Hurricane at school.
High school rocked.
Roof blew right off.
Air conditioners toppled off the roof.
Everything was wrecked.
– Anthony Hels
Thoughtful Considerate Common Sense
Thoughtful Considerate Common Sense is a whirlwind, from action scenes to the moment “Hot air punches a hole through the ground. A tornado will swirl right up through it” (“Tornado in Bad Weather”). This book has rhythm: “clap it out / CLAP / CLAP / CLAP / CLAP” (“A Rhyming Poem”). Familiar characters are reinvented, origin stories rewritten, fairytales deconstructed. The natural world is full of storms and also beauty: “I am from the big oak tree out my bedroom window / Making shadows on the wall and swaying in the big winds” (“Where I’m From”). These writers spin unique stories that are sure to shift your thinking.