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Barnyard Slam Hardcover – July 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082341907X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823419074
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,553,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—"Yo Mama Goose" is hosting a poetry slam in the barn. The animals gather around a pallet stage and glowing lantern as they await their turns to perform. Charley Horse takes the stage with a free-verse poem lamenting his hay-based diet. "Bovina" follows with a poem entitled "The Truth About Cows." Hog, Duck, and Sheep recite their selections, and even Lamb chimes in with a parody of Dr. Seuss's "Sam I Am." Turkey declines his turn in protest of Yo Mama's insulting sign that admonishes, "Be There or Be-Headed." Animal-themed jokes abound. Full-page watercolor and line illustrations create an entertaining night on the farm. A good read-aloud for inspiring young poets of all species.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
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*"High-spirited, lighthearted barnyard banter." (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

"A good read-aloud for inspiring young poets of all species." (School Library Journal)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve D. Marsh on January 26, 2010
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I bought this for my soon to be born grandson. I am the Executive Director of Poetry Slam, Inc. and his mother is the membership director. We both got a kick out of the idea of the book and the kind of subtle insider's point of view. The stage names of the animals were particularly funny. The illustrations are also pretty clever. Look closely so you will catch the cleverness. The only disappointment I have about the book is that it was written by someone whom I don't know. I know hundreds of poets in the movement and not one of us thought of this idea and wrote it ourselves. Is that a little jealousy you detect? Yes. Clever idea, cleverly executed...but, of course, you know, not all modern poetry rhymes, right?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By krs on November 17, 2013
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I got this to read as an introduction to Slam Poetry. Although it's a picture book, kids of all ages AND adults will enjoy it. There are tons of puns. Great illustrations!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KaMBaM on October 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read this to my one year old daughter last night and with my rendition she loved it. It's a book that adults and older children will enjoy too. Very funny book, and great illustrations. It's one of my favorits, so far. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George E. Stanley on October 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dian Curtis Regan's BARNYARD SLAM is hilarious! The wordplay is absolutely priceless. Adults will enjoy this book as much as the young people they're reading it to! This book is absolutely not to be missed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Delicate pencil and watercolor artworks by Paul Meisel wonderfully embellish Dian Curtis Regan's festive interpretation of poetic/rap barnyard animal antics. "Barnyard Slam" is hosted by Yo Mama Goose, who organizes and announces a series of barnyard poems. Charley Horse volunteers his poem on, what else, "Hay," after Duck informs Yo Mama Goose that the hostess never performs first, a rule she grumbles about. Cow delivers "The Truth About Cows," a revelation that may stun and amaze. The Hog responds with "Hogwash," a heavenly specialty peculiar to pigs. On and on the animals declaim from Rooster to Lamb, until the Watch-Mouse squeaks an alarm that Farmer and Son are on their way in! What do they find? Only Yo Mama Goose with ruffled feathers, having just declaimed her piece: "Behold the graceful goose in flight./ Winging silent through the night./Feathers glow by light of moon./ Fly south in winter, north in June." Suitable for ages 4 and up, "Barnyard Slam" will delight and enchant while educating its readers as to the etiquette of "Poetry Slams!"
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