EINSTEIN'S CAT: Short and sharp illustrated poems for smart minds, ages 8-15.

Poetry, Middle Grade, Humor

By TOM SKINNER

Publisher : Pink Hippo Press

ABOUT TOM SKINNER

TOM SKINNER
May I introduce Tom, last name Skinner? His yen to write books was a winner. While he once brought the post What he really loves most Is devouring words for his dinner.

Description

If Ogden Nash, Dr. Seuss and Friedrich Neitzsche got together to write a book of poetry for emerging adults, they'd probably be disappointed to find Tom Skinner had beaten them to the punch.

For children with inquisitive minds and a sense of adventure, this book of offbeat poetry blends creativity and entertaining turns of phrases to get readers aged 8-15 to think outside any boxes convention may impose.

Taking off on the works of the wild-haired Father of Physics, Einstein's Cat erases the equation from the blackboard and gives your children permission to think on their own. Yes, a clean slate!

This collection of poems will ignite your kids to reason on their own while developing unique views of life with its inconsistencies, diversity and immutable wonder.

Praise for Skinner’s work:

'As a teacher, I know that kids and teens love ideas from left field, a play on words that makes them giggle, and stretches their creative language skills. Tom's book lifts poetry, puns and ideas from the ordinariness of life, to playful comments and musings…'

'I love Shel Silverstein books (who doesn't). But this book is something more, something different. The poems are full of voluptuous words and pleasurable word play that sit in your mouth like pieces of melting chocolate. Yes, they are that good.'

Some writers mistakenly talk down to young readers, while Tom speaks with his audience in a unique voice that is refreshing, encouraging, and adventurous.

So go ahead and read along with your kids and wrap your brains around such works as Einstein's Cat, Woks Happ'ning Bro? and Stop and Smell the (Grumpy) Roses.

Einstein's Cat is the first standalone book in the unconventional poetry-prose fusion collection, Get Your Wordsworth.

***For a limited time, you can get the latest book in the Get Your Wordsworth poetry collection, Overload, for free - click here to find out more > http://bit.do/TomsWordPlayRocks (just copy and paste into your browser)***

Interview with the Author

Q - So, what makes the Get Your Wordsworth series special?

A - When I set out to write these books, I wanted to create a new type of poetry. A poetry-prose hybrid that was much less rigid, formal or technical than the traditional model and one that did not bore the buttocks off bright young people.

Overall, the Get Your Wordsworth series is designed for those, young and old alike, who appreciate the English language in all its nuanced, layered and textured glory and who can handle a judicious mix of the super silly and gently philosophical all imbued with a healthy dose of wry and dry humor!

Q - What order should I read the books in?

A - I’ve written the series so you can read the books in any order. If you do want to read them in the order they were written:

- Einstein’s Cat

- Pavlov’s Dog

- It’s Slapstick

- Plain Crazy

- Too Much TV

- Tractor Gate

- Overload

Q - So, why should readers give these books a try?

A – Because the Get Your Wordsworth series is for mavericks and early adopters who are looking for urban, contemporary poetry prose with a twist for Generation Z who may not have the time, attention or inclination for more traditional poetry styles.

Ultimately, readers who think poetry is a tad tedious but who enjoy wit, whimsy, puns, satire and wordplay in a highly succinct, quick-read format, will get a kick out of this series.

Q - Can readers get the whole series in one go?

A - Sure. I've put together a box-set bundle if people want to save a little moolah and grab the first six books in one swoop. Check out my author page here at Amazon for more details, and a full list of my available titles.

 

 

 

 

 

Einstein's Cat is the first book in the 'Get Your Wordsworth' series. The aim of this series was to create a new poetry-prose fusion hybrid that was much less rigid, formal or technical than the traditional model and one that did not bore the buttocks off bright young people. The ‘short-story poems’ as one reviewer thinks of them, are a soupy stanzaic mix with the key ingredients plucked from a decade plus in the picture book writing trenches and artfully blended with studies in journalism (degree) and advertising/copywriting. Hence the highly unorthodox format, combining a newspaper style title and sub-title, an original hand-drawn high quality sketch for each poem plus a personal author insight or pun, were all designed to make the poetry prose more accessible and digestible for young readers. I still remember, with much dismay, grappling and failing to answer a question properly about Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, during my final school English exam, which was worth 3/4 of my year's mark. Any thoughts of vorfreude were quickly squashed when I scored 77%, a long, long way short of what I knew I was capable of. And yes, more than thirty years later, it still rankles! My dad died suddenly three weeks into term one, which, in retrospect, might’ve had a slightly deleterious effect on muse access. Overall, the Get Your Wordsworth series is designed for those, young and old alike, who appreciate the English language in all its nuanced, layered and textured glory and who can handle a judicious mix of the super silly and gently philosophical all imbued with a healthy dose of wry and dry humor! Try this series if... 1. You are a maverick or early adopter and can handle a bit of new frontier genre busting! 2. You are looking for urban, contemporary poetry-prose with a twist. 3. You want something a little avant garde for Generation Z who may not have the time, attention or inclination to wade through the classics. Ultimately, readers who think poetry is a tad tedious but who enjoy wit, whimsy, puns, satire and wordplay in a highly succinct, quick-read format, will get a kick out of this series.

‘You’ve got chops.’

Fred Butcher

 

‘Dorkus Excellus’.

Mr. Ex-Principal Skinner

 

‘Cog turning.’

Middle School Mechanix

 

‘Crisp.’

Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

 

‘Tom Skinner is a Bored Certified Poet.’

Professor Pentameter, Australasian Snooze Institute