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A Song About Myself

By John Keats
Illustrated by Chris Raschka

Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka brings John Keats’s words to whimsical life in the poet’s only work written for children.

He was a naughty boy, A naughty boy was he, He would not stop at home, He could not quiet be. English poet John Keats is remembered for his great odes and sonnets — making this lighthearted, little-known poem a special treat. As written in a letter to his young sister when he was feeling homesick on a visit to Scotland, Keats runs his rhymes up and down and all around, leading the reader on a playful chase in and out of language and meaning while caricaturing both himself and what it means to be an aspiring poet. In perfect synchrony, the celebrated Chris Raschka illustrates Keats’s droll words with his signature vibrant, energetic watercolors.

  • This is a rarely published and very accessible poem by one of the world's greatest poets.
  • A classic project by Caldecott Award winner Chris Raschka, at once playful and literary
  • An excellent read aloud, with buoyant rhymes and lilting language

About the author

John Keats was born in London on October 31, 1795. While he trained in medicine and was a licensed apothecary, he never practiced. Instead, he devoted his life to poetry, and his own poetic work is striking in its vivid imagery and use of classical mythology. He died of tuberculosis in 1821.

About the illustrator

Chris Raschka is a two-time Caldecott Medal winner, for A Ball for Daisy and The Hello, Goodbye Window, written by Norman Juster. He is also the creator of The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra and illustrated four acclaimed poetry anthologies edited by Paul B. Janeczko. Chris Raschka lives in New York City.

ISBN: 9780763650902
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Dimensions: 179 x 295mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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