Beastly Rhymes to Read after Dark

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DANGER! WARNING! KIDS beware! Bound in the bilious green-spotted fur (100% fake) of an unidentified weird beast, here is a book that kids will love—quite literally—from cover to cover. In the macabre spirit of the Halloween season, funny rhymes range from “Parasite Lost” to “Leap Halloween,” and are illustrated with gruesome graphics. Elementary school kids will want to be the first to own this outrageous fur-clad book, but librarians may prefer the standard library bound ...
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Overview

DANGER! WARNING! KIDS beware! Bound in the bilious green-spotted fur (100% fake) of an unidentified weird beast, here is a book that kids will love—quite literally—from cover to cover. In the macabre spirit of the Halloween season, funny rhymes range from “Parasite Lost” to “Leap Halloween,” and are illustrated with gruesome graphics. Elementary school kids will want to be the first to own this outrageous fur-clad book, but librarians may prefer the standard library bound edition, minus the fur!
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Editorial Reviews

Kristi Jemtegaard
Sierra is not afraid to reach for the unexpected rhyme…nor does she shrink from a little rude humor involving everything from bathrooms to the indelicate demise of Norman Noodlebutt. Brian Biggs's outrageously brash cartoons full of goggle-eyed creatures and gormless kids aren't beautiful, but they sure do suit the text.
—The Washington Post
Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
This spare little book is a delightful romp, chock-full of "beastly" little poems sure to tickle the fancy of bug and gore lovers everywhere. Colorful illustrations of, among other creatures, a toilet-based crocodile, a giant squid, and several howling baby werewolves, which enhance eleven rhyming poems. Educators might find these poems particularly pleasing to peruse during the Halloween season, as that holiday is the subject of several odes. Other classroom tie-ins include geography ("The Lavatory Crocodile"), the food chain ("Lonely Giant Squid" and "Pet Show"), and alliterations ("Twisted Tongue Restaurant"). The vocabulary is strong enough that individual poems could easily be isolated and used in mini-lessons or centers. Although marketed to the early primary set, this book would no doubt delight the right readers well into the early middle school years. Purchasers should note that, while the furry green-and-white polka dot covered edition would add a certain panache to one's personal library, the standard library print edition would definitely be the version of choice for librarians, educators, and others anticipating the impact multiple handlings will no doubt have on this wonderful book of very juvenile poetry. Reviewer: Kris Sauer
Kirkus Reviews
"Annie's babies like to bite. / Annie's babies howl all night. / In the daytime, they're much calmer. / They are werewolves like their mama." In a compact follow-up to her popular Monster Goose (2001), illustrated by Jack E. Davis, Sierra offers a handful of short verses-introducing several types of monsters, describing the fatal effort of diner Norman Noodlebutt to rid himself of a tapeworm ("Parasite Lost"), detailing the disgusting menu at the "Twisted Tongue Restaurant" and like excursions into the gross and nasty. Biggs contributes loud, crowded cartoon illustrations in appropriately queasy colors, and the poet signs off with an invitation to young readers to pen "beastly rhymes of your invention." Who could resist? Certainly not the elementary schoolkids this package patently aims for: "A darling baby crocodile / Departed from the River Nile, / ...She settled in the loathsome pool / Beneath the bathroom of your school." The trade edition is bound in appealingly hideous, mottled-green fake fur. (Poetry. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375837470
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Sierra is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Wild About Books; Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly Pie; Mind Your Manners, B. B.Wolf; and other award-winning picture books. Her collection of poems about penguins, Antarctic Antics, was a bestseller, and an earlier collection of scary poems, Monster Goose, a great favorite. She lives in Oakland, California.

Brian Biggs is the illustrator of the middle-grade Shredderman series by Wendelin Van Draanen and One Beastly Beast by Garth Nix. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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