Concerning DUMB DUMB DUMB...
It's funny and witty with some "Minnesota Nice" thrown in here and there. Love when she "talks" about something that happens in her life. This book is a quick read because you can totally picture this text happening leading to being surprised you've finished it.
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I love this book! Mary Jo Pehl has always been very open, genuine, and funny. She puts all of that, and a lot of heart, into this look at her mother's life, and their relationship. I really wish I weren't such a slow reader, because I'm also getting a lot of good recommendations for reading from Mary Jo's mother's very very short book reviews.
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I LOVE this book and love Mary Jo Pehl's work.
It was touching. I really connected with it, in part due to her mother's obsession with weight and the effect on Mary Jo. I recommended it to my friend, same background.
I was lucky though because the weightwatchers my mom went to had all these great exercise machines. So while they chatted calories and shame, I would lie on this cot with movable panels under the hinder, so you'd get a really odd massage. They also had the machine you'd stand at and it would violently massage your hinder. (Apparently, flattening hinders was big in Iowa in the 1970's).
I found the book sweet, touching, and funny.
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Funny, touching, revealing, poignant, funny.
Tells a true story, but in a most creative way, punctuated by her Mom's incredibly compact movie reviews.
Reminiscent of the Childcraft Poems and Stories edition from the 1960s, this delightful book presents poetry in a fun, clever, and colorful way to attract even the most cynical young poetry reader.
Separated into four sections--Curious About the Sky, Riddle Me This, A Few Haiku, and Worlds Enough Unfolding--Owens’ poetry dances around and through poetical convention and presents witty and exciting subjects all children are aware of and those that resonate for all ages.
Included are Missy Cleveland’s marvelous art pieces and illustrations, each exclusively designed for the poem. Whether a literal interpretation of the poem’s subject or a translation of feeling and atmosphere, Cleveland’s media contributes a jovial animation to the verses. Paintings of conventional paint are intertwined with imaginative uses of magic markers and colored pencils, pen and ink, and carefully placed jewels, pennies, and even a chicken wearing leather!
Worlds Enough entertains and thrills, creating the idea that poetry is fun and airy, fresh and odd, sweet and hopeful. Together Owens and Cleveland deliver a knock-out collection. Take a pleasurable trip where everyone has Worlds Enough.
About the Author
Scott Owens holds degrees from Ohio University, UNC Charlotte, and UNC Greensboro. He is Professor of Poetry at Lenoir Rhyne University, former editor of Wild Goose Poetry Reviewand Southern Poetry Review. He owns and operates Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse and Gallery and coordinates Poetry Hickory. He is the author of 17 collections of poetry and recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Next Generation/Indie Lit Awards, the North Carolina Writers Network, the North Carolina Poetry Society, and the Poetry Society of South Carolina. He has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac seven times, and his articles about poetry have been featured frequently in Poet’s Market.
About the Artist
Missy Cleveland attended East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C. with studies in fashion merchandising and marketing. She is a self-taught artist with thirty years as a muralist and decorative painter. She was a co-founder of “Bottega” an artist boutique in Hickory, N.C. Currently Missy is producing custom commission canvases for the public and for Old Hickory Tannery, a Newton, N.C.-based furniture company. “World’s Enough” is her first published book of illustrations. She was able to, in part, through a grant awarded from the United Arts Council of Catawba County and invaluable collaborations with Redhawk publishing.
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