Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
A clerihew is a short poem or comic, typically in two rhyming couplets (AABB rhyme scheme) with quick, uneven lines. It pokes fun at a famous person, and the first line is typically that person’s name. The poem style originated in the 1920s, and were invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley, who was a famous English writer at the time.
In celebration of this fun poetry style, Kate and I are going to make good-humored jokes about some of our favorite and dearly beloved authors (and one audiobook narrator, Katherine Kellgren), which you will probably only understand if you have read their books (so I encourage you to read them all!) Please excuse my awful poetry — unusually enough, I prefer to read and recite other people’s poetry than write my own, but I’m making an exception for this unique (and fun!) style. Note that the better ones are written by Kate, including J.K. Rowling, Shannon Hale, and Gwen & Kate. This leaves me, Gwen, as the author of John Green, L.A. Meyer, and Katherine Kellgren, and we collaborated on Kerstin Gier and Tamora Pierce. Enjoy!
Is very mean.
And shortens a character’s average life expectancy
To page one hundred thirty three.
As she went strolling,
Was mobbed by eager fans —
And boy did she wish she had more hands!
Will never tire
Of telling all of Jacky’s truths and lies,
Or at least until she dies.
Could charm even a hen
And with a mere cluck
She’d leave even a rooster awestruck.
All hail Shannon Hale,
Who wrote many a remixed fairy tale.
Through wind, and trees, and water, and fire,
Shannon Hale was always higher!
If she were here,
I’d give a tube of glue
To attach Ruby Red and Emerald Green to the front and back of Sapphire Blue.
Wrote of women brave and fierce,
But sadly even all the men
Wouldn’t make for a good mother hen.
Gwen & Kate
Act like they’re eight;
When a new book comes out
They shout and shout and shout!
What do you think? Post your own clerihew of a favorite (or least favorite) author or book character in the comments!