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Review of <i>Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night</i> by Joyce Sidman

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Review of Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

City

Boston, MA

Date of Publication

2010

ISBN

9780547152288

Date of Review

2012

Disciplines

Library and Information Science | Modern Literature

Keywords

Children's literature, reviews

Review

Dark Emperor is a rich collection of poetry about the nocturnal happenings of a forest and its inhabitants. Some highlights would be the title poem Dark Emperor, which details the owl nightly hunt, I am a Baby Porcupette, a poem about a baby porcupine and its mother, and Moon’s Lament, an ubi sunt poem about the death of the heroic night with the rising of the sun. The illustrations are delicate and detailed, conveying the natural and dark beauty of each poem’s subject. Information about the animals is included in small print next to each illustration, educating the young and aspiring naturalist on each creature’s nightly habits. This book illuminates the misperceived dark and creepy forest, making it a lively and rhymed center of activity, dispelling any fear. This book would be wonderful for any science or English class. Highly Recommended. Ariel Foshay Bacon, Centennial Library Intern, Cedarville University

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