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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (September 16, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688132359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688132354
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Poetry's bad boys are back again, teaming up to take another swipe at stuffiness. Prelutsky's predilection for playfulness percolates throughout this collection of slyly subversive rhymes, and he couldn't ask for a better partner in crime than Stevenson, whose droll, minimalist sketches so enlivened the duo's previous escapades (The New Kid on the Block; Something BIG Has Been Here). Once again Prelutsky demonstrates a robust appreciation of the absurd?and an uncanny knack for turning every possible subject on its head. Here his verse ranges from the short and sweet ("My mother makes me chicken,/ her chicken makes me cough./ I wish that when she made it,/ she took the feathers off") to poems of Jabberwockian silliness (the entry that begins " 'I'm ceiling fad!' a money boned./ 'Alas!' a carrot pride" is just one example). The pages are peppered with kinetic black-and-white drawings; like Thurber, Stevenson wrings a wealth of humor and emotion out of a few dashes of ink. If a laugh is what's needed, just hand over the keys and let these two drive. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 6?Yet another masterful collection of poems by the prolific Prelutsky, filled with zany people, improbable creatures, and rhythm and rhyme galore, all combining to celebrate the unusual, the mundane, and the slightly gruesome ("Eyeballs for sale!/Fresh eyeballs for sale!/Delicious, nutritious,/Not moldy or stale."). Each page is brimming with Stevenson's complementary, droll watercolors, reproduced here in black and white. As with their other collaborations (The New Kid on the Block [1984] and Something Big Has Been Here [1990, both Greenwillow]) this book is a sure bet. Perfect for reading aloud or alone, it will be reached for again and again by teachers, parents, kids, librarians, and anyone else who likes poems that make them chuckle. As a matter of fact, this book should be required reading for those out there who claim they don't like poetry. If you can only afford one poetry collection this year, make it this one.?Carrie Schadle, New York Public Library
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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His poems are fun to read for all ages.
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I am a teacher and I am looking forward to using this book of poems in my classroom!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A Pizza The Size Of The Sun

By Jack Prelutsky

I rate this book 5 stars.

I enjoyed reading this book. There are many funny poems in this book, even though a few are hard to read, such as "I was Walking in a Circle" and "My Elephant is Different". My favorite poem is "A Dizzy Little Duzzle" because the end is connected to the beginning. It is also shaped oddly.

Jack Prelutsky writes kind of like Shel Silverstein. They both write funny poems and they both write for kids. If you like funny poems look for other Jack Prelutsky books such as Something Big Has Been Here and The New Kid on the Block.

The drawings in this book are imaginative. They are drawings you would not normally think of, such as the Preposterpus. I think the drawings add to the descriptive language of the poetry.

I did not enjoy poetry as much until I read Jack Prelutsky's poems. I could have chosen a Shel Silverstein book of poems but "A Pizza the Size of the Sun" has some of my favorite poems. It also is less serious than Shel Silverstein's poems. I would highly recommend this book to you.

By Caleb Stevens
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bernadette A. Moyer on June 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We love this book! My twin 8 year olds and I read this from time to time for a really good laugh. Everyone takes turns and it makes for enjoyable reading and sharing. A great way to capture the hesitant reader! Silly poetry that is just plain FUN!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By kerry on April 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Teachers, this is a poetry book for you to use in your classroom. Being a new teacher, I was fretting about my approach to teaching poetry and making it enjoyable for all my students! I use this book in two lesson plans. In the first lesson plan, I split the class into small groups and gave them a poem to act out for the class. The second, I gave them a poem about an amazing elephant and they had to use the details from the poem to illustrate what the elephant looked like! They enjoyed the lessons tons! I think the key to the success of the lessons was that the poems I used from this book were kid-friendly and funny!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T Taylor on January 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book to my granddaughter who is nine and loves to read. When she opened the Christmas present, she sat right down and started to read. She shared some poems with me. They express a different way of looking at a regular thing in a funny way. Days later, she was still glued to the book. It definately kept her interest.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By happy reader VINE VOICE on April 25, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
My grandsons....ages 8, 3 and 2...all love this CD. We play it every morning on the way to school and they all sing along. To say I recommend it would be an understatement
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Britt on April 11, 2007
Format: Audio Cassette
A Pizza the Size of the Sun was by far my favorite book of poetry when I was a child. I memorized "I'm Usually a Speedy Horse" for an audition for a play once. Recently, I saw this book in a store and immediately snatched it up (along with an "It's Raining Pigs and Noodles" umbrella). Reading through it again, I found that the poems aren't just for children. Granted the themes maybe be childish, the language itself is more sophisticated. Some poems are very adult (not in an obscene way, of course) such as "I'm Drifting Through Negative Space" and "When I Am Full of Silence." I adore this book once again and I recommend it for all. Five stars, six if I could!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hazel Hagerty on October 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
No boy likes poetry? Think again. Mr. Prelutsky brings out the poet in all ages. I gave my grandson a gift certificate at the book store, and he picked out this book of poetry. Clever, fascinating poems with subject matter appealing to kids. Imagine a boy chosing a poetry book out of the 1,000s of other books on the shelf.Check out Jack's web site for a glimpse into his working brain--so colorful. Read the letters kids have sent him (prepare to laugh until your jaw hurts). See why he's so great?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By iTeach on August 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a fine poetry book brimming with kid-friendly verses. This is one of my favorite poetry books for children, along with Brian P. Cleary's RAINBOW SOUP; ADVENTURES IN POETRY and the late Shel Silverstein's WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS and A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC.
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