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Messing Around the Monkey Bars: and other School Poems for Two Voices    by Betsy Franco & Jessie Hartland order for
Messing Around the Monkey Bars
by Betsy Franco
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2009 (2009)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Betsy Franco's Messing Around the Monkey Bars: and other School Poems for Two Voices - from Wild Bus Ride to The Very Best Feeling - is a collection of nineteen amusing poems, 'ideal for reading aloud in pairs' or in groups. Jessie Hartland's antic illustrations accentuate the humor in the verses.

I liked New Kid at School very much. It begins, 'Where did you come from? / Far away. / Miss your friends? / Every day' and ends, 'Got any friends? / Not yet. / Wanna play? / You bet!' Anatomy Class is a fun commentary on language, while Whirr, Whirr, Zing, Zap addresses classroom noises, and Weird Stuff in the Lost and Found lists it all, right down to the lunch box filled with garter snakes!

At the back of this engaging picture book of poems about school life are Adventurous Ways to Read the Poems, with tips tailored to performing each of them.

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