- Age Range: 7 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 6
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Pap/Psc edition (April 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402238339
- ISBN-13: 978-1402238338
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tighty Whitey Spider: And More Wacky Animal Poems I Totally Made Up Paperback – April 1, 2010
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Grade 1–4—This collection of 58 animal poems features imaginative flights of fancy and comic exaggeration. Some use wordplay (like "Abrocat the Acrobat"), others are story poems, and many are spoofs on well-known pieces. "If You Give a Mouse a Motorcycle" includes the lines: "He'll start working at the circus/Where he'll take away your breath/As he rides with other rodents/In the flaming cage of death." This contemporary, irreverent tone is sure to please children, especially boys. Not all of the verses are technically perfect, and some are lacking in originality and surprise (in "Frog Ball," the creature excels, of course, at catching flies). But adults may notice these faults more than the intended audience. The sketchy ink cartoons add a slapdash quality but not much more. This isn't on a par with Shel Silverstein's work, but it's similar in some ways and may appeal to the same audience. Collections looking for poetry with high appeal may want to add it.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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"It's official: Kenn Nesbitt's poetry is kid- and parent-approved! His 'wacky animal poems' carry the common thread of silly critters in impossible situations a recipe for laugh-out-loud page-turning fun." - She is too Fond of Books
"So many of the poems are funny, but they are also very smart and full of little twists. I know kids will love the surprise endings. I think this really is a book that kids will want to read over and over again -- even those reluctant readers." - Booking Mama
" Kenn Nesbitt combines animals and craziness into some wacky poems.
" - The Brain Lair
"The Tighty Whitey Spider is exactly the kind of book my daughter would have loved when she was in elementary school. I can't think of a better way to help younger children develop an early appreciation for poetry than reading Nesbitt's poems." - The Mother Daughter Book Club
"Yes, they are funny and a little wacky - this book should have you chuckling with smiles." - Homeschool Buzz
"Nesbitt's poems are funny and have a well, wacky off-beat kind of humor that really connects with kids (and their teachers and parents, I might add)." - Lit for Kids
"The poems aren't dull and boring, they are full of action and fun...If all poetry was this exciting, I'd definitely read more!" - Jenns Bookshelves
"...his new book, The Tighty Whitey Spider (with illustrations by Ethan Long) would make me a fan even if I wasn't already one." - Gotta Book
"First of all, the main little critter is sporting nothing but his tighty whitey underwear. This alone had my kids giggling." - KC Books
"...they'll be creeping and crawling to get their hands on this collection of zany rhymes." - Children's Book Review
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