Crazy for Pet Crazy!

This looks so good, I’ll simply have to read it!



Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong have done it again! They’ve brought another wonderful book of children’s poetry into the world. I’m beyond thrilled to be included with so many other fabulous children’s poets. Pet Crazy is Sylvia and Janet’s 7th Poetry Friday book and their 3rd Poetry Friday Power Book.

What makes it a Power Book? In addition to the fabulous linked poems, each Power Book also includes a PowerPack of activities and writing prompts to support kids’ writing. The books are anthologies, activity books, and Language Arts workbooks, all rolled into one.

Designed for students in Kindergarten through Grade 3, Pet Crazy encourages kids to explore concepts such as rhyme, repetition, alliteration, and form.

My poem, Book Hound, is an acrostic about a dog that loves to be read to.

Pet Crazy also includes poems by Kristy Dempsey, Helen Frost, Janice Harrington, Eric Ode, Laura Shovan, Eileen Spinelli, Don Tate, Padma Venkatraman, April Halprin Wayland, Carole Boston Weatherford, Tamara Will Wissinger, and Janet Wong. What a team!

If you’re crazy about pets or crazy about poetry or especially if you’re crazy about poetry about pets, you’ll definitely want to get your paws on this book.

Happy Pet Crazy Birthday! And Happy Poetry Friday!

MsMac is hosting today at Check It Out (and she’s sharing my poem!). Thanks, Jone!


Yes, I read. Of course, I read. What of it?

23 replies
  1. Bridget Magee
    Bridget Magee says:

    Congratulations, Liz! Another Vardell / Wong gem to add to the bookshelf – I need to figure out a way to get a copy over here. I look forward to checking out your Book Hound poem. Scout has good taste in books (and humans). =)

  2. Robyn Hood Black
    Robyn Hood Black says:

    CONGRATS on the inclusion of your wonderful poem, Liz – I can’t wait to purr through this book!
    Love these pictures of your oh-so-beautiful kitty. I see that after enjoying poetry, she’s going to read about roadkill? So like a cat. (Do I have that right? I can’t remember if your fortress of fluff there is male or female… Don’t tell him/her I’ve forgotten.)

  3. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
    Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Scout’s expression in that last photo is on the order of, “And why wouldn’t you be crazy about pets?” I just love your acrostic in this book, Liz. Isn’t it wonderful to know it will be shared with so many enthusiastic students and teachers? Congratulations, my friend.

  4. lindabaie
    lindabaie says:

    So many are praising this book, the only one of the books I don’t have. Your poem is wonderful, Liz. Dogs are so, so special. I don’t have one now, but remember those in my past with happiness. Congrats on your poem in the book!

  5. maryleehahn
    maryleehahn says:

    Pretty kitty! Could be the b/w version of our orange and white kitty, Hem! Can’t wait to get my hands on this newest Power Pack! All these posts are so tempting!!

    • Liz Steinglass
      Liz Steinglass says:

      Oh my goodness! I don’t know what’s going on over here! I didn’t get a notice about any of your comments. You are all so wonderful to visit and leave comments and be so supportive! Happy Poetry Friday! I hope to be here much more often soon!


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