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Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face: And Other Poems: Some of the Best of Jack Prelutsky Hardcover – October 14, 2008

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PreSchool-Grade 3—This fat, sunny volume brings together 112 of Prelutsky's poems. Most are old favorites from the past four decades, but 15 of them have never been published before. Kicking off with a letter from the poet, the book contains five sections, each concluding with a page of activities such as word games and drawing prompts. Digital illustrations with lavish details and colors stand out nicely from the ample white space, yet their overall loudness tends to wash out some of the verses' clever snappiness. A CD features the author reading 30 of the poems to a slightly overpowering musical accompaniment. Fans as well as children just discovering Prelutsky should enjoy hearing him read his work aloud.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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This picture book–size anthology brings together more than 100 of Prelutsky’s poems with 15 original selections written just for this volume. Fans of the first U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate will recognize his trademark themes and unbounded silliness in the new works, which include tongue twisters (“The wily wizard Wabaloo / will wisely waste no words with you”), sly wordplay (“You’d better beware / of the Blitter, because it’s out to obliterate you”), and mischievous twists of meaning (“I buttoned my supper, / and swallowed my shirt. / I ate my pajamas, / and wore my dessert”). Dorman, who illustrated Prelutsky’s The Wizard (2007), once again captures both the subjects and spirit of the poetry in polished, colorful, digitally manipulated artwork that makes the most of the playful contradictions in the words. The wide, captivating cast of dragons, ogres, and ghouls are at once gruesome and endearing; platters of food combine revolting and delicious elements; and Dorman puts an imaginative spin on Prelutsky’s wildest characters, such as the tri-headed, backup-singing column of goo that illustrates “Song of the Gloopy Gloppers.” A CD and frequent puzzles and other activities round out this welcome greatest-hits collection that’s sure to make new fans, while pleasing Prelutsky’s legion of established followers. Grades K-5. --Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 5
  • Series: AWARDS: Kentucky Bluegrass Awards 2011, Grades 3-5
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061576530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061576539
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,265 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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I am a sub. teacher at an Elementary School I carry this book in my bag of tricks. The children LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! Great poems and wonderful illustrations. You must buy this book for your child's liabary. A great gift for a birthday party too. Jack Prelutsky has inspired me deeply.
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This is a wonderful collection of many of Jack Prelutsky's best poems. He is one of the favorites of myself as well as my second grade students. He has also been an inspiration to me, who is also a newly published author. He will delight people of all ages with his humor and wit and thought provoking poetry.
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We checked this book out from the Library so many times and hated giving it back that I just had to buy it for my kids for Christmas. They all love it. From my 3 year old all the way up to my 10 year old.
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we spend a lot of time reading and the poems are very funny.. my daughter is too young to understand all of it right now (she's only 15 months)but I am absolutely sure she'll enjoy reading this book..well at least daddy and mommy enjoys reading it!
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We've been reading Jack Prelutsky books since our now adult daughters were children and love the words and illustrations plus the pictures created in your head. Now we share these with our grandchildren to the delight of all!
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Already fans of Prelutsky, we found this in our library and had to get one for ourselves, A wonderful collection of beautifully illustrated poems collected from many of his earlier books. Additionally this book comes with a CD of 25 or so poems that are perfect for playing in the car. Read by the author, most are set to music making them wonderfully (or woefully depending on whether you are a child or parent) memorable. No problem for a 4 year old to be able to recite a few of these substantial poems on his own within a few weeks of playing this in the car while running errands. Not just fun for little kids but still interesting for older siblings and parents. No need to mention to your kids that their vocabulary is expanding boundlessly as they sing about rats for lunch and gloopy glopers.
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We love Mr. Prelutsky's poems. I am giving 3 stars because these poems are more about scary and gross things. I had thought that they would be funny or humorous poems. I did take a look inside this book before buying. But the poems I got to see were not that way. My child read only very few poems and then told me that she wants 'normal' Jack Prelutsky poems!
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My 10 year old is a reluctant reader, but he actually enjoys reading these amusing poems. The illustrations are great too! This is also a great resource if you are trying to improve your child's reading fluency, as he/ she will likely be happy to read the poems over and over again. Good for vocabulary building too!
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