Written by Jill Esbaum, Illustrated by Jack E. Davis
Harcourt (2009)

There’s a slobbery thug in town, and his name is Stanza. He bullies everybody. He eats chicken pot pie. And … he writes poetry. On the sly. At night. Because he’s extremely afraid his bully brothers will find out. But Stanza doesn’t let that stop him from entering one of his poems into a jingle contest. Does he win? Well, what if he did … not?

*Young Hoosiers Book Award Nominee 2012-2013