Canadian kidslit legend Dennis Lee’s first new children’s collection in than a decade—in collaboration with bestselling illustrator Jeremy TankardMelvis the monsterAnd Elvis the elfWere hunting for booksOn the library shelf—One on the carpetAnd one in a chairSo neither could seeThat the other was there Melvis and Elvis is classic Dennis Lee with than thirty new poems for fans of his beloved collections including the perennial bestseller Alligator Pie This irresistible blend of narrative word play and pure nonsense combined with Jeremy Tankard’s whimsical and energetic illustrations will appeal to both the very young and developing readers


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    Canadian children's poet Dennis Lee Alligator Pie and Canadian children's authorartist Jeremy Tankard Grumpy Bird have teamed up to create a highly amusing collection of poems Tankard's illustrations always complement the story within Lee's words by showcasing key characters objects and actions His characteristic style with its heavy inks rounded lines and contrasting colours nicely fits the whimsical nature of the subjects Lee really delivers in this book by using some deliciously weird sounding words like squoze the image makes it clear that a toddler thought this by mixing things up with a variety of poetic styles and by addressing subjects that children can relate to ex bathtime or find amusement in ex Monkeydoodles He also regularly refers to Canadian locations Elvis the elf and Melvis the monster are the only reoccurring characters They tie the book together with their book reading adventure and frame the collection with introductory and ending verses Melvis and Elvis is a fun collection to read out loud with the little ones