African Acrostics

African Acrostics Cover

African Acrostics

A Word in Edgeways

By Avis Harley; Deborah Noyes (Photographer)

Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763658182, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 13, 2012

Look carefully The wild animals of Africa spring to life in clever, lighthearted poems and compelling, evocative photographs.
Inside every acrostic is a secret message, often lurking in the first letter of each line (read top to bottom). But look out These acrostics not only follow their subjects to Africa, but they also take the form to a whole new level. Here you ll find the elusive double acrostic (in which the first and last letters of each line spell a message), the cross acrostic (in which the message is read diagonally), and the multiple acrostic (see it to believe it) not to mention lions, zebras, crocodiles, hippos, leopards, and elephants. Oh, my Illustrated with gorgeous full-color photographs, this collection is sure to send poetry buffs and animal lovers on an armchair safari they ll never forget.

About the Author
Avis Harley was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has been involved in education for many years, having taught in schools in Canada and England, as well as at the University of British Columbia. She has written and three books of poetry for children, two of which she also illustrated, and all of which have received high praise. The Parent Council Ltd. selected Fly With Poetry: An ABC of Poetry as an Outstanding Book, and Learning magazine honored the book with a Teachers' Choice Award. Her Leap Into Poetry: More ABCs of Poetry received the ASPCA's Henry Bergh Children's Book Poetry Honor Award and Sea Stars: Saltwater Poems has received glowing critical acclaim from review journals. Ms. Harley lives in Vancouver with her husband.

Deborah Noyes is the editor of the young adult anthologies Gothic!, The Restless Dead, and Sideshow. She is also the author of several novels for adults, as well as an accomplished photographer. Deborah Noyes lives near Boston.