From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5–Twenty-four limericks depict the strange happenings at an unusual school, including meals that move ("Spaghetti that wriggles?/And Jell-O that giggles?"), a principal with X-ray vision, and an alien teacher who turns unruly students into statues. Unfortunately, the rhymes are often forced and the lines don't always scan well. The colored-pencil cartoons reflect the wackiness of the poems but can't save the weak text.–Doris Losey, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Tampa, FL
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Gr. 2-5. Krensky offers 24 zany limericks detailing the adventures of students and staff of "a very odd school / That had only one little rule: / There was recess all day / To learn how to play, / Which everyone thought was so cool." Verses conjure a principal with X-ray vision that probes students' brains, cafeteria swill that turns people green, and everyday traumas in the classroom and on the playground. Petrosino's colorful, cartoon-like illustrations extend the humor of the rhymes, sometimes in surprising ways: french fries leaping from their container, smiling spaghetti crawling off the plate, and evil-grinning Jell-O cubes looking ready to attack accompanied by a text that reads, "Spaghetti that wriggles? / And Jell-O that giggles?" As always with limericks, some tricky rhythms will require a little practice before performing out loud, but this makes a great choice for group sharing or for children who are convinced they don't like poetry. Kay WeismanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved