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There Once Was a Very Odd School Hardcover – July 22, 2004

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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 Weisman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (July 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525469745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525469742
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,103,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
There Once was a Very Odd School and Other Lunch Box Limericks is actually a really funny book that needs to be read aloud. The book is full of limericks that talk about school, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some of the limericks are realistic, like the one about the shy boy at school who is only outspoken during guym. Others are very fictional, like the one about the teacher from another planet who turns students into statues. While the book is not organized in any particular way, the poems are still humorous and would be fun to read all at once, or individually.
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There once was a very odd school. Written by Stephen Krensky, Illustrated by Tamara Petrosino. As a parent of two young children and a teacher in training. I really liked this book. The pages were well done and creative. I liked the rhyming that Stephen Krensky placed into the story. The story has indidvual rhymes that are short and fun, but all are related to school. I can understand why this book received the "Childrens Choice" award. I recommend this book not only to children, but to parents and teachers as well.
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I thought this book was very funny. I thought its use of limericks was a very good way to get information across. It not only provided the reader with some laughs, it would also provide the audience some good laughs as well. There is some realism in this book, but it always keeps you on your toes. The illustrations went well the book. They go along with the humor. I enjoiyed this book thoroughly.
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This clever rhyming book is full of delightful laughter and brings a new twist to sometimes monotonous school experiences. The book's bright and colorful illustration adds to the silliness that author Stephen Krensky depicts in his limericks. The focus of the book is on goofy things that kids often dream up, such as a never ending recess or the mystery food served in the cafeteria. This is a great book for adding humor to any classroom reading experience.
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