I blame the poor quality of this book on the editors’ failures. There are some good poems in the mix, but the over-all volume is a flop. The author’s running metacognitive commentary on her poems is often arrogant and patronizing, and always distracting. That sort of thing should be saved for and English textbook in the poetry unit. The illustrations do nothing to enhance the reader’s experience of the poems, and the good poems are tucked in among a bunch of less-than-fabulous ones. This same review applies to two books I’ve read by the same author-illustrator pair.