What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About?

Poems for when a person needs a poem…what-are-you-glad-about-what-are-you-mad-about-9781481423564_hr

Written By: Judith Viorst

Illustrated By: Lee White 

Genre: Poetry/Verse

Published:  Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books – New York, NY, February 9th, 2016

Awards: No notable awards at this time.

Themes: From family to friends (and the not so best friend), school, struggles, fears, seasons, and behavior this text has a collection of poems that covers everything under the sun!

Summary: This quirky text brings the reader into many common life situations through poetry. With illustrations on every page, the poetry and verses come off the page in an enjoyable and relatable sequence of poems. Written in a quirky comical way – these poems are enjoyable to all!

Response: How did the book make you feel? How does it relate to your own experiences? Did you make any connections to other books you have read?

At a young age I never really learned to appreciate poetry – I only read poetry because the texts were usually much shorter than novels. However, if I had this book in front of me, I feel that I would have learned to appreciate poetry for what it is – something that someone can relate to, find meaning in, and make connections with the text. While reading this work, I was extremely engaged and captivated by the flow of the poetry and the illustrations to match each poem. With the book compromised with a myriad of different topics I related and connected with many of them (divorce, no longer having a best friend, poems about grandma, families, etc. I feel that any one could themselves somewhere within this text.

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