calef brown

calef brown

when our kids were young we were desperate for good children’s books. there are so many, and yet so many terrible ones. among our very favorites were the books of calef brown, including “polka bats and octopus slacks,”¬† and “flamingoes on the roof.” his verses were just exactly right–silly enough to make the kids laugh, sneaky wise enough to hold our overtaxed young parent attention. this photo reminds me of one of his poems, called “skeleton flowers.” i recommend finding the original. thank you calef, for a lot of bedtimes that were a lot less soul sucking than reading about big purple dinosaurs.

poppy pods

  • Carol says:

    I gave polka dot bats to my adult children one Christmas after hearing it read by Scott Simon and Daniel Pinkwater on NPR. We read it outloud all the day long and laughed our asses off.

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  • Kate says:

    A beauteous bouquet! How did we get two kids through childhood without hearing about Calef Brown??

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