Lola, Rae, and Bug by Edie Conrad
(Ben Toby Books, 2010, 77 pages)
Lola, Rae, and Bug by St. Charles Community College’s own Edie Conrad is a whimsical book of children’s verse. Conrad’s creative wordplay allows the reader to romp with Conrad’s grandchildren (Lola, Rae, and Bug) and her dog (Bennington) in a world of wonder and imagination. The illustrated book covers everything from nature to food to relationships. Tug of war, cooking, and reading are all described through a child’s eye. My particular favorite is the poem entitled “Stolen Sunshine.” “Stolen Sunshine” questions why the sun is there one minute and gone the next.
It seems appropriate to conclude this review with a little rhyme for you:
Reading Edie’s poems
Is really lots of fun
When I reach the end
I’ll start again. . . page one.