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Awful Ogre's Awful Day Hardcover – August 21, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; First Edition edition (August 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688077781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688077785
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,675,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

How awful is this green-haired, one-eyed ogre? So awful his name is Awful Ogre. Fortunately, he takes some time out of his awfully busy ogre schedule to describe his routine, poem by poem, from the moment his pet rattlesnake awakens him to a touching bedtime scene--as rhythmic and tender as Goodnight Moon, but with scorpions and cacti. As it turns out, the ogre has many delightful hobbies, from dancing ("I dance with abandon, / Bravura, and zest, / I carom off boulders / And beat on my chest") to singing "stirring ogre melodies" to bone collecting to boasting to watching TV. He is particularly proud of his centuries-old garden:
Because of my ramshackle patches
Where scrofulous weeds rule unchecked,
I've earned from the trolls and the goblins
A measure of grudging respect.
Jack Prelutsky, creator of more than 30 books of verse, is clearly in his element here, though he claims that "Any resemblance between Awful Ogre and the poet is purely coincidental." And, Paul O. Zelinsky, who received the 1998 Caldecott Medal for Rapunzel explodes into zany genius in this gruesomely gorgeous picture book, perfect for any 8-year-old boy in the peak of his giddy gross-out phase. We could spend hours scouring the pages for tiny details, lovingly etched by Zelinsky, from a tiny protesting man in a fish food container next to a piranha to the artful steam above the ogre's bowl of scream of wheat. This book is a masterpiece. He may smell of weasel grease, drink gargoyle bile, eat scrambled legs, and grow carnivorous roses, but Awful Ogre is a friend your kids won't mind having. (Ages 6 and older) --Karin Snelson

From Publishers Weekly

relutsky uncorks his latest collection of light verse, a divinely wretched celebration of subversity. Every detail of Awful Ogre's day offers possibility for gross-outs, from sunup ("I flick aside the lizard/ Clinging grimly to my chin,/ And now I feel I'm ready/ For my morning to begin") to sundown (a sly swat at Goodnight Moon as Awful Ogre drifts off to sleep with "Good night to furtive spiders/ That lurk in murky wells./ Good night to loathsome vermin/ With nauseating smells"). Whether he's writing a love letter to an ogress ("I long for the sight/ Of your craggy gray face,/ The might of your bone-breaking,/ Painful embrace") or puttering in the garden ("I'm growing carnivorous roses/ And oceans of overblown mold"), Awful Ogre proves an ideal agent for Prelutsky's oversize humor. Switching gears from the lushness of his Caldecott-winning Rapunzel, repeat collaborator Zelinsky presents Awful Ogre as a grotesque but goofy innocent, sillier than he is sinister. Awful may have only one eye and green hair, and a skunk might indeed curl up in his left nostril, yet he has a childlike sweetness as he dances (shown in a series of a dozen panels) or snuggles up in bed with his cactus. A virtuoso performance by two master funny-bone-ticklers. Ages 6-up.

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More About the Author

Jack Prelutsky has filled more than fifty books of verse with his inventive wordplay, including the national bestsellers The Wizard, Scranimals, and The New Kid on the Block. He is also the author of Be Glad Your Nose is on your Face, a collection of his most celebrated verses. He was named the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.

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I bought this for my niece and it is one of her favorites.
Nature Grrl
My favorite -- "When elves and gnomes encounter me, / They often shriek, `Grotesque!' / I bow with magnanimity / And murmur, `Statuesque!' " And the pictures!
MLPlayfair
It not only entertains children but is enjoyable for adult readers as well.
B. R. Palmer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C.S. on November 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
What a terrific, fun, lively book! As much fun for me and my husband to read as it is for our son to have it read to him. Even though he is still small, he loves the rhyming cadence of it and the pictures. A nice change from Dr. Seuss - I just love Awful Ogre! Especially when he dances...or courts a grrrrl...or goes out to dinner...
This book would be a terrific addition to any childs library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on October 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Come spend the day with Awful Ogre, from the moment his rattlesnake and buzzard awaken him, until the end of his day when he snuggles upon his stony pillow atop his rocky bed. He's huge and horrible and totally engaging as we watch him groom himself, eat his meals, write a letter, watch TV, dance, play music, dream and much, much more. Jack Prelutsky and Paul Zelinsky have authored a collection of delightful, clever and humorous poems, that really capture the essence of the pre-adolescent mind and young imaginations will soar as they tag along and spend an exciting day with Awful Ogre. Mr Prelutsky's poetry is full of rhyme, rhythm, energy and motion and complemented by Mr Zelinsky's marvelously bold and expressive illustrations and youngsters will enjoy poring over the artwork and finding all the special little details in each picture. Perfect for kids 7 and older, Awful Ogre's Awful Day is a silly, amusing, inventive treasure and a wonderful read aloud book the entire family can share and enjoy together; a book you definitely don't want to miss.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Prelutsky and Zelinsky invite you along to experience Awful Ogre's awful day in verse. The poems and illustrations are clever and at times tickle-your-funny-bone revolting. I personally love the ode to Awful Ogre's loved one. This book is especially great for any kid who had a fun time with the movie, "Shrek." The illustrations are full of humor that emphasize the silliness of the poems while relishing the good dirty fun to be had by all who turn the pages. Prelutsky is sure to inspire some fun poem writing while Zelinsky will encourage kids to have fun with their crayons. Expect this to be a favorite with your booger obsessed kid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Felicia M on November 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Jack Prelutsky, author of more than 30 artistic creations, takes the reader on a journey through the daily rituals of an ogre's pleasantly gross life. Prelutsky describes all of the ogre's activities from sunrise, when his pet rattlesnake wakes him, until late into the night, when he has a nightmare about a beautifully tranquil place. Using fabulous double-page spreads, Zelinsky illustrates how the ogre enjoys a violent storm, tends to his garden of carnivorous roses and overblown mold and takes supper at a local restaurant where his titanic appetite is satisfied with triple helpings of everything (including the silverware, plates and tablecloth). The 18 rhythmic and witty verses are brought to life with remarkable detail using watercolor and pen and ink. This combination of gruesome humor, along with the realistic snapshots of the ogre's life, will provide many hours of entertainment and enjoyment to all those who are ready to experience the adventure. Everyone will fall in love with this oversized and grotesque, but playful, ogre as they scour each marvelous and explosive work of art! (Ages 6 and older)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MLPlayfair on November 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Fans of Prelutsky and fans of Zelinsky, rejoice! This devoutly-to-be-wished combination comes off just as well as you might imagine. It really does present a day in the life of a one-eyed ogre in poems and pictures. And by all means, read it out loud! It's so much more fun that way. My favorite -- "When elves and gnomes encounter me, / They often shriek, `Grotesque!' / I bow with magnanimity / And murmur, `Statuesque!' " And the pictures! There are a lot of things going on in the four-color pictures. And kids will have fun finding them all! Some of the language is hilariously gross and disgusting -- and not for the squeamish! Prelutsky obviously has always loved the sound of words -- and big ones, at that. And as always, he doesn't write DOWN to kids. There is a glorious perfection in his rhythms. Kids will love to grimace and wince along with the gory subject matter. This book is so much fun!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2001
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This book has great illustrations, like the skunk in the Ogre's nose which captivated my 2 and 5 year old children. Even better however, it has the vocabulary to expand and challenge young minds. A great choice.
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Oh this is an awful book
A delightful awful book
Just the sort of awful book
Your whole family will adore

My daughters requested it so often from the library, I finally just bought a copy.
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