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From Publishers Weekly

Hilarious poemsabout a mother who sleeps late, frightful children, a cat named Mrs. Lick-a-Chin, and othersby the collaborators on The Man Who Sang the Sillies. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Every single poem and drawing is superior. A perfect book for every parent and child." -- The New York Times
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 28, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064460606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064460606
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book of enjoyable, amusing, and well made poetry alternates poems to be read by adults to children with poems to be read by children to adults. Since I was 8 I've loved it, my child now gives it as a gift at every birthday party
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mary on January 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the most marvelous book. I received it as a gift in 1968 when I was 7 years old and I'm still reading it at 40. My dad heard Ciardi speak at Rutgers and was mesmorized. Definitely buy this book for your children (or as a guilty pleasure for yourself).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was a staple from my childhood, and
I highly recommend it as a classic to be included in
any collection of children's books. No child
should have to go through life never hearing
about Daddy Fixing Breakfast. ...
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 1998
Format: Turtleback
I have been a fan of John Ciardi since first grade, and now my students love to read his work. This poem collection is no exception. I encourage all poetry lovers to read it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. B. Spencer on September 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
This collection can hardly be bettered, not only as first-class versifying but also as a tool to help children learn to read. Writing that's this vivid and imaginative (and well-crafted) does not come along very often, and praise should be shouted from the housetops for it. I have loved this book, which absolutely does NOT "glorify corporal punishment" as another reviewer has it, ever since it came out in 1962, and I return to it still. (One of the high points in my life was to hear my own son--now 19--read me one of these poems aloud years ago...the first thing he ever read by himself.) And as an added bonus, the illustrator is none other than Edward Gorey. This is the best of us. Buy it, now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NebraskaIcebergs on October 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
To the best of my knowledge, Ciardi’s poetry is new to me. Some are deliciously daring such as About The Teeth of Sharks, where a boy is told to look further and further inside a shark’s mouth until: “Now look in and…. Look out! Oh my, I’ll never know now! Well, goodbye.” Others are sensibly smart such as The Wise Hen, where a hen took a walk with a fox but knew better than to accept an invitation to go home with him: “I will just get wet, And then get dry as best I can. So good day to you, sir. And away she ran.”

You’ll notice that these are both animals. Besides Halloween, both domestic and wild critters were popular subjects. My cat and I especially liked how many poems were about felines. One even could have been a tribute to Lucy, talking about the cat who never knows its mind, one minute wanting outside and the next minute wanting in.

My favorite poem is the most serious. Arvin Marvin Lillisbee Fitch is about a boy who rode his broomstick during his dreams, one day decided to keep his dreams a smaller size, which made them “beautiful but perhaps a little dull” and so led him to conclude “It was more fun when I dreamed high.” During my recent book share, I took Ciardi’s poems to read aloud to my students and most of them eagerly listened.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By quality addict on November 18, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What a pleasure to read again after more than 40 years! Despite societal references (e.g. father incapable of preparing breakfast) which locate the spirit of this great little volume somewhere in the mindset of the 19th century, almost every poem is still as much fun to read (to my 36 year old wife!....hopefully later to kids...) today as it was when I first received the book as a toddler in the 1960s. As then, I have already spent long moments browsing the wonderful pictures, which alone animate to read on and on and on... a must for every child's shelf!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen S D Robinson on December 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
I loved this book growing up. In 1975 I was quoting one of the poems from memory (The Hoo Ha, the Rinky Dink and the Automatic Chugg, I think it was) and my future husband was so taken with how entertaining I was that he asked me for a date, and now we've been married 31 years :-)

The poems are sometimes a little violent, sometimes a little scary, sometimes a little sad (My Horse Jack, for example) and usually very funny. Just what kids love best. Maybe not for every kid, but I sure loved this book from age about 8.
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