I chose to read this book for a few reasons: 1. It was available right away at the library. 2. It was poetry and not too long.
Basically, I knew I could get through it in a day or so. Well, I did get through it. Then I got through it again and again. I am not a poet and if I'm honest, it has never been my favorite genre. This book has easily given me a reason to give it another go. Nikki Grimes uses a method of poetry called the "Golden Shovel." She takes a phrase or entire poem and uses the words from that poem as the last word of each line of her poetry. Obviously she is better at writing it than I am at explaining it. Nonetheless, I was in awe of the artistry and brilliance of each poem. This is definitely a book that I'll return to the library and then buy from the nearest bookstore. I want it on my shelf and I can think of a few kids who would like it on theirs.