Book Review: Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the NightDark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Poetry is a tough sell sometimes, but who could resist a poem that begins with the words “I am a baby porcupette”? Or an owl-shaped poem about the nocturnal hunter from the perspective of its prey? Sidman pairs each poem with a short explanatory section giving facts about the animal or plant described. Each double-page spread features a gorgeous relief-painted illustration. The details in Allen’s paintings are incredible; sharp-eyed readers (or listeners) will enjoy spotting the tiny red eft creeping through the pages. Serving as an introduction to various poetic forms as well as different night-time creatures, this is a lovely selection for read-aloud one-on-one or in a small group.

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