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Dark Emperor
by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen

Dark Emperor evocatively depicts the nocturnal creatures and happenings of the forest ecosystem. Using a number of different rhyme schemes and poetic forms, the 12 poems on double-page spreads are full of interesting information about each creature and are accompanied by elaborate illustrations that, like the poems, are full of informative details.

This book has so many classroom applications! Sidman's poems convey fascinating and accessible facts about each creature and its habitat, and her use of different poetic forms makes the book quite helpful in poetry lessons. Add to that Allen's elaborate illustrations, which convey a wealth of information about the animals and their environment (even showing the "cushion of slime" on which the snail glides along!)

Interest Level:  Gr. 3-6   /   Grade Equivalent: 8.6   /   Lexile Measure:  1020

Awards Won by this book

- Newbery Award Honor Book 2011
- Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book
- Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book
- Nat'l Council of Teachers of English Notable Children's Book in Language Arts
- Booklist Editor's Choice Children's Book Award
- Nat'l Science Teachers Association Outstanding Book

See Inside Dark Emperor

Below is a sample spread from inside this book. The text should be legible enough so you can get an idea of Sidman's evocative poetry and the second page provides a sample of Allen's stunning and unique illustrations that were created via a linoleum-block printmaking technique.

Joyce Sidman has a lot of great children's books. If you enjoy this award-winning book, be sure to check out Joyce Sidman's other books.