If I Weren't Me:A Menagerie in Poetry
About the Author

hal evans is a poet, playwright, actor, and teacher who serves more than 60,000 students and teachers annually. He brings curricula to life through interactive performances and workshops, including professional development addressing cross-curricular arts integration. He serves as a performance coach for Poetry Out Loud, an Artist-in-Education for Texas, Arkansas, and the Mid-America Arts Alliance, and a frequent presenter at educational and library conferences. He lives in Cypress, Texas, outside Houston.


Kevin Pope

Kevin Pope’s illustrations and cartoons have appeared in alternative publications, global advertising campaigns, and numerous books. His comic panel, Inside Out, was syndicated nationally, and those designs were also licensed for use on merchandise. As an animator, he worked as the head character designer for the NBC prime-time show Sammy, Mad Magazine’s Project X, and as a content developer for DC Entertainment. He works and resides in the hills of southern Indiana.

ISBN 978-1-945268-12-0 $ 9.99

Release Date: October 2017

112 pages ● 5.5 x 5.5”
Black and white illustrations
Interest Level: Grades 2-7 (age 7-12)
Reading Level: Grades 4-6 (9-11)
ATOS Interest Level: MG
BISAC Subjects: JNF042010; JNF042000

Even the most reluctant readers absorb poetry structure and technique through creative wordplay

If I weren’t me,
What else would I be?

It’s a universal question that we all wrestle with, particularly as children. And it provides creative fodder for poetry teacher hal evans, who brings the sensibilities of Ogden Nash and Shel Silverstein, illuminated with zany mashups by illustrator Kevin Pope.

Leading the reader through a poetic menagerie in which our narrator tries on different guises, evans puns and brays and marches his way through a language-arts funhouse, adopting stances ranging from droll to comical to clever.

As they engage in evans’ infectiously zany wordplay, kids respond in kind, blissfully unaware that they are absorbing poetic structure, form, and technique.

As he curates his menagerie, Evans takes occasion to employ a variety of poetic forms in portraying both the common and the unusual ... Pope’s bold, directly expressive pen-and-ink illustrations amplify Evans’ wry message ... Kids after some highbrow ha-ha’s will find them here. (Poetry. 8-14)--Kirkus Reviews


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