A book not yet released, how exciting!
Make Magic Do Good is a collection of poems from an author who has gained some recent popularity, Dallas Clayton. His previous books have been the Awesome Book series, and this is his first published poetry collection for kids. I’m going to give you a sneak peak because this book won’t be on shelves for another month 🙂
(The text is unreadable, I know, but at least you can see the pictures!)
The book is full of playful poetry and cute illustrations that will surely capture a child’s attention. The advance reading copy’s pictures are not yet in color, but the final product is sure to be a delight to the eye (as are these sample pages from Amazon). The poems range from the whimsical “A Blue Apple” to the sweet “Love Song” to the serious “Life in a Cave.” “Try” is a short poem about trying, even if you fail, “Xavier Xing Xu” is about the unappreciated letter X, and “Colors” imagines a world where one store sells all the colors imaginable and the rest only sell gray.
Poems like “Real Live Dragon” will be a favorite with the younger set, who can enjoy the shorter poems and the rhyming cadence. A word of warning however, as many of the poems have implicit morals that young children will probably not understand, such as “live like there’s no tomorrow” and “change your perspective.” They can still enjoy the wordplay and fun illustrations, but wait until children are older to discuss the deeper meaning behind these poems. The good thing about that is that this book can be read by children both young and older!
I’ll leave you with the poem printed on the back cover of the book:
I wrote this book to remind you that you’re magic.
You reading this.
You right now.
You here and you there.
You’re something special,
and I hope
you get a chance
to make your own book
or paint your own picture
or build your own rocket ship
or find you own kind of happiness
and that you get a chance
to share it with the rest of us
just like I got this chance
to share my happiness
Oh yes, and the book is released November 13th!
You can preorder a copy on Amazon here.