As we continue to feature ghouls and monsters, spooks and spectres for our current bimonthly theme, allow me to share another Singer-Grimly collaboration with you. Last week, I featured their Monster Museum. This time around, it’s Creature Carnival! Buckle up, dear friends, for a wild and fantabulous ride.
Poetry Friday is hosted this week by the ever-lovely and brilliant Tabatha Yeatts from The Opposite of Indifference.
For those who have read Monster Museum, there are familiar faces among the children who are visiting this oddly-themed amusement park. There are 24 poems in all in this carnivalesque collection. And as is Singer’s trademark, there is an introductory poem in Creature Carnival and a Closing Time that provides the perfect wrap-up to the entire delightfully-macabre theme.
There is a smorgasbord of chimera-like creatures in this book with Sphinx, Pegasus, Phoenix, Cerberus, Satyrs, Gargoyles, Mermaid, The Kraken, and even a Kafkaesque’s The Fly (among others) joining in the cacophony of critters’ verse.
Marilyn Singer also played around with poetic structures and forms here, which teachers may want to tease out in greater detail – teaching poetry becomes so much more fun with poems like these. Gris Grimly also does not fail to delight and deliver with more strange creatures added into the mix through his illustrations, with the ubiquitous three-eyed crow hopping off the pages and the children having a completely differently-layered storyline going on through the artwork.
My Poetry Friday offering to you today, dear friends is one that caught my romantically-ghoulish eye and my affinity for the weird and the strange.
Beauty’s Cutie by Marilyn Singer and illustrations by Gris Grimly
It matters not that he’s rather furry.
It matters not that he’s got big claws.
So what if when he drinks, he dribbles?
So what if when he eats, he gnaws?
I do not care that his teeth are pointy
Or that his growl makes Father wince.
So many princes turn out beastly.
How pleasant that my Beast’s a Prince.
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