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Reviewed by Tania Staley for Readers' Favorite
Nonsense and No Sense and Somewhere in Between, by Cindi Walton, is a quick, silly, and clever little book of poems for children. Walton has a poem for everyone in this charming collection. The themes of each poem range from serious to silly, funny to sad, and everything in between. With simple rhythms and sharp rhymes, Walton discusses topics that affect children today: hobbies, school, fairy tales, fear, memories, food, and much more. Her poems remind readers young and old that the world is an exciting place to live in, and they encourage us to laugh and play as we discover life’s little surprises.
Nonsense and No Sense and Somewhere in Between is a collection of poems that I would be more than happy to read to my own children. Cindi Walton’s sing-song rhyming ability makes these poems fun to read and easy to remember. I also appreciate the healthy balance of themes in this collection. Walton has created poems of whimsy, such as her poem “Confusion,” which discusses the frustration a person can have from trying to understand homonyms and the English language, and “Spaghetti the Yeti,” which is about a yeti who has his lunch stolen, along with serious poems, such as “My Memory Tree,” which is about the death of a loved one.
My only wish for this book is that the illustrations were as varied and sharp as the poems. Walton has chosen to use photography to illustrate each poem, which is a form I normally enjoy. Some of the pictures she has chosen work, but many of them do not do enough to enhance the poems they are coupled with and felt like they were hurriedly included with the text. However, this one concern does not diminish the enjoyment I had in Cindi Walton’s rhymes. Her book was an enjoyable read, and I recommend it for children as a fun introduction to poetry.