Oddhopper Opera: A Bug's Garden of Verses
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Oddhopper Opera: A Bug's Garden of Verses

4.46 of 5 stars 4.46  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Put an ear to the ground for the clicking, popping, snapping music of this garden grown wild. In verse as witty as it is buggy, Kurt Cyrus conducts a chirruping chorus of voices great and small.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2001)
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Nov 26, 2009 Dolly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Our girls love insects and other creepy crawly critters, so I figured this would be a good book for them. It is fantastic! The poems are funny, witty and teach about the critters in a very subtle way. The illustrations are fantastic and we would spend minutes on each page, pointing out the various creatures and laughing at their antics. Taking place in the remains of a garden, with leftover produce rotting as the Fall turns cold, each page is a separate look into the microcosm of life that exist...more
Who knew so much is going on in the backyard garden? This invites close reading as the reader gets a very up close look at creatures among the rotting leftovers.
The voice changes, sometimes talking at the creatures, sometimes the creatures are talking. This could be tough for younger readers to follow. Although each page focuses on a different creature, there are no headings, giving the impression that we are reading through the book, rather than being able to read a poem here and there.
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This collection of poems describes insects in a garden throughout the seasons. Children will enjoy the gross elements of the bugs in the poems. They will also laugh at the antics of the snail race and the ants as they crawl across the pages. The words of the poems are integrated into the lush illustrations creating a sense of movement as you follow the words through the vegetation.
I liked the ants' comments(poem) moving from page to page, bumping heads. Boink!

The book as a whole was a bit confusing to follow. Some poem/stories follow from page to page, but sometimes get lost.

Great fun for kids and adults, especially at this time of year when the creepies are beginning to crawl.
great poetry for boys who like icky garden bugs!
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