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Runaway Opposites

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A collection of humorous poems about the opposites of various words.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
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When I was browsing through the library for more books by Henrik Drescher, I stumbled upon this extremely unique little book! “Runaway Opposites” is an odd children's book with poems by Richard Wilbur along with illustrations by Henrik Drescher and this book basically have poems that detail various opposite words presented in a wacky way. “Runaway Opposites” is truly a unique book that every child should read!

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Anna Stover
Sep 23, 2014 Anna Stover rated it it was ok
Wow, I love these poems so, so much. They are in fact my favorite of Richard Wilbur's work, but the illustrations take whimsy to such an extreme that they completely mitigate the awesomeness of the poems themselves. The words are scrapbooked ransom-note style so they are barely readable, and certainly not readable by the audience for which the poems are ideal, kids between the ages of five and eight. Then there are the distracting side words scrapbooked in as well, such as bonkers and bananas an ...more
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Apr 22, 2014 Cassie Peters rated it really liked it
I love the mixed media collages in the book.
Jun 21, 2009 Nan rated it liked it
The illustrations were far too busy.
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Wilbur was born in New York City and grew up in North Caldwell, New Jersey.He graduated from Montclair High School in 1938, having worked on the school newspaper as a student there. He graduated from Amherst College in 1942 and then served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945 during World War II. After the Army and graduate school at Harvard University, Wilbur taught at Wesleya
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