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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite
Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards by E. Michael Lunsford is everything one could hope for in a book of children’s poetry - zippy, fun, clever, beguiling, easy to read and understand, impeccably rhymed, and full of positive messages about self-acceptance, patience, and important clues about acceptable behavior for children and adults alike. In bright, breezy, perfectly metered verses with lots of fun surprise endings, Lunsford expounds on such diverse (and important) topics as bullying, self-acceptance, tolerance, and coping with fears. His wit and wisdom shine through in the most captivating ways imaginable. From “If”: If I had a beak like a cockatoo/And feet like a snowshoe bunny/There’s lots of things that I could do/(But boy, would I look funny!) As with all of the best literature available for children, the humor is equally appealing for adults and children, succeeding brilliantly on either level.
This delightful collection of children’s verse is every bit as entertaining and worthy of acclaim as the work of such luminaries as Shel Silverstein, Ogden Nash, James Whitcomb Riley, and Eve Merriam. Additionally, the pen-and-ink illustrations which accompany the verses are of the highest quality. It would be a terrible shame if such excellent work fails to find a similarly broad, multi-generational and devoted audience. Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards by E. Michael Lunsford is absolutely enchanting and appropriate for adults to read with children, earnestly and repeatedly. These delightful children’s poems will educate, inspire, and entertain for generations to come. Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards by E. Michael Lunsford deserves a place of honor on childhood bookshelves the world over. Brilliant, timeless work.