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Something Big Has Been Here Hardcover – September 8, 1990
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In "Captain Conniption," young readers will giggle to meet the self-professed "scourge of the sea." "I'm Captain Conniption, / and up to no good, / you'll soon walk the plank / if I think that you should, / I'd show you right now / how I vanquish a foe, / but I hear my mother, / so I have to go." Other subjects near and dear to children's hearts make fabulous fodder for fun, including sibling rivalry, bad table manners, meatloaf, and bats. Illustrator James Stevenson's lively line drawings capture Prelutsky's goofy poetic antics perfectly, making this collection another essential addition to any child's library. (Ages 4 to 12)
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Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
"I Wave Goodbye When Butter Flies" is an excellent example of the oddities of the English language. The poem turns such common phrases as "pocket change" and "coffee break" on their ears and makes them into something new. There are subtle puns on condiments in "We're Fearless Flying Hotdogs" (can you find the one for saurkraut?). The emptyheadedly happy expressions on the five flying franks make the whole idea even funnier.
James Stevenson's line drawings accentuate the levity and absurdity of the poems. His artwork for "An Elephant is Hard to Hide" demonstrates even better than words the impossibility of stuffing an elephant into a dresser drawer. The expression of glee on the face of the boy reveling in "Mold, Mold" is identical to expressions seen in mud puddley schoolyards.
This volume is a treasure for both children and adults. It's a great way to spend some time laughing with a child (or by yourself).
As a child I loved poems, but often felt Shel Silverstein's were too morbid (especially some of the drawings.) Though I'm a huge fan of his now, at the time Something Big Has Been Here was a wonderful, more mellow book of poems that really got me loving cleverly written poems.
The best thing about the book, in my opinion, is that even though it's written for children, it never talks down to them or oversimplifies emotions or actions. And it's funny enough that even adults can get a snicker or two.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Undecided if my grandson really likes this...He has only had me read it to him once...Published 15 months ago by Gotta Latte Espresso
My granddaughter and I had an impromptu dueling banjo style 'readoff' at bedtime last night. She had a Shel Silverstein and I had 'Something BIG Has Been Here'. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by JJ Quinn
My 7 year old grandson loves funny poems and Jack Prelutsky is one of his favorites. He loves this book.Published on June 15, 2013 by Grandmother7
My 7 year old daughter devoured this book. We got it for her for Christmas and she is still picking it up everyday. Great find!Published on January 4, 2013 by J. Holt