Week of Reviews: Day 3

Cover image  In a recent post, I admitted that I am not a poet. I may have one or two rhyming stories in my stable, but the majority of my stories are written in prose, not verse. The author of today’s featured review, E. S. Redmond, is a poet, and an exceptional one at that. The Unruly Queen (2012, Candlewick Press) is a delightful read-aloud with humorous watercolor illustrations to match. E. S. Redmond has managed to use and to rhyme words in her story that most people would not even think of. Here’s one passage from the story: “No one was spared from the havoc she wreaked. She had fifty-two nannies in fifty-two weeks. Each one of them left feeling frazzled and freaked, with permanent headaches and hair with white streaks.” From that passage I believe you can discern what the story is about. If I had to use one word to describe this book, it would be clever.

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