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Enormous Smallness A Story of E. E. Cummings

Written by Matthew Burgess

Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

Enormous Smallness A Story of E. E. Cummings Synopsis

Kids and poetry belong together!! Both play, and for children, the logic of life is still poetic rather than rational, as it is for adults. Teacher, parents, grandparents: everyone loves sharing poems with children. The book will be sophisticated and visually stunning as all of Di Giacomo's books are, which positions this as a title for Museum stores and the gift market as well as for the educational market. Gift market: parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles: what better gift in our media-saturated world than a gorgeous book about a poet who chose ALIVENESS over just living life. With blurbs promised from some big names, this book might just be a breakout in the world of illustrated nonfiction, though books in this category are already doing very, very well.

Enormous Smallness A Story of E. E. Cummings Press Reviews

A Boston Globe Best Book of 2015 A Huffington Post Best Picture Book in Biography for 2015 A 2016 Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts Selected by the Great Lakes Great Books Award committee, a program of the Michigan Reading Association, for the 2016-2017 state-wide literature program An eminently friendly introduction to both the poet and his spirit deceptively simple, just like its subject. -- STARRED review, Kirkus Reviews an uncommonly delightful picture-book celebration of Cummings's life -- Maria Popova, Brain Pickings An eminently friendly introduction to both the poet and his spirit deceptively simple, just like its subject. -- STARRED review, Kirkus Reviews The title of this book (Enormous Smallness) is perfect. Many of us think of poems as small things, but as much as anyone, E. E. Cummings showed us that even the smallest stanza could hold enormous meaning. Lovingly written (Burgess is himself a poet) and ingeniously illustrated, this book is a treasure for both fans of Cummings, as well as those discovering his poetry for the first time. -- The Huffington Post Di Giacomo's capricious collages create a lively interplay between pictures and words, and visual motifs such as birds and elephants intermingle with samples of Cummings's work. Burgess delivers a thorough and lovingly crafted homage to a writer whose poems 'were alive with experimentation and surprise.' -- Publishers Weekly WOW. Dare I saw I was carried away by the awesomeness of enormous SMALLNESS? It has been a while since I have seen such a perfect pairing of story and art. It will give me great pleasure to put it into the hands of small (and tall) and introduce another generation to the genius of e. e. cummings. -- Mona, Jabberwocky Book Store, Fredericksburg, VA It's important to get your kid to sleep, but a good bedtime reading does a lot more it can inspire them in ways that will serve them well later on. That's the message of Enormous Smallness, a new picture book biography of the poet E.E. Cummings -- Fatherly A fabulous biographical picture book, this book is a great introduction to E.E. Cummings and his work. -- Waking Brain Cells The author includes major life events and poems, always circling back to a playfulness born in the poet's childhood and carried through his entire life, nurtured by parents and teachers. What makes this such a successful children's book is the author and artist's focus on Cummings's ability to channel and hold onto the inventiveness of childhood. --Jennifer M. Brown, Children's Editor, Shelf Awareness Plus it's beautiful. Each page is a collage of words and visual elements that work in the manner of a Cummings poem. Letters fall from his mouth during graduation, and the more he writes, the more letters make up parts of the background colors of the pages. Unshelved My second graders, with no prompting, absolutely LOVED Enormous Smallness, a perfect picture book biography of the great e.e. cummings by Matthew Burgess. (Without invitation, they applauded!) They were silent and receptive the whole way through (that means they were with me. It was as though they realized they can be poets! At least that's what I hope.) --Bri Johnson, New York City Librarian It's a book that will be hugely encouraging to young children who want to write, be poets, or just do things a little differently from the norm. -- Whitney Morton Woodcock, Portland Book Review an uncommonly delightful picture-book celebration of Cummings's life -- Maria Popova, Brain Pickings This is a remarkable book that gives an example of one kid who did everything differently-- and came out OK. In fact, he became one of our greatest poets. The book is fun, informative, and It sends a valuable message with wit, creativity and beauty; it tells kids its OK to color outside the lines and to have an inner life not driven by others' expectations. Enormous smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings is a KBACH/Changing Hands Bookstore Book of the Month Pick This is a book that will satisfy both the adults who read it to children, and the children who are lucky enough to hear it. The San Francisco Book Review This is a lovely little poem of a book; appropriate enough, since it details the life and poetry of E.E. Cummings . . . a book that will be hugely encouraging to young children who want to write, be poets, or just do things a little differently from the norm. The Portland Book Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9781592701711
Publication date: 14th April 2015
Author: Matthew Burgess
Illustrator: Kris Di Giacomo
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 64 pages

About Matthew Burgess

Matthew Burgess teaches creative writing and composition at Brooklyn College. He is also a writer-in-residence with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, leading poetry workshops in early elementary classrooms since 2001. He was awarded a MacArthur Scholarship while working on his MFA, and he received a grant from The Fund for Poetry. Matthew's poems and essays have appeared in various journals, and his debut collection, Slippers for Elsewhere, was published by UpSet Press. His doctoral dissertation explores childhood spaces in twentieth century autobiography, and he completed his PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center in June 2014. He is the author of Enchanted Lion's much acclaimed, ...

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