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Lois Simmie. Illustrated by Anne Simmie.
Saskatoon, SK: Western Producer Prarie Books, 1984.
70pp., paper, $8.95.
ISBN 0-88833-123-1. cloth, $14.95. ISBN 0-88833-160-6. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Children's poetry, Canadian.
Humorous poetry, Canadian.

Kindergarten-grade 6 / Ages 5-11

Reviewed by Dianne Harke.

Volume 13 Number 5
1985 September

Auntie's knitting a baby bonnet that looks more like an oriole's nest, and a baby suit with a maple leaf, all white and red so that "if they don't have a flag on Canada Day, they can fly the baby instead." The Terrible Tickler tickles your ears with a billy goat's beard and your nose with a pink parakeet. The people of Neet sport triangular feet and Stand up like brooms in the corners of rooms."

Auntie, the Terrible Tickler, and the people of Neet are just some of the fanciful characters that can be found in this imaginative collection of poems. Thirty whimsical black-and-white illustrations add to the appeal of this first book for children from the award-winning author of Pictures (Fifth House, 1984).

Read-aloud treats for the very young and read-alone fun for older ones, these poems should provide further reading for legions of Dennis Lee fans. Highly recommended.

Dianne Harke, Edmonton, AB.
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