Outside the Box

A Book of Poems

Illustrated by Diane Goode
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About The Book

This laugh-out-loud poetry collaboration from a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling author and a Caldecott Honor illustrator is anything but ordinary.

Dive in to Karma Wilson’s latest collection of more than 100 poems—some humorous, some poignant, and all of them Outside the Box. Illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Diane Goode, Outside the Box has something for everyone. Appealing to kids and parents alike, poems such as “Sick Day,” “My Pet Robot,” “Balloonaphobia,” and “Aliens Under My Bed” are sure to delight and entertain.

About The Author

Photograph courtesy of the author

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books, including the Bear Books series, Where Is Home, Little Pip?, and A Dog Named Doug. Karma lives in Montana.

About The Illustrator

Photo Credit:

Diane Goode is the illustrator of dozens of beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including several written by Cynthia Rylant: Alligator BoyWhen I Was Young in the Mountains, a Caldecott Honor Book; and most recently, Baby Face: A Book of Love for Baby. She is also the illustrator of President Pennybaker and My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life, both by Kate Feiffer. She lives and works in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband, David, and their two dogs, Jack and Daisy. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 11, 2014)
  • Length: 176 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416980056
  • Grades: 2 - 5
  • Ages: 7 - 10

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Raves and Reviews

* "A charming, gorgeously illustrated children’s collection of light verse."

– Kirkus, starred review

"Goode's ink-and-brush illustrations...are energetic and graceful at the same time. The art picks up the punch line of funny poems, amplifying the humor to laugh-out-loud levels.... Wilson dedicates the book to Shel Silverstein, and indeed the black-and-white illustrations and mixture of wry observation and kooky supposition recall Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974) and Falling Up (1996)."

– Booklist

Awards and Honors

  • Kansas State Reading Circle List Intermediate Title
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List

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