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Stardines Swim High Across the Sky: and Other Poems Library Binding – February 26, 2013
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In Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant (2006), Prelutsky and Berger combined forces to delight with uproarious poems about animals crossed with inanimate objects. Here they continue their zoological compendium, adding animals infused with personality traits (“SLOBSTERS are slovenly, / SLOBSTERS are crude. / SLOBSTERS love mashing / And smushing their food”; “PLANDAS sit around all day, / Planning what to do”). Prelutsky offers a wide variety of form and meter, and the poems consistently bounce with the rhythmic vitality and sparkling surprise we have come to expect from him. Each poem enjoys a two-page spread, illuminated in Berger’s three-dimensional dioramas built of carefully cut paper and found objects and decorated with pins and tags and other trappings of scientific specimen cases. Poet and artist clearly share a comic sensibility (witness the JOLLYFISH’s dentures), and their partnership bears symbiotic fruit. Adults will have great success sharing these poems with groups, but it won’t be long before kids are reading them to one another. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Prelutsky is poetry royalty, and teachers and librarians will be eager to share his latest. Grades 1-5. --Thom Barthelmess --This text refers to the Digital edition.
“Spectacular [and] witty. . . . Has the feel of a vintage science project by the weirdest (and most imaginative) kid in class. The zoology may be suspect, but the laughs are guaranteed.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Praise for Scranimals: “Hilarious, inventive.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Prelutsky tweaks language with his characteristic glee, wedging in plenty of humor.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Praise for Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems: “This is definitely a ‘do not miss’ poetry pick.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Young readers will behold a wonderful, fantasically silly book.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Pretty brilliant.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Review originally published on "San Francisco Book Review."
I usually enjoy the collage, scrapbook-style illustrations but for some reason Berger's illustrations just did not move me. I think that contributed to my initial lukewarm feeling toward the book. My daughter enjoyed the poems but also did not seem to want to spend much time looking at the pictures.
I think this boook if definitely worth reading but if you find that you do not love it, I highly recommend reading it one more time!