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Thursday, July 2, 2009
Vacation We're Going to the Ocean (Poetry)
Released May 2009
Reviewed by Bob Walch
David Harrison's wacky, short poems capture this summer adventure from the time the featured family packs their car until they arrive for a stay at the shore.
Over 40 humorous verses capture various aspects of the vacation. Presented from a child's point of view, the poems range from "Are We There Yet?", "I Gotta Go!", and "The Motel Pool" to "Campground Showers", "Shark!" and "Our Sand Castle".
This isn't earth shaking verse but it will appeal to the intended age group (7 to 9 year olds) and even younger children will get a kick out of most of them.
Here are a few samples of Harrison's wit: "Swimsuits" - People don't care what you see. That suit would be too small on me. "Brother's Turn" - Maybe Sister had a hand in filling Brother's shorts with sand. All I know is, he can't stand.
Silly? Of course they are but younger kids will love them.
Standing alone these very short poems wouldn't be worth mentioning but when you add Rob Shepperson's pen and ink sketches you have something very special. His art captures the essence of each of the poems and will surely elicit quite a few chuckles.