172 posts categorized "Books"

March 09, 2012

Town Limericks


Have you ever wondered about life far away?
Where peoples' lives are different from ours every day?
This book gives brings you that
The story of Lat
You can see the world changing in every way.

This book is the sequel to Kampung Boy, which we already limerick'd about -- a really fascinating glimpse at life inside Malaysia. 

March 02, 2012

Tyrannical Limericks

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There once was a king who was very small
(Many people almost couldn't see him at all)
But his wants were great
And would not abate
Luckily he would be easily distracted and stall.

We love the Tiny Tyrant!  He is so tiny, yet so tyrannical!  And also so incompetant.  If only all our tyrannical rulers would have as their highest ambition to not be bored, and also bioengineer dinosaurs while they're at it.

February 24, 2012

Shadowy Limericks


There once was a father who lost his son.
But wait! There's a possible loophole which which he could run.
He'd keep his son safe.
Let no harm come to the waif --
But then the tale of his life could never be spun. 

If you haven't before, check out this story -- it's a really powerful exploration of what grief will make people do.

February 17, 2012

Stuffed! Limerick


Everyone has things they don't want to talk about
It's always amusing when those things come out with a shout!
Go back under the bed
Please, hide your head
We don't want you to bring us any more doubt.

Nick Bertozzi does a great job on the art of this humorous story about prejudice and prejudgements in US life today. 

February 10, 2012

Thieving Limericks


The Knights Templar were in a terrible bind
The French Government wanted them out of sight and mind
One knight held the key
To the Templar treasury
So he went away, to a place that no one could find.

For those of you who loved the first book, there will be more!  We're working on having something ready for next year. 

February 03, 2012

Stormy Limericks


In comes a tornado, to turn things around
Because nothing in life can be simple and sound.
Especially when life
Is full of confusion and strife
Maybe it'll get better the next time around. 

This book by Danica Novgorodoff is just gorgeous -- if you haven't seen it already, you should check it out.

January 27, 2012

Silent Limericks


America has been a country beset with strife
The sixties -- not the time for the quiet life.
This story is one sample
Part of a larger example
Of the stories with which the sixties were rife.

If you haven't checked out this book (four weeks on the NYT Best-Seller list this winter!), whyever not?  It is very much worth it.

January 20, 2012

Outer Space Limericks


Small children rocketing about outer space!
They have adventures all over the place!
Until Supermuscleman
Comes in with a plan
Then the kids will just kick him in the face!

Let me just say, Sardine has one of the most excellent cats ever.  It has such a wonderful hat to sit on!  And it flies!  What more could you ask of a cat?  I ask you. 

January 13, 2012

Different (But Similar) Limericks


Once upon a time there was published a book

Here at First Second we gave it a new look.

The fish float on top

On the jacket they stop

The new look gives this book a new hook.

We love the way our designer, Colleen AF Venable, made the new hardcover edition of Same Difference look!  She is super.

December 30, 2011

World War II Limericks


There were three siblings who lived in France

In the days of World War II, they had no chance

To live without strife

So all of their life

Was lived out from a defensive stance. 

This book won a Sidney Taylor Honor for Jewish Literature.  So it is officially very good!

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