What makes something funny?

 

Dirty Dog Boogie

Written and illustrated by Loris Lesynski

This collection of original poems will knock your socks off, and Lesynski has just the poem for that event: Sock Fluff. Her poetry is an invitation to be witty, expressive and creative, and her words demonstrate just how much fun poetry and everyday life can be. Lesynski’s infectious fun with sound, rhythm and beat are guaranteed to win over the most reluctant anti-poetry student.

 

Nothing Beats a Pizza

Written and illustrated by Loris Lesynski

Through Loris’s poems you enjoy language, rhythm, and rhyme—and, most of all, your own creativity. These poems are to be read aloud and shared. They’re jumping-off points that invite kids to exercise their creativity by coming up with their own versions of the poems. Dancing across the pages are illustrations and poems alive with humour, exploring important things in a kid’s world: pizza, substitute teachers, homework, moods, food, and pets.

 

Cabbagehead

Written and illustrated by Loris Lesynski

In her third collection of poetry, celebrated author Loris Lesynski focuses on the often-puzzling ways in which our brains work. With her usual wit and irreverence, Loris presents jazzy, fun poems that speak to all of us. Who hasn’t been perplexed by spelling or chased in the night by an idea that won’t go away? Once again, Loris demonstrates how much fun poetry, and everyday life, can be! Her poetry begs to be read out loud, and children and adults will find themselves unable to resist snapping their fingers and chanting along!

 

Crazy About Soccer

Written by Loris Lesynski
Illustrated by Gerry Rasmussen

This new collection of poems by Loris Lesynski captures the joys, thrills, and challenges of one of the most popular sports in the schoolyard today. Rhythmic, funny verses reflect the game’s energy while offering sound suggestions for proper play. Crazy About Soccer! is sure to appeal to any reader who has ever played soccer, whether in cleats and a team shirt or in bare feet and—as in Shakespeare’s day—with a pig’s bladder for a ball! Wonderfully ridiculous and genuinely funny artwork complements the bouncy poems. 

 

Crazy About Basketball

Written by Loris Lesynski
Illustrated by Gerry Rasmussen

This collection of more than 30 poems by Loris Lesynski captures the joys, thrills, and challenges of one of the most popular sports in the schoolyard today. Crazy About Basketball! is full of energy and humour, and is sure to appeal to anyone who has ever played the sport. Wonderfully ridiculous artwork and catchy, rhythmic poems highlight both the silly and serious side of the sport, with emphasis on training, tactics, and teamwork, but most of all, on having fun.

 

Crazy About Hockey

Written by Loris Lesynski
Illustrated by Gerry Rasmussen

In more than 40 bouncy poems, Lesynski’s signature humour and style shine through as she captures the joys, thrills, and challenges of one of the most popular sports in North America. Lesysnki and Rasmussen combine wonderfully ridiculous artwork and catchy, rhythmic poems to highlight both the silly and serious side of the sport, with emphasis on training, tactics, and teamwork, but most of all, on having fun. Crazy About Hockey! is sure to appeal to enthusiastic players—and fans—of the sport everywhere.

 

Better Together

Written by Sheryl Shapiro and Simon Shapiro
Illustrated by Dušan Petričić

Mix anything together and who knows what you’ll get. You may create something wonderfully different! Water and flour make a sticky paste perfect for arts and crafts. And what can be better than mixing sugar, milk and butter to produce yummy fudge? With simple words and vivid illustrations, this series of 13 fun and bouncy poems illustrates the concept of combining things. Mixing blue and yellow paint to make green is probably familiar to most children, but who thinks of music as being the result of mixing the sounds of instruments? Or a sports team as the combination of many players with different strengths? Young children will love listening to these funny poems while learning about a simple, but important, concept.

 

Munsch at Play (hardcover)

Written by Irene N. Watts and Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko

In this collection of plays based on the stories of Robert Munsch, experienced playwright Irene Watts has adapted eight of his best-loved tales for the stage, classroom or backyard!

Complemented by funny, energetic illustrations, including those of long-time Munsch collaborator Michael Martchenko, each story is presented in an accessible play format, making it easy for children to act out their own versions of the adventures of Angela, Elizabeth, Mortimer, and others.

These lively, interactive adaptations include suggestions to encourage audience participation, as well as casting ideas that can involve the whole class. Innovative, uncomplicated (and inexpensive!) ideas for props and costumes can also be found.

The stories included are: Angela’s Airplane, Stephanie’s Ponytail, Mortimer, 50 Below Zero, Mud Puddle, Millicent and The Wind, Murmel, Murmel, Murmel, and The Paper Bag Princess.

 

Munsch at Play Act 2 (hardcover)

Written by Irene N. Watts and Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko

In this second collection of plays based on the stories of Robert Munsch, experienced playwright Irene N. Watts has adapted eight more of his best-loved tales for the stage, classroom or backyard!

Complemented by the fun and familiar artwork of long-time Munsch collaborator Michael Martchenko, each story is presented in an accessible play format, making it easy for children to act out their own versions of Munsch’s familiar adventures.

These lively, interactive adaptations include suggestions to encourage audience participation, as well as casting ideas that can involve the whole class. Readers will also find innovative, uncomplicated (and inexpensive!) ideas for props and costumes.

The stories included are David’s Father, The Fire Station, From Far Away, I Have to Go!, Jonathan Cleaned Up —Then He Heard a Sound, Pigs, Show and Tell, and Something Good.