About this book
Explosion at the Poem Factory
Kyle Lukoff • Mark Hoffmann
Kilmer Watts makes his living teaching piano lessons, but when automatic pianos arrive in town, he realizes he’s out of a job. He spots a “Help Wanted” sign at the poem factory and decides to investigate — he’s always been curious about how poems are made.
The foreman explains that machines and assembly lines are used for poetry these days. So Kilmer learns how to operate the “meter meter” and empty the “cliché bins.” He assembles a poem by picking out a rhyme scheme, sprinkling in some similes and adding alliteration.
But one day the machines malfunction, and there is a dramatic explosion at the poem factory. How will poetry ever survive?
Kyle Lukoff’s funny story, rich in wordplay, is complemented by Mark Hoffmann’s lively, quirky art. The backmatter includes definitions of poetic feet, types of poems (with illustrated examples) and a glossary of other terms. An author’s note explains the inspiration for the story.
About the Creators
Kyle Lukoff has worked at the intersection of books and people for more than half his life, first as a bookseller and later as a school librarian, reviewer, awards juror and contributor to professional publications. His first picture book, A Storytelling of Ravens, illustrated by Natalie Nelson, received two starred reviews and his second, When Aidan Became a Brother was described as “joyful and affirming” in a Kirkus starred review and has received three other starred reviews. A confirmed bachelor, Kyle lives in a Brooklyn apartment filled with books.
Mark Hoffmann is an author and illustrator of children’s books, an editorial illustrator and an artist who has won a number of awards. He also teaches illustration at Montserrat College of Art. Mark’s picture books include Fruit Bowl (Publishers Weekly starred review), You Can Read by Helaine Becker, Hawks Kettle, Puffins Keel by Susan Vande Griek, Poop by Poppy Campignon and Dirt Cheap. He lives in southern New Hampshire with his family, two cats and a dog.
Awards and Praise
Praise for Explosion at the Poem Factory:
“Hoffmann's playfully expressive double-page illustrations… heighten Lukoff's guffaws… Lukoff's sophisticated silliness hits the sweet spot for lovers of wordplay.” Kirkus Reviews
A Storytelling of Ravens by Kyle Lukoff:
“Offbeat nonsense humor of the highest order: not to be missed.”Kirkus, starred review
“[A] charming tribute to the quirkiness of collective nouns … puns and wordplay abound.”Foreword, starred review
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff:
“Joyful and affirming, Aidan’s story is the first of its kind among books for welcoming a new baby.”Kirkus, starred review
Fruit Bowl by Mark Hoffmann:
“A fun, brain-teasing food literacy lesson that’s a cornucopia of produce and wordplay. His naive-styled fruits … have vivid personalities, and their gouache colors are positively juicy.Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Hoffmann brings the foods to life with big, bright, often extreme close-up illustrations,with all-cap hand-lettering adding to the emphatic vibe. No doubt kids will learn a thing or two, and have some light chuckles along the way.”Booklist
“… imaginative and entertaining … An a-peel-ing addition with lots of curricular connections.” School Library Journal