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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688022715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688022716
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

This exuberant valise of verse bulges with more than 100 poems about things you've never thought about, such as Underwater Wibbles who dine exclusively on cheese, and things you probably have thought about, such as sneezing oysters and the dot-gobbling Flotz. Jack Prelutsky, one of the premier children's poets of our time, manages to be deadpan and goofy simultaneously and in perfect rhythm right up to the pleasantly unpredictable punch lines of his poems.

Take "Jellyfish Stew." "You're soggy, you're smelly, / you taste like shampoo, / you bog down my belly / with oodles of goo, / yet I would glue noodles / and prunes to my shoe, / for one oozy spoonful / of jellyfish stew." Poems about greedy grannies, exploding Bloders, and hypothetical situations such as having your nose unfortunately situated between your toes are guaranteed to delight you and your favorite kids. Quirky, surprising, and always delightful, Prelutsky's poems make us wish we'd grown up with his books in hand. Illustrator James Stevenson's loose pen-and-ink sketches are lively and fluid, waltzing along perfectly with Prelutsky's playful poetry. Once you and your children have howled your way through this ALA Notable Book, you'll be happy to discover that this talented pair has created two other meaty collections, including Something BIG Has Been Here and A Pizza the Size of the Sun. (Ages 4 to 12)

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-8AJack Prelutsky's popular book and recording is now available on compact disc. This new format includes five poem/songs from the book not found on the cassette version: "The Carpenter Rages," "Drumpp the Grump," "Oh, Teddy Bear," "I've Got an Incredible Headache," and "Happy Birthday, Dear Dragon." These new pieces feature guitar, banjo, and fiddle playing behind Prelutsky's fun vocal antics. Add this one to your CD collection.ARob Reid, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire/Eau Claire Public Library
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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As I usually do, I read every one of them before they do.
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I love this book and read it to my kids even though they are not school aged yet.
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Jack Prelutsky's collection 107 poems are silly, catchy, and classic.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The book I read was "The New Kid on the Block.It is the the best poem book ever.The best poem in the book is "The New Kid on the Block".It is the best poem in the book because it is funny and exciting.And it has a funny ending.
You should buy "The New Kid on the Block".Because it has lots of funny words and weard ones.You would like the pictures too.You would laugh so hard your toung will fall out!And it will laugh with you.So buy this book today!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Bishop on October 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book when it was first published and I was 10 years old. I remember being the first to check it out of our public library when it arrived, and I read and reread it. I still have several of the poems memorized, 'Homework' being my all-time favourite, and I hope I never grow old enough to stop laughing at these worderful, imaginative poems that have brought many smiles to my family.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2000
Format: Library Binding
Hi there! I am a 7th grader from Eleva-Strum.I will be telling you some things I like about this book.I like poetry and write poetry. The fun thing about it is sometimes having to rhyme, and just seeing what you can come up with about yourself or whatever else.Also you can make up your own words.One of the poems that I really liked is The New kid on the Block. It sounds like the new kid is a boy, but it's really a girl.I also like how Jack Prelutsky describes her when he writes "that new kid's twice my size." I hope that other people read this and think and say things like me. Thank you for reading my review.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rus Howard on November 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
November 23, 1999
"Thanksgiving From A Child's Eye"
The older I get the more wonderful Thanksgiving becomes.
Back when my good friend Hal was 45 he told me that he looked forward to getting old. His rationale was that in old age if you did something stupid, forgot an important occasion, or were a grump everyone would forgive you, saying, "Poor Hal, he's getting so senile."
Hal joyfully awaited the advent of his freedom from strident seriousness.
Now that I am as old as Hal was when he was looking forward to becoming senile and serendipitous, I must agree that I am enjoying aging.
While my body is falling apart, my spirit is becoming more puerile. While my eyesight becomes increasingly more indeterminate, my vision is filled with awe and wonder.
As I reclaim the innocence of childhood, I find there are more blessings to celebrate on Thanksgiving Day.
Children have the genius to see blessings when others see hardship. They find joy while adults get lost in melancholy. They build on hope as others lumber in despair.
If you need an infusion of joy and hope this week let me humbly suggest that you forgo the mall and skip over to amazon.com.
Wander into the Children's Books department. Look at the pictures, read the stories, and enjoy their simplicity. Take a few moments and read one of Jack Prelutsky's books.
Jack Prelutsky has become my favorite poet. His poetry sails on the winds of whimsy. He is capriciously playful as he ponders pictures of a child's universe
Measure for measure Shakespeare may have the best meter. Walt Whitman may be heralded as America's greatest ever since he penned "I Hear America Singing." But my spirits soar and my chords sing when I read Jack Prelutsky's poetry.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When I was a kid we read this book in my third grade class. We all had to pick a poem and recite it when we visited a nearby nursing home. The poem I had then was Gusses Greasy Spoon. It was my favorite then and still is! If you have kids or nieces or nephews get them this book, it's GREAT!!!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ruth A Esteves on October 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I think that this a great way to introduce poetry to kids that may believe it to be boring or stuffy. My son would ask me to read these to him over and over. We did a lot of giggling over some of them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1998
Format: Library Binding
This hilarious collection of poems for kids is among the most popular books in our elementary school library. They are similar in style to "Where the Sidewalk Ends," by Shel Silverstein. As a former music teacher, students used many of these poems to write new melodies. A sixth grade teacher in our school has students memorize a poem a month, and students often choose this collection to make their selections. Recommended. See also other titles by Jack Prelutsky.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janet K. Bircheff on May 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book introduced my son to poetry at age eight and he became an avid fan. He became so enthralled with poetry that he began to write poetry himself. He even wrote a very insightful poem as one of his college entrance essays. Prelutsky retains his inner child and writes from a child's point of view--hard for children to resist. A must have for your home library.
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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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