My 6-year-old son’s face turned beet red when I read the poem “Blush” from Laura Salas’s new book “Stampede” to him. Turns out he has a crush on a classmate. I enjoyed reading “Stampede” with him. We laughed out loud reading “King of the Jungle (Gym)”. I call Brandon “my little monkey” because he’s been climbing and swinging before he could walk. And that’s what’s so unique about Laura Salas’s book. She uses poetry to portray incidents that happen at school that children can relate to, but with an unusual twist – the kids are depicted as animals. I’m sure every reader will relate to one or more of Laura’s poems. I liked “Turtleneck” because it reminded me of all those times I wanted to crawl into a shell and hide because I didn’t want my teacher to call on me.
The illustrator, Steven Salerno, make the words jump off the page through his illustrations. My son laughed at the spiked hair in the poem “Prickly” and the duck that was out of line in the poem “Ducks in a Row.”
I recommend adding this book to your collection. You’ll have fun reliving your school days and may feel like a red cardinal when you remember your first crush.
You can find out more about Stampede by going to Laura’s website at: http://www.laurasalas.com/