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Super Silly Mad Libs Junior Paperback – February 2, 2004
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About the Author
Roger Price and LeonardStern created Mad Libs in the 1950s and the series has been a favorite among kids of all ages ever since. Although Roger Price passed away in 1990, Leonard Stern keeps the tradition alive by writing new Mad Libs all the time.
Roger Price and Leonard Stern are both well known for their comedywriting. In the 1950s Roger Price created and developed cartoons called Droodles, which were turned into a television show. Before that Price worked with Bob Hope on a newspaper humor column, and he even appeared on Broadway in Tickets, Please!
Leonard Stern has an equally colorful and varied history. Before co-founding Price Stern Sloan with Roger Price (Sloan came later), Stern was a successful television writer. In addition to his creative involvement with over twenty television series and over ten motion pictures, Stern worked with Jackie Gleason in New York writing the Honeymooners. He also wrote for the Phil Silvers Show, The Steve Allen Show, and wrote and produced the original Get Smart television series. Recently, Stern published A Martian Wouldn't Say That, which compiled weird and wacky memos written by people in the entertainment industry.Currently, Stern serves as a senior vice president of Price Stern Sloan, where he still writes those hilarious Mad Libs.
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Top Customer Reviews
Size wise, it is larger than most mad libs. It doesn't fit nicely into my purse (we take these everywhere and get them out any time we have to wait).
The blanks are not labeled with normal parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc) but with symbols. And each symbol has a list associated with it that the kids can pick from. This is the part that I disliked most. I like that with the normal mad Libs you can teach your kids parts of speech--harder to do with this one. I tried modifying it but not each symbol represented the same part of speech every time. I think we did one story before we tossed it.
If given the choice to buy this version again, I would not.
My tips for turning this into as much of a learning experience as possible:
- With 2 young children, we take turns, round robin style, for each blank. I participate also. A different person starts each night.
- Each word type has to be defined before an example is stated and written (i.e., "You have 'verb,' what's a verb"? "An action word" "Good, now what's your example of an action word?")
- Let the kids have fun with this and get silly. They think potty humor is hilarious, but we ask them not to say those words most of the time ("bottom, butt, toots, farts" etc.) But I let them do it during Mad Libs because let's be honest; they're not that funny without blue humor, and the kids laugh so much about the poop jokes that they don't even realize they're learning.
- Make Mad Libs a reward. We only do Mad Libs last, after we've successfully read a short story or three without much shenanigans or incident and with a reasonable amount of attention. Then we do our "Bedtime Math" problem, using our fingers to count. THEN, the kids BOTH have to put all the other stories and anything else away together. THEN we can do a Mad Lib.
I'm sure soon enough this won't be so captivating and fun for the kids, but for now it's an easy way to teach them about different kinds of words. We also alternate some "regular" Mad Libs books for older kids that have more word types. That's how the kids learn what "adverbs" and "plural nouns," etc are (I learned too!).
Update: I loved the first page. We did 4 of them this morning and I could definitely do without the words: fart, butt, toilet, burp, etc. While I get that this type of humor appeals to the targeted age, I would rather my children be taught to think creatively with other words that can make a story funny aside from toilet humor...which we don't allow in our home. Maybe that makes me a no-fun parent but, quite frankly, I couldn't care less if someone thinks that.
(Not to be confused with kids who attend the Derek Zoolander School For Kids Who Can't Read Good)
❖ I won't explain what Mad Libs are in general, assuming that you haven't lived under a rock for the last half a century. But these Mad Libs are great for little kids that don't know how to read yet. Instead of having the type of word needed under the blank lines like (noun), (adverb), (verb) etc...it does the whole thing with symbols. So it will have a star where it needs nouns, an arrow where is needs verbs, etc. Then there is a list above the MadLib of nouns under a star icon and verbs under an arrow icon so the kid can just randomly pick words without even reading them. (Obviously they will need someone who can read to read the MadLib back)
❖ Even if the kid can't read the words, they are working with the words. And that's healthy development of reading skills. You can even have them copy the words from the provided lists into the blank spots. Again, even if they don't know what the words are, they can copy the letters. This helps with writing skills. And since they are categorized, the MadLib will work properly even by random selection. (By that I mean they will be silly and fun)
❖ As for the enjoyment factor...it's Mad Libs. Come on! Who can't have fun with Mad Libs?