From from an exciting new face in children’s literature, Dallas Clayton, comes a book of illustrated poems full of wisdom, wonder, and whimsy.
A boy with a beard tries to stay six forever. A frightful monster lives a million miles away, but is equally scared of you. A magic rope hangs from the sky, next to a sign saying "Give me a try." In this brightly illustrated selection of playful, often provocative poems, ideas run the gamut from stopping your lightning-fast running to help others keep up, imagining a store that sells colors never before made, or admitting you’ll never know all the answers (and sleeping better at night). Following the runaway success of his self-published debut, Dallas Clayton’s quirky, captivating collection makes it clear that this rising talent, whose work has evoked comparisons to Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, and Shel Silverstein, exudes a spirit and style all his own.
Clayton succinctly delivers a number of behavioral tips looking to foster kindness, generosity, courage and spontaneity in the next generation. —Kirkus Reviews
This is an uplifting read, a little wonder that speaks of the magic and good in everyone and the importance of following one’s dreams. —School Library Journal
The brilliant drawings are rendered with images that are playful and cartoon-like. This collection will bring laughter. —Library Media Connection
Kids love poetry. The beat and flow of a rhyme is mesmerizing. A lot can be packed into a mere 15 lines—thoughts on friendship, reflections on life, or simply the silliness of a moose driving a caboose. Clayton penned this whimsical collection to send a message to children—take a chance, be silly, follow your dreams and welcome adventure. —USA Today
Filled with silly, poignant prose as well as cheerful, bright illustrations, Make Magic! Do Good! is a great way to introduce poetry to little ones in a fun, smart way. —About.com Parenting
Contains a joy that is hard to deny. Read this and watch the positive vibes flow. —100 Scope Notes
Each of these poems overflow with joy and optimism. —GeekDad (Wired.com)