Dakos, Kalli. The Goof Who Invented Homework. Illustrated by Denise Brunkus. Dial, 1996. ISBN 0-8037-1928-0. $13.89. 74 pp. B K-6 PT Reviewed by Wendy Bishop What do you do when you leave your homework at home or forget to study for the test you are about to take? How can you eat your lunch when you hear buzzing noises from your lunch pail and find your once plump, juicy grapes all dried up? Dakos' collection of poems covers all aspects of school life ranging from “The Goof Who Invented Homework,” to “A Good-bye Poem from a Retiring Teacher.” Dakos has brought together 36 poems that share a bit of fun and good humor to season the unsurmountable challenges school-aged children seem to face. The poems demonstrate just how difficult it is to take tests, make friends, and endure until recess time. Brunkus' lively illustrations add flavor to the mood of each poem. Each poem will encourage children to solve their problems with creativity and humor. Even younger children will easily decipher the moral to be learned from each poem. Dakos' fresh ideas make this a book worth reading and re-reading.
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