This is undoubtedly the best poetry book I have ever read. Right from the first one, which incidentally is the title of the book, ‘Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards,’ this collection of thoroughly entertaining poems takes a look at life in a humorous way through the eyes of a child.
As a parent and grandparent I loved the way the author has captured their innocence. Covering all sorts of topics, they are all so entertaining, imaginative, original and so very funny. The icing on the cake is that they are delightfully illustrated with line and ink drawings which perfectly capture their essence.
Did I have a favourite, honestly, I loved too many to put a finger on one, however, if I had to choose, it would be out of these… I really loved ‘I’ve Glued My Brother’ and ‘Father’s Moustache’, however very close behind came ‘Omelet City’ and, for me, the poem whose title could have been an alternative title for this book “Life is Real Magic.’
Whether you are an avid fan of poetry, a parent who fancies a laugh, or someone looking to buy their first poetry book, I cannot recommend this one highly enough, and I for one am looking forward to reading more from this talented poet.
About the Author: E. Michael Lunsford is a published author, poet and playwright. He is also a lyricist, composer, pianist, guitarist, non-fiction and children’s book writer, inventor, entrepreneur, UI designer and mobile app developer. Although he holds 27 patents and has written 14 books on computer technology, his current passion is plays, musicals and children’s books.
His book of wacky kid’s poems, Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards, was published in 2014 and his Halloween play, Scary, Scary Night, was published as a comedy in 2014 and as a musical in 2015. The comedy was subsequently selected as a finalist by the Shawnee Original Playwright Series in January, 2015 and as a semi-finalist in the annual Playwrights First contest in New York in March, 2015. The musical was also selected as a semi-finalist in Caryl Crane Youth Theatre’s 2015 Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival in March, 2015.
He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the South Bay Writers Club, the NYC Playwrights Group and other creative arts organizations. With his wife and love of his life, Merlyn, he lives and works happily in San Carlos, California.
About the Book: Life is real magic, if you know what I mean
‘Cause I can make movies by thinking a scene;
And I can pretend I’m a blue submarine
(Or maybe I’ll even pretend that I’m green)
Or I can imagine a big tangerine,
Or thousands of monkeys up on the screen,
Or an elephant in a designer blue jean—
Grab your ticket to the wonderful world of the whimsically weird. In this charming collection of wacky kid’s poems, you’ll find out why we’re throwing the pumpkin away, how we’re selling father’s mustache, when little sister got elephant ears, where little brother got glued, and what’s important about knee joints. Meet Cantankerous Sam, the Garbage Man; Harrie Carrie the Bearded Lady; The Wizard who looked like a Lizard; and the Grumbly Grump of Nottingham Dump.
E. Michael Lunsford’s delightful collection of illustrated poems is surprising, inventive, kooky and—most of all—hilarious.