Stanza, written by Jill Esbaum and illustrated by Jack E. Davis is the story of a dog (right up my alley!) that is pretending to be someone he's not. You see, Stanza bullies people. He and his gang bite, growl, and knock people down on the streets, and have become a true menace to society, totally enjoying themselves while others are hurt. What Stanza really likes to do though is write poetry...and he doesn't want to be a bully. Yep, haikus, sonnets, you name it, he loves to write it. Unfortunately, he has to keep his secret hobby under wraps or else his bullying buddies will turn to HIM as their next victim.
When a jingle writing contest is advertised and Stanza decides to enter and he wins, the teasing instantly begins. Stanza is embarrassed and humiliated by his friends, until his prize arrives....and then he might just win them over to loving poetry as much as he does!
A very cute story with adorable illustrations, Stanza is a nice pick about poetry for the younger set. Would work as an intro to a poetry unit in grade school or just as a fun read aloud.
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