Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems

Poems by Gail Carson Levine, Illustrations by Matthew Cordell

This book of poetry was inspired by another author, William Carlos Williams, who wrote a “famous” poem, “This is Just to Say.” I did not realize how uneducated I was with poetry, because I had never heard of this poem. I chose to review this book because I was very familiar with the author and it was listed on several recommended lists I had seen. My first impression was not positive at all, and it took me several times through this book to gain an appreciation of the humor inside. A different type of poetry, many have a twisted look at fairy tales that might put a smile on faces. The sketches are crude which actually add to the type of humor. “Forgive Me,” this book, to me, was just ok.

Review by Sandra Brigman, Frost Elem. Media Center
Rating: ★★★½✩ (3.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-8

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Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems
Poems by Gail Carson Levine, Illustrations by Matthew Cordell
Harper
79 pages
Release Date: March 13, 2012
ISBN: 9780061787263 (hardcover)

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