Poetry Friday | #CYBILS2023 Book Reviews 12.8.2023

Roses are red, violets are blue,
we hope December is being good to you!

Welcome to the first #PoetryFriday of December! This week’s featured books will entice readers of all ages.

The Museum on the Moon entwines history through verse that will awe curious minds and bring back memories for those of use who watched the Apollo missions on television. This book would be great paired with Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks.

Linda’s review of A Work in Progress begins with “I placed this in the ‘adult’ category, too, hoping that many adults will read this heartfelt story of young Will Chambers, along with children or alone.” Yes, this is another poetry book for all of us. The author explains that the book is based on his own personal struggles. It does not have trigger warnings, but the story addresses body image, body dysmorphia, and disordered eating, and may not be the right choice for your reader.

Summary excerpts come from Goodreads. Click the cover to add this book to your TBR.


Linda @ GoodreadsThe Museum on the Moon creates an enticing beginning, starting with parts of the historical Apollo program.  Poems take us on through history, poems in rhyme, poems in free verse, but accompanied by brief paragraphs of explanation of those “next steps” in our moon history and full-page illustrations. Don’t miss this new book about our beloved moon!


Linda @ Goodreads – I placed this in the ‘adult’ category, too, hoping that many adults will read this heartfelt story of young Will Chambers, along with children or alone. Jarrett Lerner slams us into Will’s story starting with a word, one word. The struggles in his life because of the feelings ignited by that one word will touch everyone, whether it’s past memories or current events happening right now, the journey is one that made me worry about Will’s, and others’, ability to survive. The moments of hope are short-lived until they aren’t by the blessing of an interaction with another boy. Will’s story has all the emotions, perhaps will be a mirror for many kids who can recognize the “work in progress” they are living. Don’t miss reading Will’s story!

Cindy on behalf of Kiss the Book, review by Lisa Librarian – Oh my! A body image book about a boy – I loved it! Written in the style of a doodle book, Will’s story is told like a journal with plenty of drawings. Wimpy Kid readers will relate. It’s not heavy-handed, but honest and poignant, yet hopeful. Will is a big bully to himself, with all his negative thought and drawing himself as a monster. Written in verse, the text flows beautifully – I can hear Will’s internal struggle. A Work in Progress would pair well with Lisa Fipps’ Starfish. Will’s parents do step in with help when they discover what is going on. A great mental health read. Certainly buying for my library, but probably not for everyone.