We have many poetry books in our house. While we can't agree on which is best, this anthology is definitely one of our favorites! Compiled especially for children ages 5-12, it's a veritable treasure house of delightful poetry, both classic and contemporary. Charmingly illustrated by Arnold Loebel, the 572 poems (selected by Jack Prelutsky) are arranged in fourteen thematic sections. Not only an "award winner" at our house, this compendium has earned numerous distinguished awards from the American Library Association, Children's Editor's Choice, the International Reading Association, and School Library Journal. Ours is getting quite dog-eared - like any much-read book! Please note there is one small section that includes poems on "magic" and mythical creatures, such as trolls, goblins, ghosts, and witches, but little mention of Halloween is made in the seasonal and holiday section. 244 pgs, hc.