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My Dog May Be a Genius Hardcover – February 26, 2008
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About the Author
Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.
James Stevenson is an op-ed contributor to the New York Times. His popular column, "Lost and Found New York," has appeared regularly in the newspaper since 2003. He was on the staff of The New Yorker for more than three decades; his work includes 2,000 cartoons and 80 covers, as well as reporting and fiction. He is also the author and illustrator of over 100 children's books. He lives in Connecticut.
Top Customer Reviews
except, perhaps, of bears,
and spiders, snakes, and centipedes,
and falling down the stairs...
If you are not a lover of poetry, no problem. Don't think of these hilarious ditties as poetry, but as crazily skewed glimpses into the wacky world of kids. Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky gives us a big beautiful book full of wordplay, and you just can't read it without bobbing your head and tapping your foot. It's hardly fair to give you just the beginnings of these poems, but you WILL want to read it for yourself, all 100+ crazy jingles.
I crossed a lion with a mouse.
Their progeny patrol my house,
and often roar, demanding cheese--
I give them all the cheese they please...
Animals, real and imagined, populate this book and will delight any child. Who says an elephant has to remember, or that...well, that a pet can't play chess?
I have a pet orangutan,
the two of us play chess.
I always won when we began,
but now I'm winning less.
Much of the humor is rooted in the familiar, but with an unexpected twist; such as a letter from camp ("My counselor says I have to write--I threw up on my sweater...") or the hilarious ode to homework:
Homework, sweet homework,
you heavenly thing,
as soon as I see you
I dance and I sing...
Many of the poems are quite philosophical, drawing "life lessons" from everyday observations, as in "A Turtle":
A turtle never feels the need
to ambulate at breakneck speed.
Of course, unsuited for the deed,
it certainly would not succeed...
Or "A Worm":
A worm wends its winding and unaware way,
wriggling in solitude day after day...Read more ›
The anthology includes varied lengths of poems and incorporates personification perfectly matched to a child-like imagination. "Sprig Id Here" is a poem that will challenge children's decoding skills as they read a poem written in the voice of a child with a spring cold. Several poems feature word families that would be useful in teaching reading skills to early readers. (
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 5 year old son loves these creative poems. He has memorized a few of his favorites. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a child.Published 22 months ago by Jenny Denne
This book offers some enjoyable alternative poetry examples. Good for encouraging young people to explore writing. Very helpful and enjoyable.Published on November 23, 2012 by Yum Tum-ite
I am happy with my order. The books are new and perfect. I am ready to give them as x-mas gifts. Thanks.Published on November 23, 2011 by chi nguyen
My granddaughter just loves this book.
She was thrilled when she received it.
She is six years old and started reading it and could not put it down.
My son had to choose a poetry book to read for school. We chose "My Dog May Be a Genius" and he loved it. Read morePublished on November 13, 2009 by A. Fox
What a great book for a kid! It's all written in verse but so much fun, and a good introduction to poetry.Published on February 22, 2009 by G. Dunshee