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When I had the opportunity to obtain copies of a new to me poets work, I was excited. I love finding new people to read and hopefully recommend. And yes, I will be recommending Emily Morrison. And granted, while not everything in her poetry collection was to my personal tastes, I enjoyed the mixture of classical poems and modern sensibilities. There are rhymes in most of them, some are funny and some serious. The mixture helps mix things up, so you are not rereading the same poem over.
Due to a couple of contemporary themes that did not fit my personal tastes, Lila Duray: A Collection of Delightfully Delectable Poems is a four not a five. However, the artwork by Aileen Bennett is delightful and is a combination of its own character and perfectly support the poetry. And this artwork brought up my feelings on the overall likability of the collection. There is a teapot with a special image on it that is probably my favorite of the entire book, and I enjoyed several. The colors can be both energetic and soothing, and they are minimal detailed, but portray the themes perfectly.
Overall, this is a funny and punny and serious collection all at once. And while not all poems are for everyone, everyone will like something. You can see the inspiration of poets such as Shel Silverstein and the other classics that inspired Morrison. This is a modern poetry book for today’s kids and adults who are kids at heart.
One of the poems in this collection was individually published as well, What Color Is Goodness? Pam McDonnell illustrated this lovely poem. Each line has its own page, the end has the complete poem. The illustrations are abstractly solid. The colors are melting and blending into each other, more to give a spiritual feel than anything truly “solid” to see. It is not a one shot read, or if you are not comfortable. This would be a nice gift for a baby shower, or for an adult. I am so-so with saying an age range for the book, as though it is included in the collection which I say can be an all-ages book (best for probably strong five/six, but seven to 10), it does have a more serious, and yet lighthearted, tone to it. As always, just know your reader.