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release date: Oct 15, 2019
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There Was an Old Man of St. Paul: The Luxury of Limericks
Edward Lear made the form popular for children, and Anon wrote the great dirty limericks, and Garrison Keillor does both while pushing the limerick envelope. E.g.



Here is a yawp for old Walt

Whitman, who’s well worth his salt

Though sometimes he’ll slip

And just let her rip

And say: “Camerados! What is this blade of grass? Who am I?

Who are you?” And you have to say HALT.




Of course he deals in the vulgar. And the semi-salacious:



Chopin wrote a lovely etude

That, when performed in the nude

By a mademoiselle

Who plays fairly well

Can certainly uplift the mood.




Many are educational, including his 26-limerick abecedary for English majors. And also:



The Confederate general Bob E. Lee

Committed treason quite freely

And General Grant

Beat him up cause you can’t

Attack federal troops…I mean really.


He’s written limericks in honor of friends, members of the New York Philharmonic, his daughter’s teachers, a quintuple for Emily Dickinson, and one for his ophthalmologist.



My eye surgeon, good Dr. Khanna,

Looked through her eyepiece down on a

Novelist’s retina

Who thought he was gettin’ a

Vision of the blessed Madonna.




Woven through the verses are terse reflections on daily life, work, faith, and the old man of St. Paul whose office was a toilet stall.
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release date: May 07, 2019
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Stark Raving Dad: Poems for the Frazzled Parent in All of Us
Finally! The pain of parenting . . . in poetic form! Stark Raving Dad is an illustrated collection of poems (no claims of being Walt Whitman, here) that humorously captures fatherly angst in comedic verse and pairs it with "talented" art from the author's own kids. Now, you can laugh with and at Dad -- together as a family.


Let's be honest: Most gifts for Dad usually end up being a golf club or a tie. But what about the Dad in desperate need of a laugh? Give him reassurance he's not the only father trying to figure it all out.


Over the years Sanderson Dean has turned all his fatherly angst into poetry, accompanied by crudely drawn images by his children. But before your eyes glaze over at the word "poetry," you should know it's more hapless than highbrow. From surviving road trips to being puked on, and from plunging clogged toilets to finding Craisins in the couch cushions, Dean covers many of the rarely talked about adventures that make the journey of parenthood so very exciting.
release date: Apr 02, 2019
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Nearing Ninety: And Other Comedies of Late Life
The newest illustrated poetry collection in beloved author Judith Viorst’s “decade” series (from It’s Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty to Unexpectedly Eighty), exploring, with her signature savvy and humor, what it means to be an impending nonagenarian.

In Nearing Ninety, bestselling author Judith Viorst candidly shares the complicated joys and everyday tribulations that await us at the age of ninety, all with a large dose of humor and an understanding that nothing—well, almost nothing—in life should be taken too seriously. While she struggles to make it to midnight on New Year's Eve, while she’s starting to hear more eulogies than symphonies, while she’ll forever be disheartened by what she weighs (and forever unable to stop weighing herself), there is plenty to cherish at ninety: hanging out with the people she loves. Playing a relentless game of Scrabble. And still sleeping tush-to-tush with the same man to whom she’s been married for sixty years.

Accompanied by Laura Gibson’s whimsical illustrations, Nearing Ninety’s amusing and touching reflections make this collection relatable to readers of all ages. With the wisdom and spunk of someone who’s seen it all, Viorst gently reminds us that everybody gets old, and that the best medicine at any age is laughter.
release date: Apr 01, 2019
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release date: Feb 19, 2019
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Twinkle, Twinkle, Social Media Star: An Internet Fairytale of Fame, Fortune and Followers
Follow Baby Bear in this modern fairy tale as she learns the life-changing magic of social media selfies, shares, post, tweets and more.

Becoming a super star social media influencer isn't easy, but with helpful advice from classic nursery tale characters, Baby Bear is sure to make it big. This delightfully illustrated, rhyming parody for adults offers a humorous take on the world of social media.
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release date: Jan 08, 2019
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The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump
What if there's a hidden dimension to Donald Trump; a sensitive, poetic side? Driven by this question, Rob Sears began combing Trump's words for signs of poetry. What he found was a revelation. By simply taking the 45th President of the United States' tweets and transcripts, cutting them up and reordering them, Sears unearthed a trove of beautiful verse that was just waiting to be discovered. This groundbreaking collection will give readers a glimpse of Trump's innermost thoughts and feelings on everything from the nature of truth, to what he hates about Lord Sugar. And it will reveal a hitherto hidden Donald, who may surprise and delight both students and critics alike. Now with twelve all-new poems as we lurch deeper into the Trump presidency, this timely publication also includes Sears' scholarly footnotes and introduction, in which he excavates new critical angles and insights into the President's poetry which the casual reader might initially overlook.
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release date: Dec 31, 2018
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Love Poems for Married People
Based on his wildly popular New Yorker piece, Thurber Prize-winner John Kenney presents a hilarious collection of love poems for, well, married people.

First published on Valentine's Day in 2016, John Kenney's collection of poems for married people quickly became one of the most shared New Yorker pieces of all time. Full of hilarious wit, dynamic energy, and a heavy dose of reality, these poems took the seminal genre and turned it upside down and left to dry in the dishwasher. The original selection, featuring a range of topics from parental gripes to dwindling sex lives, is a perennial favorite, skyrocketing to the top of the New Yorker's most-shared list each year, and now Kenney is writing a collection of new poems that dig even deeper into what it's like to be married to the person you love.

I was almost feeling fondness for you
As you gave me a shoulder massage at the sink--
What a small, lovely surprise.
And then you grabbed my boobs and made a "wha-wha" noise.
In an instant, I felt disgust and sadness and regret.
release date: Nov 01, 2018
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What I Lick Before Your Face ... and Other Haikus By Dogs
Imagine if your dog could talk to you. Better still, imagine if it could express its innermost feelings in poetic form.

This hilarious, insightful book confirms what we've all long suspected - that inside every dog is the soul of a poet. From retrieving sticks to rivalry with cats; from cold winter walks to endlessly chasing tennis balls, no stone of a dog's life is left unturned.

With a delightful photo alongside every haiku, this is the perfect gift for any dog lover.

release date: Nov 13, 2018
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Things I Have Drawn: At the Zoo

Perfect funny stocking-filler gift for fans of the Instagram sensation THINGS I HAVE DRAWN.

KIDS' DRAWINGS HILARIOUSLY BROUGHT TO LIFE.


*****
Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if children's drawings were real?

Wonder no more. Global Instagram sensation THINGS I HAVE DRAWN does just that - and the results are AMAZING.

8-year-old Dom and 6-year-old Al are brothers who love to doodle, and then Dad Tom painstakingly transforms their creations into photorealistic scenes. Join the family on a trip to the zoo and laugh your socks off at all of the weird and wonderful creatures, including a gurning goat, a terrifying polar bear and a rather smug looking flamingo.

Spectacularly funny and slightly disturbing, this book is packed with previously unseen material and the brilliant before-and-after images that have made @thingsihavedrawn such a cult hit.

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