Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems by Gail Carson Levine
William Carlos William's is famous for his "This is Just to Say" poems, the most famous being:
This Is Just to SayI have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
The poems are simple and cranky, a form that is easy to reproduce and I would venture to say children would greatly enjoy creating their own.
Gail Carson Levine takes Williams' poetry style and gives them a fairy tale spin. The intro poems is as follows:
This is Just to Say
the thorny hedge
expected to sleep behind
until the prince came
I'm charging tourists
to visit the castle
The book is cute and witty and would be a simple and fun introduction to poetry for all ages. There are some really great moments like the "introduction" poem being a couple pages in as well as information regarding the history and form of these particular kinds of poems. The illustrations by Matthew Cordell blend well with the poems, often adding an added humorous dimension to the already hysterical poetry.