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My Hippo Has the Hiccups: And Other Poems I Totally Made Up (A Poetry Speaks Experience) Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2–5—This is a zany and at times challenging volume of more than 100 poems, 39 of which are read by the author on an accompanying CD. Nesbitt's consistent rhythms and unforced rhymes make these poems readable, but his subject choices are what will amuse children: from not-too-smart talking dogs, to angry vegetables in a stew, to goofy dreams about pink-headed zebras, everything is fair game for wild interpretations and wordplay. "Learning Languages" illustrates this well: "My mom and dad learned Latin/many years ago in school./My brother's taking Spanish,/which he thinks is pretty cool./My sister studies French/because she loves the way they speak./But I just like computers/so I'm learning Ancient Geek." Long's spare line illustrations add humorous touches. This will be a popular addition to most collections.—Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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"Kenn Nesbitt's new book is a perpetual scream machine, an 800-hoarse power, turbo-verb joyride, that runs on puns, and a bottomless tank of laughing gas, all the while doing wheelies along your funny bone. " - J. Patrick Lewis, author of Birds on a Wire and U.S. Children's Poet Laureate
"Taking lessons from Jack Prelutsky, Kenn Nesbitt feeds kids a seemingly boundless feast of belly laughs and funny-bone ticklers." - Bobbi Katz author of Around the Sun
"After sharing the CD, students clamored to the poetry section of the library to check out additional copies to use in Poetry Break performances... Teachers using this title to launch a poetry unit should plan on having several copies available for students to check out." - Library Media Connection
Top customer reviews
I also love the CD. During the month of April (poetry month) we listen to Kenn Nesbit read a poem each morning. It starts us off with giggles and motivates us to write our own funny poems. I highly recommend it!