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A Pizza the Size of the Sun Hardcover – Illustrated, September 16, 1996

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From Publishers Weekly

Poetry's bad boys are back again, teaming up to take another swipe at stuffiness. Prelutsky's predilection for playfulness percolates throughout this collection of slyly subversive rhymes, and he couldn't ask for a better partner in crime than Stevenson, whose droll, minimalist sketches so enlivened the duo's previous escapades (The New Kid on the Block; Something BIG Has Been Here). Once again Prelutsky demonstrates a robust appreciation of the absurd?and an uncanny knack for turning every possible subject on its head. Here his verse ranges from the short and sweet ("My mother makes me chicken,/ her chicken makes me cough./ I wish that when she made it,/ she took the feathers off") to poems of Jabberwockian silliness (the entry that begins " 'I'm ceiling fad!' a money boned./ 'Alas!' a carrot pride" is just one example). The pages are peppered with kinetic black-and-white drawings; like Thurber, Stevenson wrings a wealth of humor and emotion out of a few dashes of ink. If a laugh is what's needed, just hand over the keys and let these two drive. Ages 5-up.
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Kindergarten-Grade 6?Yet another masterful collection of poems by the prolific Prelutsky, filled with zany people, improbable creatures, and rhythm and rhyme galore, all combining to celebrate the unusual, the mundane, and the slightly gruesome ("Eyeballs for sale!/Fresh eyeballs for sale!/Delicious, nutritious,/Not moldy or stale."). Each page is brimming with Stevenson's complementary, droll watercolors, reproduced here in black and white. As with their other collaborations (The New Kid on the Block [1984] and Something Big Has Been Here [1990, both Greenwillow]) this book is a sure bet. Perfect for reading aloud or alone, it will be reached for again and again by teachers, parents, kids, librarians, and anyone else who likes poems that make them chuckle. As a matter of fact, this book should be required reading for those out there who claim they don't like poetry. If you can only afford one poetry collection this year, make it this one.?Carrie Schadle, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (September 16, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688132359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688132354
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on December 16, 2004
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A Pizza The Size Of The Sun

By Jack Prelutsky

I rate this book 5 stars.

I enjoyed reading this book. There are many funny poems in this book, even though a few are hard to read, such as "I was Walking in a Circle" and "My Elephant is Different". My favorite poem is "A Dizzy Little Duzzle" because the end is connected to the beginning. It is also shaped oddly.

Jack Prelutsky writes kind of like Shel Silverstein. They both write funny poems and they both write for kids. If you like funny poems look for other Jack Prelutsky books such as Something Big Has Been Here and The New Kid on the Block.

The drawings in this book are imaginative. They are drawings you would not normally think of, such as the Preposterpus. I think the drawings add to the descriptive language of the poetry.

I did not enjoy poetry as much until I read Jack Prelutsky's poems. I could have chosen a Shel Silverstein book of poems but "A Pizza the Size of the Sun" has some of my favorite poems. It also is less serious than Shel Silverstein's poems. I would highly recommend this book to you.

By Caleb Stevens
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We love this book! My twin 8 year olds and I read this from time to time for a really good laugh. Everyone takes turns and it makes for enjoyable reading and sharing. A great way to capture the hesitant reader! Silly poetry that is just plain FUN!
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After reading about Jack Prelutsky, I realized I probably should have heard of him before. My 3 year old picked this book out at the library and it has become one of her favorites (so much we bought a used copy on Amazon...GREAT deal). Poems are meant for an older child, but she will grow into the words/meanings she doesn't understand yet. As of now, Eyeballs for Sale is one of her most requested!
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I gave this book to my granddaughter who is nine and loves to read. When she opened the Christmas present, she sat right down and started to read. She shared some poems with me. They express a different way of looking at a regular thing in a funny way. Days later, she was still glued to the book. It definately kept her interest.
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My son loves to read this, so much so that he even recites many of the poems from memory. He and my six year old daughter howl with laughter again and again as they read these silly poems. I like that the poems include grown-up words and don't dumb the language down. We get vocabulary, recitation, rhythm, rhyme, and lots of clean, wholesome fun. It's inspiring to see the kids so caught up in a book instead of the junk on TV and electronic games!
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This book is in one of my centers. My students love this book. I had to buy two copies because they fight over it! The poems are great and use creative vocabulary. My ELL students love the opportunities they get to look up the words and investigate how to use them. These poems are too funny!
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We were introduces to this great book through the library. Our 5 and 10 year old loved it so much I went out and bought a copy. The kids pick it up and spontaneously reread the poems. It continues to bring them smiles and laughter with each reading. Really enjoyable for adults too! I can see this book being read for years to come. You can pick it up and open to any page and have a wonderful adventure.
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Teachers, this is a poetry book for you to use in your classroom. Being a new teacher, I was fretting about my approach to teaching poetry and making it enjoyable for all my students! I use this book in two lesson plans. In the first lesson plan, I split the class into small groups and gave them a poem to act out for the class. The second, I gave them a poem about an amazing elephant and they had to use the details from the poem to illustrate what the elephant looked like! They enjoyed the lessons tons! I think the key to the success of the lessons was that the poems I used from this book were kid-friendly and funny!
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