Messing Around on the Monkey Bars

Messing Around on the Monkey Bars

And Other School Poems for Two Voices

By Betsy Franco; Jessie Hartland (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763631741, 45pp.

Publication Date: July 28, 2009


Out on the playground, kids are skipping rope and making trades. In the library, they’re whispering, fi dgeting, and giggling. In the classroom, they’re learning their lessons....or spinning tales about why they haven’t turned in their homework. Throughout this collection of nineteen poems — ideal for reading aloud in pairs, but just as much fun with one or many — words, pictures, and voices erupt in an irresistible invitation to join an exhilarating ride around school. So hop on the bus! The pencils are tapping, the clock is ticking, and reports are due...tomorrow?

About the Author
Betsy Franco is the author of numerous books for children, including "Counting Our Way to the 100th Day!" and "Mathematickles!", both illustrated by Steven Salerno; and "Birdsongs", illustrated by Steve Jenkins. She and her husband live in Palo Alto, California. They have three sons -- two actors and a sculptor. Visit Betsy's website at

Jessie Hartland is a New York City based artist and writer. She has painted murals at a Japanese amusement park, designed Christmas windows for Bloomingdale s, and put her mark on ceramics, watches, and all sorts of other things. She has done drawings for many magazines and newspapers including "The New York Times", "Travel and Leisure Family", "Martha Stewart Kids", and "Bon Appetit". Jessie is the author and illustrator many nonfiction titles for young readers, including "How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum"and"Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child."