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Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem Paperback – February 26, 2008
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This new Prelutsky book is absolutely fabulous! Every year I engage my middle school students in creating an extensive "Poetry Package" as one of their major projects for the year, so this book has been a GREAT resource! THANK YOU, Jack Prelutsky! THANK YOU, Amazon.com!
Second, I detest books which try to persuade readers that it is the basic nature of "all" of us to act badly (or, at least, to desire to act badly) and I detest books which perpetrate negative stereotypes about humanity. Mr. Prelutsky does both of these things repeatedly in just the first few pages -- and no child needs this. E.g., "Sometimes I think that mothers exist mostly to drive their kids crazy. Of course kids absolutely exist to drive their mothers crazy. It's been going on like that for thousands of years, and there's no end in sight. . . . One of the things that my mother did to drive me crazy was make up rules. She had so many rules, and most of them started with the same word: Don't." His attitude towards others, especially his parents, reeks of disrespect (as indicated by my next objection).
Third, Prelutsky implicitly encourages his reader to pull mean pranks on others because that is the way to create interesting situations worthy of a poem: "Once I put a bug in [my father's] coffee cup, and another time I put breadcrumbs in his bed. I did lots of other stuff too.Read more ›
I plan to buy his new book this month.
My daughter is 7, I think that is the perfect age for fantasy and poetry!
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Very fast delivery. This is a fun book that has everyone in the house thinking and writing. Thank you!Published 22 months ago by Lynnmarie May
I got this for my 8 year old son, and he loves it as much as his other Jack Prelutsky hard back books! SOOO happy to find this for Kindle!Published on March 24, 2014 by Frieda
For all young readers is a very good series I love it it is cool wow there are only 7 booksPublished on May 27, 2013 by Nancy A. Zook
I bought it to read to my third grade class and use it as a writing tool!! My students love hearing his stories and poems which triggers stories and poems of their own!! Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Jill D. Charach
Jack Prelutsky's poems are favorites of many. His humorous anecdotes describing his own ideas for writing will help children and adults think of ides for writing poetry.Published on March 9, 2013 by CAK
love this book it has some great poems and some great tips on how to write a poem a must for every poem writerPublished on February 3, 2013 by clown
What can I say--it's Prelutsky! The man is a genius. The book is full of his delightful poems. Plus, great ideas on how to write your own poems. I use this book with my students. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Leslie C