Ode to a Commode

Concrete Poems

From the Series Poetry Adventures

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Is that a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a poem! Concrete poems are shaped like their subjects. They can look like objects, animals, or even people. You won’t find many straight lines here! Award-winning author Brian P. Cleary explains how concrete poems work—and uses them to create all sorts of wild wordplay. Ode to a Commode is packed with mind-bending poems to make you puzzle and ponder. And when you’ve finished reading, you can try your hand at writing your own concrete poems!

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF042000, JNF042010, JNF029000
Dewey 811'.54
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Guided Reading Level O
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Table of contents

Author: Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is the author of the Words Are CATegorical®, Math Is CATegorical®, Food Is CATegorical™, and Animal Groups Are CATegorical™ series, as well as several picture books. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Illustrator: Andy Rowland

While studying for a degree in Manchester, Andy Rowland accepted his first drawing award, the MacMillan Children's Book Prize. Years later, he has more than twenty published books to his name. He lives in England.


  • Utah Beehive Award Nominee, Nominated, 2015



“Cleary’s collection of poems range between quietly clever to laugh-out-loud funny….[T]he poems are short and fun enough to charm even the most ardent enemy of poetry, and children will likely walk away feeling inspired to make their own concrete poems in the most creative of shapes. Recommended for both school and public libraries.”―Booklist

School Library Journal

“This is a solid book of poetry with a variety of enjoyable examples to inspire readers’ own efforts.” —School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Cleary’s 24 light subjects are aided mightily by Rowland’s intricately detailed hand-lettering and charming illustrations…. Signature silliness from Cleary and Rowland abounds in this children’s celebration of concrete poetry.” —Kirkus Reviews