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Limerick Comics was recently named the recipient of several 2021 Feathered Quill Book Awards! 


Limerick Comics offers lighthearted original limericks on a wide range of history and science topics, each with an informational panel of surprising facts, all presented in entertaining comics. Middle-grade readers age 8 and up are invited to linger on each page to enjoy the humor, ponder inferences, and view the evocative details of each illustrated panel.


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Collected limericks for children ages 8 to 12 humorously present factual tidbits from science and history with comic-book–style illustrations.

Hoyman’s playful but informative debut collection introduces children to the joy of limerick poetry while delivering fun facts about an array of subjects from everyday life and history. Every page contains a fully illustrated limerick mini-comic and additional information about the poem’s meaning, inviting readers to soak up knowledge. The varied topics include the jewelry-packed tombs of ancient Egypt, the origin of roller coasters in Russia, the biological importance of a pesky fruit fly, and Joseph Aspdin’s creation of Portland cement in his own kitchen.

Each illustration employs traditional cartooning, eye-catching colors, and outlandishly hyperbolic imagery that brings some humor to an otherwise ordinary lesson. A glossary is also included to help those who are hungry for learning but may stumble over terms such as bioluminescence and shtick. Alongside pages on science and history, such as one discussing how the first mail systems worked via stagecoach, steamships, and the Pony Express, Hoyman includes limericks about food safety (with vivid illustrations of moldy cheese), the dangers of smoking and benefits of getting adequate sleep, and the role of local government in the community.

Even when discussing complex subjects, Hoyman keeps the language simple (“A caveman all covered with dust/ Could briskly make flint stones combust”). Young readers will have no trouble enjoying and absorbing the entire collection, whether by picking a poem at random or reading from cover to cover. With the subject matter changing from page to page, the book excels at keeping readers’ attention while planting the seeds for an early appreciation of poetry, art, history, science, and civics. This witty and fun little book, displayed on a Kindle or Nook or read by flashlight, is sure to delight any reader who gives it a look.

Takeaway: For young readers and parents alike, this collection of factoid limericks will be a great introduction to poetry while delivering interesting knowledge and good laughs.

Great for fans of Mick Twister’s There Was an Old Geezer Called Caesar: A History of the World in 100 Limericks, Garrison Keillor’s Living with Limericks, the Oxford English Dictionary in Limerick Form project.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Feathered Quill Review

“Debut author Robert Hoyman has hit the proverbial ball out of the park with his first book, Limerick Comics.”–Feathered Quill
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Kirkus Review

“Collected limericks for children ages 8 to 12 humorously present factual tidbits from science and history with comic-book-style illustrations. In his debut book, Hoyman combines two forms that kids love–limericks and comic books–to offer one-page lessons on various subjects.”

“Both amusing and instructive, with broad appeal and excellent illustrations.” –Kirkus Reviews

Read the full review here: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/robert-hoyman/limerick-comics/

Limerick Comics is an innovative pairing of poetic imagination and fun facts enlivened by the immensely popular comics format. The book is crafted to appeal to reluctant and advanced readers alike. The informational panel can provide a springboard for discussion between parents and children about each topic.

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About the Author

Robert Hoyman is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa. His journey as a classroom teacher spanned 41 years teaching in private and public schools in Florida, California, and Virginia. Limerick Comics is his debut book. He is a member of SCBWI.

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News & Events

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Limerick Comics is now among the 8 curated titles offered by Bedside Reading to their luxury hotel partners across the U.S. as an amenity to enhance the guest experience. Look for Limerick Comics at these fine hotels.Acqualina Resort and Residences | Waldorf Astoria Chicago | The Pierre New York
Teachers, librarians, and media specialists be sure to download the FREE printable pdf of a complete set of instructional lessons to augment the use of Limerick Comics in the classroom. A lesson accompanies each page topic in the book aligned with state standards in grades 3-5
Delighted to see Limerick Comics included among the excellent titles in the Bedside Reading feature in the December edition of Hollywood Weekly magazine
Win a copy of Limerick Comics this month in the Bedside Reading Book giveaway in Woman's World magazine
I had a wonderful time on my recent visit to The Aqualina Resort and Residences delivering hardcover copies of Limerick Comics for guests to enjoy. Thank you Aqualina for the warm welcome.


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