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Smelly Locker: Silly Dilly School Songs Hardcover – July 1, 2008
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About the Author
David Catrow is the illustrator of numerous notable books for children, including the other Silly Dilly books, as well as Kathryn Lasky's She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Mr. Catrow is also a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist whose work appears in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as in nine hundred other newspapers. He lives in Springfield, Ohio.
Top Customer Reviews
Smelly Locker is filled with fun new lyrics to old favorite songs. Everything is age appropriate for 6-10 year olds, and most of it even makes sense. Pull it out at a party or play date and pretty soon the whole group will be singing "I Don't Want To Do Homework" to the tune of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game". Don't worry, it's no more subversive than "No More Pencils, No More Books", and you know you sang that one when you were a kid.
Fun book, fun songs that will get kids singing.
So, except for bringing home the realization that there's a whole generation of whippersnappers out there that don't know the tune of "My Darlin' Clementine", this book was enjoyed by the whole family.
My kids thought these songs were hilarious. I agree.
When I was a youngster, the only parody I recall us having was to the tune of "Heigh Ho" from Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Heigh ho, Heigh ho, I bit the teacher's tow, that dirty rat she bit me back, heigh ho, heigh ho....
Smelly Locker is much the same but with more style and sophistication - and actually is about things that do happen to a kid in school like having a dirty locker, being banned from band and having a backpack that weighs as much as the school.
While it's summer vacation, my kid can't annoy her teachers with these lyrics yet, but give her a few weeks.
Results: Age 10 was too sophisticated in his own mind, but admitted that some of it was pretty good.
Age 8 thought it hilarious. Age 6 didn't really get it, but there were a couple of G-rated food items he thought was worth a giggle.
All of them liked the drawings. So much for experts.
We are all going on a family beach vacation in a couple of weeks where there is nothing distracting to do in the evenings (no sports, no tv, no friends), just family. We'll test the "Smelly Locker" again under more controlled circumstances. The title, by the way, was a winner.
Kids love rhyming and being silly so this book is a real hit with them. I just wish the publisher had included a CD with the songs set to music because I never seem to be able to remember how the tunes go well enough to sing them to my sons. I just end up reading the songs to them as stories.
The book is another great way to prepare children for school and make the days ahead seem like fun to them.
I think the greatest appreciation comes from anyone who has attended school and can relate to the topics (i.e., finding unknowns in your locker that have been there for the entire year, doing a dreaded oral report, the disdain of constant homework, the mystery meat provided by the lunchroom, getting caught in the hall without your "hall pass",...). The poems are set to old time popular tunes ("Take Me Out to the Ball Game", "Oh My Darling Clementine", "Frere Jacques", "Home on the Range", "I'm a Little Teapot","The Battle Hymn of the Repbulic",...) which make them exciting and fun.
I love Alan Katz books and this one did not disappoint -- it lives up to the reputation of his others. David Catrow's illustrations are fabulous too. I would recommend this book to anyone with young children. You will not be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My grandson begged for this and "Take Me Out Of the Bathtub" - he reads and sings them in the car, the tub, before bed... great memorization practice, and lots of fun!Published on April 20, 2014 by unannounced
I bought this for my son and he loves it! We love to sing the songs together. Very good purchase.Published on December 15, 2012 by Nana
I received this book and without looking at it before I let my 8 year old son read it. He loves the book and I did not know why until I decided to to find out. Read morePublished on August 26, 2008 by Michael Countryman
Maybe it was a weird time (81-85) or a weird school/region, but when I went to school on the school bus, often we sang songs on the bus. Read morePublished on August 25, 2008 by stinhoutx
This book was a good one and ket my son's interest. he has re-read it several times and enjoyed it. he plans to use it for his first book report this coming school year. Read morePublished on August 22, 2008 by Andalusian Dog
A 7 year-old review:
It has some pretty gross pictures and it's pretty silly. Overall, I really like it. There are some funny pictures too. Read more
The lyrics are catchy, I have overheard my kids singing several of the songs since we first went through the book. Read morePublished on August 16, 2008 by Stephanie Mooney
As a family that loves to make up songs about everything, we love all the Silly Dilly Song books. The theme of this one is (obviously) school and it resonated with my 7 and 5 year... Read morePublished on August 5, 2008 by J. Villeneuve