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