Children's Book Signing with Marilyn Singer

Children’s author Marilyn Singer will sign copies of her new books Wild in the Streets: 20 Poems of City Animals (Words & Pictures, $17.95) and Who Named Their Pony Macaroni?: Poems About White House Pets (Disney-Hyperion, $17.99) at The Hickory Stick Bookshop on Saturday, November 30th at 2pm as part of the bookshop’s Small Business Saturday celebrations.

This beautifully illustrated book pairs poetry with nonfiction, telling the fascinating stories of the animals who have found homes in our city landscapes across the world, from the pythons traveling Singapore's sewers to the monkeys living in India's temples.

Humans may have built towns and cities, but we aren’t the only ones who live in them. Given the smallest chance—a park, a garden, a window box; a basement, a subway tunnel, a bridge—wildlife manages to survive in the city.
Among colorful illustrated pages buzzing with city life and animal activity, you'll discover the host of wild animals who live among humans: butterflies, bats, spiders, honeybees, coyotes, and more. Each animal’s story is told through a short poem accompanied by an informational paragraph. Some poems are comical, some poignant, and all make the reader see the world in a different way.
After a rousing exploration of animal life, find definitions of the various types of poetry forms used in the book: haiku, cinquain, sonnet, terza rima, villanelle, triolet, reverso, acrostic, and free verse.

Look around—you may discover neighbors you didn't know you had!


A family of mice.

A runaway goat.

A mischievous snake.

A shocking parrot.

A pardoned turkey.

A pampered raccoon.

A ghostbusting dog.

A celebrity cow.

The White House housed more than presidents and First Families--who could forget the furry, scaly, feathered friends who impressed the press, guarded their charges, and kept them company through all the ups and downs of their respective terms?

Marilyn Singer's compelling poems will delight readers with stories of the creatures who sat beside our country's leaders, as she draws intriguing connections between the animals and the administrations they accompanied. Mixed-media illustrations by Ryan McAmis lend humor and vivacity, and detailed back matter explores each president's pet history in more depth.

Marilyn Singer is a multi-award-winning children’s author who has written many books, spanning poetry, picture books, fiction, and non-fiction. Her awards include the 2015 NCTE Award for Excellence in poetry, the Cybil Award for Poetry 2011, and several Children’s Choice and Parents’ Choice Awards, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


This event is free and open to the public.  If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Wild in the Streets and/or Who Named Their Pony Macaroni? by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please visit or email

Event date: 
Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
2 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot, CT 06794
Wild in the Streets: 20 Poems of City Animals Cover Image
By Marilyn Singer, Mr. Gordy Wright (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780711241701
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: words & pictures - September 17th, 2019

Who Named Their Pony Macaroni?: Poems About White House Pets Cover Image
By Marilyn Singer, Ryan McAmis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781484789995
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

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