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Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It

False Apology Poems
Levine, Gail Carson (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Inspired by William Carlos William's famous poem, "This Is Just to Say," a collection of ironic apology poems imagines how tricksters really feel about the mischief they make.
Authors: Levine, Gail Carson
Statement of Responsibility: by Gail Carson Levine ; illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Title: Forgive me, I meant to do it
false apology poems
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 79 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Summary: Inspired by William Carlos William's famous poem, "This Is Just to Say," a collection of ironic apology poems imagines how tricksters really feel about the mischief they make.
Subject Headings: Apologies Children's poetry, American Humorous poetry, American
Topical Term: Apologies
Children's poetry, American
Humorous poetry, American
Additional Contributors: Cordell, Matthew 1975-
LCCN: 2009023978
ISBN: 9780061787256
0061787256
9780061787263
0061787264
Branch Call Number: J 811 Levine
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Unrepentant narrators from familiar stories and rhymes insincerely regret their deeds in this hilarious offering.


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Sep 30, 2013
  • missymooria rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I love all of G.C.L.s books,but this one was terrible.I hated it.It was stupid.

May 20, 2012
  • SilverSparrow rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I usually love Gail's books, but, no offense, I hated this one. :(
Very disappointing.

Mar 23, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Finding a really good, really interesting, really smart book of poetry for kids of this age is tricky stuff. Poetic tastes vary considerably, so it’s best to start with a book with a hook. And by hook or by crook, Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It is basically the answer to my prayers I’ve been seeking all these long and lonely years. It has everything. Humor, engaging illustrations, a clever premise, potential (and very fun) applications, and a passive aggressive streak that’s nearly a mile long.

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Mar 23, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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Mar 23, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Do you know that old William Carlos Williams poem about the plums in the icebox? The one that calls itself “This is Just to Say”? When you think about that poem, I mean really think about it, it’s just the most self-satisfied little number you ever did see. Williams is clearly not sorry, though he included the words “forgive me” in there. With that as her inspiration, Gail Carson Levine has penned forty-five or so false apology poems modeled on Williams’. The rules are simple. “The first stanza states the horrible offense. The second stanza describes the effect of the offense. The last stanza begins with ‘Forgive me’ and continues with the false apology, because the writer is not sorry at all.” Mixing together fairy tales and silly situations, Levine’s poems span the gamut, from the cow in Jack and the Beanstalk taking issue with her monetary worth to a girl’s pets asking pseudo-forgiveness for enjoying her diary’s contents. Saying sorry without meaning it has never been this charming.

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Mar 23, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Forgive me / I’m making myself ugly / and leaving / with the witch.” - Snow White to the hygenically challenged dwarfs.

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Puppet Interviews Gail Carson Levine

While on a book tour supporting the publication of her newest book "A Tale of Two Castles" Gail Carson Levine took a few minutes to speak with City Library Spokespuppet Earl. Gail chats about how she writes her books and even gives tips on how kids can become writers!

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