Because I Could Not Stop My Bike
Karen Jo Shapiro, author
Karen Jo (KJ) Shapiro is a mother, psychologist, and the author of I Must Go Down to the Beach Again and Other Poems and Because I Could Not Stop My Bike and Other Poems. An avid poetry lover since childhood, she majored in English and Spanish at Colby College where she studied many of the poems and poets that inspired her children's books. She got her graduate degree in psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
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Matt Faulkner, illustrator
Matt Faulkner's first work of art was "Portrait of a Dog," etched into the oak kitchen table when he was five. Fortunately his parents were the forgiving types, and Matt's art career blossomed.
Matt graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and has done work for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes Magazine. Matt is also an award-winning children's book author and illustrator.
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- Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year
School Library Journal
In these delightful transformations of 26 classic poems, Shapiro has taken the rhythms and meters of the originals and made them her own. Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain" becomes "Oh Mommy! My Mommy!," a lament from a kid stuck in the backseat on a long car trip. Edgar Allen Poe's "Annabel Lee" becomes "Macroni and Cheese" ("It was many and many a week ago/ that I and my sister Louise/ first tried out a food that you might know/ called macaroni and cheese"). Each selection begins with apologies to the original poet. Although the best audience for this book might be English-major parents of seven-and eight-year-olds, most of the poems do have child appeal, at least on some level. Faulkner's comic watercolor-and-ink pictures add a light touch that is totally appropriate for this fun book. With apologies to John Donne, Shapiro notes in a brief foreword: "Do not ask for whom the poems are told/ The poems are told for you." Indeed. A great concept with a highly appealing treatment.
ISBN: 978-1-60734-168-0 PDF
Page count: 32
81/2 x 11