Gooney Bird Is So Absurd (Hardcover)

By Lois Lowry, Middy Thomas (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin, 9780547119670, 105pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

Spring '09 Kids List

“Another poignantly funny look at Mrs. Pidgeon's second grade class. Each character's reaction to learning about poetry and writing their own poetry is quite amusing and also touching, especially when the students use it to reach out to Mrs. Pidgeon upon her mother's death.”
— Janet Bibeau, Storybook Cove, Hanover, MA
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The fourth hilarious title in Lowis Lowry's popular Gooney Bird series

It's a cold January at the Watertower Elementary School--the perfect weather for Gooney Bird Greene to break out her special brain-warming hat It's a good thing she has one. Gooney Bird's brain will need to be as warm as possible this month, because Mrs. Pidgeon is teaching her class about poetry. Who knew there could be so many different ways to write a poem? Haikus, couplets, limericks--Mrs. Pidgeon's students soon find that writing good poetry takes a lot of hard work and creative thinking. Gooney Bird and her classmates are up to the challenge. But just when things are going well, the kids get some terrible news. Gooney Bird will need all the inspiration her brain can muster to organize the most important poem the class has ever written.

Praise For Gooney Bird Is So Absurd

"The story unfolds with fresh humor that keeps readers interested. Thomas’s pencil drawings bring life to the characters. A fine selection for beginning chapter-book readers and as a read-aloud."--School Library Journal

"Thomas’s illustrations help the new reader see the final “poem” and imagine Mrs. Pidgeon’s reaction to their heartfelt offering of sadness for their teacher. Few books for early readers address such a difficult issue, but Lowry’s capable storytelling does it with grace—much like Mrs. Pidgeon herself."--Horn Book

"Few beginning chapter books have the range of this one, from hilarity to sadness, from outrage to compassion, and few writers could manage it with such finesse. Often amusing and sometimes subtly instructive, the fourth book in the Gooney Bird Greene series is well suited to reading aloud."--Booklist