Kevin shares some thoughts on puppetry with Shelley Irwin.
Check out these great poetry books of 2016, selected by Elizabeth Bird.
Spinach Dip Pancakes is included!
An excerpt about Spinach Dip:
"The poems are funny and original and the art eclectic, weird, wise and wonderful."
Spinach Dip Pancakes receives a 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Gold Award!
Wimmee is part of a app where you can instantly turn your words into images. Check out www.wimage.co
Kammeraad mixes photographic collages and cartoon images with poems, comics, and stories in this visually and verbally eccentric collection (an accompanying audio album is available). Throughout, he returns to variations on the lines “Anything is possible,/ anything at all,” moving from a position that “we can’t do it all” to “[we] don’t have to do it all.” A story about an aardvark, “inspired by three words, told in three sentences,” carries the implicit hint that readers could do the same. An ultra-brief poem “for the woodwind player” (“Pickle high. “Pickle low”) puns on the word piccolo, and in a comics sequence, two human girls morph into a cartoon bird and rabbit for a day of adventure. Not every entry hits its mark (Mr. E, a wooden robot of sorts, makes the bland observation that “It occurred to me that everyone is somewhere”), but a smattering of word pairs on the facing page built around opposites (crayonand crayoff, island and wasland, etc.) could easily inspire readers to come up with their own pairings. It’s a Dada-esque mix of silliness, wordplay, and outright nonsense. Ages 4–12. (BookLife)
Here's what they had to say:
Kevin Kammeraad and Friends, as well as his family, have filled 26 tracks with silliness that underscore the CD's overall theme that anything is possible. From the stellar shortest and delightfully offbeat "Pickle Low" and the title track (v1) to the bonus tracks featuring Kammeraad's Grandma and Great Grandpa, this gathering of songs, musicians and styles includes a little funk (Mr. E), a little bluegrass/zydeco (Zeedle Ziedle Zoo), a little rock (Spinach Dip Pancakes v2), and a little New Age that seems to morph into a Second Line audition (The Possibility of Anything).
If anyone in your family has ever pondered what it would be like to live on the ceiling, or yearned to write a short musical pun, or has made fun of his/her own disastrous cooking, put Spinach Dip Pancakes on the menu. That this is not at all a cohesive collection, adds to the quirky appeal.
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It was a great time being part of a panel discussing puppets and props!
More on the conference: https://kindiecomm.org/2016-itinerary/.
Kevin, Stephanie, and Justin
The Cooperfly Crew