory and enjoyed all life long.


Format: New, Hardcover, Picture Book

Published: April, 7, 2015

Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books

ISBN:  9781592701667

Pages: 48

Dimensions: 11.25 H x 0.75 D x 9.75

Weight: 1.20 pounds, before shipping

Rating: ★★★★1/2


JooHee Yoon is an illustrator and printmaker committed to the art of bookmaking. Her art work has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, Le Monde, and many other international publications.

Enchanted Lion Books

Beastly Verse was published by Enchanted Lion Books. We love them, and they can share their vision, mission, raison d'être in a much more articulate way, as I usually as reduced to "Ooooh!" and "Wow!"

"Enchanted Lion Books is an independent, family-owned publishing company based in Brooklyn, NY. We opened our doors and published our first list in spring, 2003. We love books, well-told stories, and illustrations that open up the visual world and deepen a child's sense of story.

We publish illustrated books from around the world, convinced by the power of cultural exchange to inspire curiosity, awareness, and wonder in children everywhere. We reach across time and oceans to find new authors and old treasures to share with a new generation of readers.

We select the books that we publish with great care. We seek out those that we believe children will enjoy and that reflect an individual voice or vision.

We live with the books we publish long before they go to press, and we share them within our communities. We also sleep with many books under our pillows, and we publish the ones that invade our dreams.

We believe in the books we publish because they are beautiful and lively, thoughtful and full of feeling. They evince a fierce belief in the imagination, exploring the inner world as richly as the world around us.

Our books explore the feelings and imaginative lives of various animal and human characters, but they also travel out into into northwest Pakistan, China during the Cultural Revolution and the Levantine world during the golden age of Arab science.

We have published books from authors and illustrators in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Japan, Switzerland and the US.

Books allow us to explore worlds long before we travel and long after. We therefore seek to give children books that will help them feel that this world we share, with all its surprising, wonderful complexity and beauty, is home

As we all know, books help children to cross all kinds of boundaries and borders long before they begin to grasp the world through actual travel and experience.

We thus take as our task that of connecting young readers to the wonderfully diverse modes of expression that exist in the world, so that in the end they will feel that the whole world—with all of its wonderful, surprising and very real similarities and differences—is their home."