Tomorrow will see the release of book #3 of the 2012 Matthew Cordell Children's Book Explosion! FORGIVE ME, I MEANT TO DO IT (from our friends at Harper), a first-time poetry collection by acclaimed author, Gail Carson Levine. It's a collection of "false apology poems" based upon the originally written one by William Carlos Williams that goes:
This Is Just To Say
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
There's a lot of dark and wicked humor (much of it fairy tale infused) in FORGIVE ME, and I hope my drawings lend nicely to this wonderful witches brew of poems.
FORGIVE ME has gotten some very kind reviews, including two starred reviews in industry journals (Publishers Weekly and Booklist) as well as nice mentions and write-ups in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. Here's a few clips that, I think, might go down nicely with the wonderfully sinister, but hilarious vibe of the book.
The prolific author of “Ella Enchanted” is determined here to strip poetry free of the high-mindedness with which schoolchildren often groaningly associate it.... Cordell’s cartoons are precisely attuned to the “I know you are, but what am I?” mind-set. –The New York Times
Ms. Levine has devised verses written from the point of view of any number of unrepentant malefactors. Matthew Cordell's comic drawings leaven the mordant wit, as when Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother writes: "When you arrive / I will not be / lying / in my bed / where / you hungrily / hoped / to find me / Forgive me / tell my granddaughter / better one of us / should live." –The Wall Street Journal