Karen Ray
July 26, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Butterfly Jar

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jeff Moss
publisher
Bantam
genre
Poetry, Kids and Family

We gave it a B+

In his previous life as head writer and composer for television’s Sesame Street, Jeff Moss wrote such kids’ favorites as ”Rubber Duckie” and ”I Love Trash.” The Butterfly Jar is his first book under his own name. His best poems, like the one about the monster who doesn’t like to eat toes, are clever little stories exploiting universal childhood imaginings. Moss is obviously a Shel Silverstein wannabe, and in his better poems he comes close to the master. Unfortunately, he occasionally turns gimmicky, or worse, pretentious. B+

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