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Starred Review. Prelutsky fans are in for a treat with this collection that combines his latest book of poetry with two other favorite anthologies (Scranimals; What a Day It Was at School!) and features several original songs. Each poem spotlights an animal that shares characteristics of some inanimate object (i.e., the title character is an elephant with an umbrella for a trunk). Among the selections that Prelutsky has set to music are "The Ballpoint Penguins": "The ballpoint penguins black and white/ Do little else but write and write./ Although they've nothing much to say,/ They write and write it anyway." Prelutsky's confident reading conveys the witty, matter-of-fact silliness that is the hallmark of his work. His troubadour-like folk-style songs and musicianship on acoustic guitar are an entertaining bonus. Ages 4-up. (Oct. 2006)
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Starred Review. Grade 3-6–Prelutsky is one of the best word crafters in the business, and this collection does not disappoint. Each entry is about a creature that is part animal and part inanimate object. For instance, the Alarmadillos have alarm clocks for bodies, and the Ballpoint Penguins can write with their beaks. The poems are full of fun and wit, with wordplay and meter that never miss a beat. The whimsical illustrations use cut-print media, old-fashioned print images, and a variety of paper textures to create a rich visual treat well suited to the poetry. The detail in the mixed-media pictures makes this a good choice for individual or lap reading, but the poetry begs to be read aloud. This is definitely a do not miss poetry pick.–Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 4
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060543175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060543174
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By FictionAddiction.NET on October 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
What's an umbrellaphant? What's a panthermometer? How about an Ocelock?

Take a bunch of words and scramble them up. Give them a definition with a humorous twist and you've got Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems.

Fun poems about quirky combinations of animals with musical instruments, rain gear, nature and other objects will tie those tongues and make your child laugh. Get silly with your kids by reading the poems or let your readers in progress take a stab at reading the poems themselves.

If the unusual descriptions, like what happens when you cross a shoe and a hornet, don't get you, the illustrations will. The creative drawings are humorous on their own.

Add in the poems and you'll never look at a clock and an octopus the same way again. They form a clocktopus, in case you were wondering.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Two kids mom TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2007
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My kids, girl age 8 and boy age 11 both enjoy this cd. Its has the right amount of absurdity and humor to appeal to both of them. It has 56 tracks, three total books. Behold the Bold Umrellapant, What a Day it was at School and Scranimals for an hour long cd. Your kids will want to look at the books while they listen, at least the first time. If your kids like Shel Silverstein, they will like this cd as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Happy mom on June 11, 2008
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I enjoy Jack Prelutsky--he's clever and entertaining for children and adults alike. This is a whimsical collection of ani-jects or ob-imals (take your pick!), very inventive and enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Morris on June 15, 2008
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The poem "panthermometer" is a great intro into measuring temperature. My kids at home love them all. Great post modern looking collage artwork as well.
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By emily on November 3, 2012
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Any kid who reads/hears the first half of this book is bound to have a magnetic attraction to it. The second half is just really good, but the first half is inspired to such a degree that it makes me rather sad that I settled/compromised on other poetry book purchases with regrettable flaws and weaknesses. Wordplay, hints of science, fanciful images, rich layerings of everyday and exotic elements... I previously imagined the kind of excellence found in this book to be too unreasonable an expectation. For you Shel Silverstein fans? Expect no less than the best! Add this to your collection.
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By M. Heiss on April 13, 2014
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When they are laughing, they are learning.

This wonderful book of Jack Prelutsky poems combines his imaginary animals with their impossible capabilities and showcases them with outstanding illustrations. This couldn't be better.

I'm a read-aloud mom with a family of boys, and we love these poems. We filled a mealtime with laughter and fun (and big vocabulary words!) reading these. Give them a try!

This would be a great teacher present for your child's excellent teacher.
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We all know and love Jack Prelutsky, or we should! We know the one time children's poet laureate as a master of English language and rhyme but alas the man's talent extends even further into the musical arts. One would think that a children's book must always be read with accompanying pictures. Listening to Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant poems and songs was a great joy WITHOUT the pictures. Brava Mr Prelutsky, brava.
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