Archive for April, 2010

Queen Aberdeen

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010


Let me warn you about Aberdeen–
The bossiest girl you’ve ever seen!
She always ruins our recess
Because she thinks that she knows best.

“That’s not the way!” she’ll often say;
As if we don’t know how to play.
She thinks that she’s our mighty queen–
That snotty, bossy Aberdeen!

But I’ll admit there is a time
When I think she is just fine–
When she takes her sassy noise
And goes to boss around the BOYS!

Marcia SchwartzWritten by Marcia Schwartz.
Illustrated by Brad Sneed.

Marcia Schwartz is a retired English teacher whose first children’s comes out in May: Lobo and the Rabbit Stew More…



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I Don’t Feel So Good

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010


I think I have the worst kind of flu,
My right eye is even blue,
My right hand is now goo,
I have 22 teeth that are new,
Ooh, look at that, I have horns growing out of me too.

My hair is coming out,
I’m gonna die without a doubt,
The doctor even said I have gout,
And what is that you wonder, it’s a disease of course.

My whole body is starting to disintegrate,
I feel like I’ve been smashed by a gate,
I’m not going to be able to go with my friends to skate,
And now I’m going to be late to meet up with Nate.

My dad does not like this one bit,
We don’t even have a first aid kit,
The fire is lit but it does not help one bit,
And guess what I feel like? …
I’ve fallen into a bottomless pit.

I can not control what my left arm does,
My arm pits are growing fuzz.

Whelp, I gotta go play with my friends just cause.

My oh my that was never a lie,
But hey go with the flow,
It might have been an exaggeration though.

Written by fifth grader Max Raber
Illustrated by Brad Sneed.



This illustrated poem was created for Project OpenBook, an experiment in doing good.

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First Birthday Gift Ideas

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010



Following Featherbottom made an appearance on the The 10! Show, a daily lifestyle and entertainment show in Philadelphia. Shannon Choe of Premier Baby Concierge went on the show to talk about her favorite gift ideas for a one-year old’s birthday. Skip ahead to about the 4:10 mark to see our quick segment. Spoiler alert, it includes the words “…a really neat keepsake…the illustrations are awesome.”

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The Seeker’s Lament

Monday, April 19th, 2010

I’ve counted one-to-ten,
And now the game is on.
I’ve started with my searching
To find out where you’ve gone.

You’re not in the hall closet
Or underneath your bed.
And I’m absolutely certain
You’re not perched upon my head.

You can’t be in your toy chest,
It’s full of teddy bears.
I opened up your dresser,
And just found underwear.

I’ve peered down from the ceiling
And gazed up from the floor.
Am I nuts for thinking
You’re not here any more?

Have you gone to London
To sip tea with the queen?
Or traveled to the past
In a time machine?

Are you sailing ‘round the world
Hanging from a kite?
Or trekking to the Arctic
To see the northern lights?

Are you in Nebraska
Wrangling with cowboys?
Or starting up a band
And making tons of noise?

What if you joined the circus
To swing from a trapeze?
Or squeezed into a hive
To dwell among the bees?

I don’t know what I’d do
If you left me all alone,
But sit and cry and pout and mope
And whine and moan and groan.

I guess I must sound silly,
Thinking you’re not here.
You couldn’t have gone far.
You must be very near.

You’re just so good at hiding.
You’re hidden very well.
Exactly where you’re lurking
I have no way to tell!

I’ve searched in every cranny.
I’ve covered every nook.
I’m sure that I could find you
If I just knew where to look!

Matt GovigWritten by Matt Govig.

Matt lives in San Francisco, but grew up in Nebraska. He is a Web Content Strategist with lots of experience being silly. His favorite things to do include taking pictures, writing poems & short stories, and playing video games. He has started writing a novel, but can’t seem to finish it.

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Pies For Sale

Thursday, April 15th, 2010


Pies for sale
Pies for sale
Muddy muddy muddy mud
Pies for sale!

Muddy pie cherry
Muddy pie peach
Muddy pie apple
Fifty cents each

Muddy pie chocolate
Muddy pie lime
Muddy pie gooseberry
Two for a dime

Belly right up and
Give a pie a try
Belly right up
For a muddy mud pie

Wash it all down
With a muddy lemonade
Wallow wallow wallow
In the muddy mud shade.

David HarrisonWritten by David L. Harrison.
Illustrated by Brad Sneed.

David L. Harrison has published seventy-seven original titles that have sold more than fifteen million copies and earned numerous honors. More…



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Propaganda

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Many of you have asked for a one-page flyer that would help explain Project OpenBook. Click the flyer above to download a high-res version that you can print and share with your favorite language arts teacher, pin to the bulletin board, or send to your writer/artist friends.

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There’s a Yeti In My Freezer

Monday, April 12th, 2010

There’s a yeti in my freezer,
A big old hairy guy.
“Abominable Snowman”
Is the name you know him by.

There’s a yeti in my freezer.
That’s what I’m telling you.
Because I asked my father
And he told me it was true.

There’s a yeti in my freezer.
It’s just as I had feared.
Last night we got some ice cream
But now it’s disappeared.

There’s a yeti in my freezer.
I’ll tell you how I know:
He ate my favorite popsicles
And mommy’s cookie dough.

There’s a yeti in my freezer
With the same good taste as me.
He’ll eat a million pancakes
But he’ll never touch a pea.

There’s a yeti in my freezer…
And something I might add:
That yeti in my freezer
Looks exactly like my dad!

Phil HausslerWritten by Phil Haussler.
Illustrated by Brad Sneed.



This illustrated poem was created for Project OpenBook, an experiment in doing good.

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Spring!

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010


Spring!
I never realize
how much I miss you
until you stop by again —
blue sky,
birdsong,
daffodil,
bright sun like a gift
waiting to be newly opened
every day.

I like winter,
like bundling up
in wool and flannel,
scarved and mittened
against the chill.
Love snow.
But there’s that head-bowed,
heavy-booted trudging toward . . .
something.
Something unspoken,
unknown,
until —

Spring!
Takes me by surprise
every time.

Sandy AsherWritten by Sandy Asher.
Illustrated by Brad Sneed.

Sandy Asher is the author of 25 books for young people, including the award-winning TOO MANY FROGS! Read more…



This illustrated poem was created for Project OpenBook, an experiment in doing good.

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Fish Food

Monday, April 5th, 2010


There is a young diver named Lucas,
Whose nose is quite full of mucus.

When he swims deep below,
His nose cannot blow,
So fish eat from his mask while he scubas.
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Jess ComminsWritten by Jess Commins.

Phil HausslerCrappy sketch by Phil Haussler.
(please don’t hesitate to contribute your art)

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Jess Commins is, as she puts it, “a creative word nerd”. She’s also a peach of a gal. She lives in Garner, North Carolina with her husband and son. You can find her at Renewabelle.com and on twitter as @renewabelle.
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This illustrated poem was created for Project OpenBook, an experiment in doing good.

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Big Mama Marley

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Big Mama Marley
Sat on her Harley
Smokin’ a gnarly cigar.

Down dropped a Spider,
Who dangled beside her,
but he didn’t get very far.

Marley glared at the spider
swinging beside her,
puffing her stogy in thought.

Then she swiveled her hips,
Kissed the spider on the lips,
And they zoomed off to go tie the knot!

Written and Illustrated by Brad Sneed.



This illustrated poem was created for Project OpenBook, an experiment in doing good.

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