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A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers

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Astonishing children's poetry

By Robert Moore - August 21, 2000

As a book fiend, I have tried to afflict my daughter with as any books as possible growing up. I bought her novels, picture books, pop up books, classics, contemporary award winners, and every other kind of book as can be imagined. But of all the books of poetry that I bought her, this extraordinary volume was my personal favorite. I loved reading it so much to her that I bought a copy for myself, and it now rests on my bookshelf between Whitman and William Carlos Williams (and just before that marvelous lover of Blake, William Butler Yeats). These are not just fine children's poems, they are fine poems. I have sent copies of this to friends with children, and close friends who are widely published poets themselves. All reacted with as much joy as I did. (Must add that I find the 2 star review below to be bizarre and incomprehensible. This is not intended to be William Blake, but poems written in homage to and in the spirit of the SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND... read more

The Beatles Meet Lewis Carroll!

By M. Allen Greenbaum - May 28, 2000

Like some onion-skinned 18th century English manuscript, this books has the look of an old, ambered classic. It's a highly unique poetry narrative, filled with magical excursions and inventive characters, rather like the Beatles meet Lewis Carroll.The fanciful illustrations, featuring Russian Orthodox and Victorian architecture and recalling Da Vinci, Chagall (watch for the flying cow), and medieval manuscripts, are detailed and self-referential (without being overwhelming).The imaginative drawings perfectly suit the richly imaged poetic content: "The man in the marmalade hat bustled through all the rooms, and calling for dusters and brooms, he trundled the guests from their beds, badgers and hedgehogs and moles. Winter is over, my loves, he said. Come away from your hollows and holes."There are strains of Emily Dickenson as well,"'Belief` shall be a boat having both feet and fins." But perhaps this sounds too literary and serious. This... read more

Marvelous Poetry and Illustrations

By Michelle L. Bradley - May 15, 2002

This children's book is dedicated to eighteenth century British poet and artist William Blake. A well-deserved winner of the 1982 Newberry Medal and a Caldecott Honor Book, this work consists of a series of catchy poems with very satisfying and detailed illustrations to complement them.
Each poem has a rhyme scheme of sorts that make them sound clever, especially when read aloud. While each poem addresses a different topic, all the poems relate to each other collectively because they center on the comfortable and cozy William Blake's Inn. Every character and animal appears more than once throughout the book, and they stay at the inn.
One poem that stood out of my mind is entitled "The King of Cats Sends a Postcard to His Wife." The illustration of the poem shows the cat sitting at the breakfast table with William Blake. One part of postcard written by the "King of Cats" said: "Have you set the kittens free?/ Do they sometimes ask for me?/Is our catnip growing tall?/Did... read more

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