Friday, August 14, 2015

Poetry Friday: The Popcorn Astronauts: And Other Biteable Rhymes by Deborah Ruddell, illustrated by Joan Rankin

Poetry Friday is a weekly meme, hosted this week by Heidi at my juicy little universe.  Thank You for hosting this week, Heidi. 

Two good things happened to me this week: 1- I had a birthday and celebrated with my favorite Chimichanga dinner from my favorite Mexican restaurant in Manhattan - El Paso Taqueria; and 2- I received a copy of The Popcorn Astronauts: And Other Biteable Rhymes by Deborah Ruddell.

The Popcorn Astronauts is a collection of 21 witty poems all centered around food and the changing seasons.  The watercolor illustrations match the goofy playfulness of the poems perfectly, 
and I knew this was the book for me when I read the poem called A Smoothie Supreme, which reminded me so much of my Kiddo's own strangely concocted  healthy(?) smoothies:

And, I thought, here is the perfect birthday cake poem just in time for my b'day:

The Popcorn Astronauts: and Other Biteable Rhymes will have you and your kids laughing out loud.  This is a wonderful classroom/home schooling book for teachers who are starting to teach their students poetry.  Kids will love the silliness of the poems, and the whimsical illustrations.  There are different poetic forms to explore, and as well as different literary devices, such as alliteration, metaphor, satire, and simile.  

Have you read The Popcorn Astronauts yet? 

This book is recommended for readers age 6=
This book was borrowed from the NYPL


  1. Hi, Alex--I don't believe we've met before. Thanks for joining in Poetry Friday today. The smoothie poem sounds exactly like my kids when I whip up a smoothie that isn't one of our standard recipes. "What's in it?" they ask cautiously as I hand them the cup. Sometimes I lie.

  2. I remember when my kids made such concoctions as the smoothie poem. Welcome to Poetry Friday.

  3. Thanks for joining PF! This book is simply yummy, isn't it? :-)

  4. I haven't seen this book yet, except on the internet. Need to get out the library card. All the young teachers at my school drink those green smoothies for breakfast every morning. I sip my coffee, and meditate on the gross color and sludgy looking consistency.

  5. I haven't yet sunk my teeth into The Popcorn Astronauts, but my appetite is whet for it. Happy birthday and welcome to PF! =)


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