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Dirt on My Shirt: Selected Poems

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In his bestselling picture book Dirt on My Shirt, Jeff Foxworthy warmed the hearts of kids both big and little. Now, in this I Can Read edition, poems have been hand selected for beginning readers to enjoy. From meeting Auntie Brooke and Uncle Keith to searching for tadpoles and snakes, young readers will love discovering Jeff's vibrant neighborhood all for themselves.

Filled to the brim with hilarious poems and beautiful art, this book is the ...

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Overview

In his bestselling picture book Dirt on My Shirt, Jeff Foxworthy warmed the hearts of kids both big and little. Now, in this I Can Read edition, poems have been hand selected for beginning readers to enjoy. From meeting Auntie Brooke and Uncle Keith to searching for tadpoles and snakes, young readers will love discovering Jeff's vibrant neighborhood all for themselves.

Filled to the brim with hilarious poems and beautiful art, this book is the perfect addition to any I Can Read library!

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Comedian Jeff Foxworthy doesn't claim to be smarter than a fifth grader, but by the evidence of this collection of hilarious poems, he does know how to keep them happy. With its homespun stories of Cousin Lizzy and Aunt Foo Foo, Dirt on My Shirt won't edify readers of Tennyson, but it doesn't matter; good-natured "redneck" Foxworthy obviously listens to a different drummer.
Publishers Weekly

The bestselling author of You Might Be a Redneck If... and the host of the TV show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?turns his hand to versifying with this innocuous collection of rhyming poems about ordinary childhood experiences: "I like to play and splash and sing/ When I take my bath/ But it's the bubbles that I make myself/ That always make me laugh!" The humor stays mild-mannered and stresses the bonds of friendship and family, as in "Friends," which begins, "Friends come in all colors/ And sizes and shapes/ Friends share their jump ropes/ And friends share their grapes." Björkman (Aliens for Breakfast) punches up the text with plentiful illustrations in a cheery cartoon style. "Friends," for example, pairs with a picture of a grinning cat and dog, dressed up like pirates and together carrying a small treasure chest. A poem about sitting in a grandfather's lap gains interest when Björkman envisions it taking place in a small fishing boat, grandpa and grandson napping, a huge fish just about to bite on their line. As a bonus, a note at the front challenges readers to find the 30 creatures depicted in the book's most lavishly illustrated poem, aptly titled "What Do You See?" Ages 4-7. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy writes poems about his Aunt Foo Foo, his cousins, his grandparents, and his friends, as well as other familiar childhood things, including dirt, deer, noises, fishing, and bubbles. Some of the poems take up a page and sometimes several fit on a page. Unfortunately, the poems fall a bit flat especially because they are paired with Bjorkman's whimsical illustrations. Steve Bjorkman's work has appeared on greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings, and they add much humor to many of the poems. The best illustration appears for the poem, "What Do You See?" Here, lots of creatures are hiding. A brief note in the front of the book asks a reader how many creatures can be found. The note comes with a humorous illustration about lemonade, so hopefully is not missed. This collection does not equal similar works by Jack Prelutsky or Shel Silverstein, but the poems do provide some smiles, especially to kindergartners and first grade students. The poems also show that even ordinary things can become topics for poetry. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2- This contribution to the celebrity canon is by no means the worst, and Foxworthy's collection of light verse courts both fans of the comedian and their children. The brief poems are perfect for rote memorization assignments and cover familiar, kid-friendly topics like lost baseball hats and bubble baths. Björkman's artwork peppers every page with tykes and friendly suburban wildlife in perpetual states of pop-eyed delight. Alert readers may spot a note on the verso of the title that suggests an "I Spy"-esque hunt for images in the illustrations for the poem "What Do You See?" The suggestion looks and feels like an afterthought, buried as it is in fine print amid the bibliographic data. But never mind; this is still a respectable choice. Kudos to Foxworthy for his role in the production of an appealing, easy read.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061765247
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2 Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 349,880
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Foxworthy

Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country. He is the largest-selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy® Award nominee, and bestselling author of more than twenty-six books. He hosts the hit television show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

This is Mike Gutch's first children's book other than his unpublished "book" he wrote in third grade about New York State, which coincidentally is where he resides, in the town of Pelham, just outside of New York City. Mike lives with his wife and four children. When he's not making peanut butter and honey sandwiches for them or working for the Man, he's enjoying the great outdoors. If you'd like to send him a note on the book or advice on how to get anything unstuck, you can email him at mikestuckgutch@gmail.com.

Steve Bjorkman has illustrated more than seventy books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Dirt on My Shirt by Jeff Foxworthy, Emily's Everyday Manners by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning, I Hate English! by Ellen Levine, and Safari Park by Stuart J. Murphy. He also creates greeting cards with his brother, Carl, and together they have sold millions through Recycled Paper Greetings. Steve lives with his wife and three children in Irvine, California.

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

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    Foxworthy Fun

    If you might be a redneck if you like this book. Then again, you might just be anyone and like this book by Jeff Foxworthy. Poems to make you laugh by one of the best writers our time and human condition. A joy for young and old alike.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Foxworthy's Contemporary Children's Poetry a Worthy Read!

    I always viewed the characters in my own childhood poems a little suspiciously. Why on earth would the town crier run up and down the stairs in his nightgown? A little scandalous if you asked me! And why would anyone want to eat "curds and whey," especially on a tuffet?<BR/><BR/>Finally, none other than Jeff Foxworthy, who has long tickled our collective fancy, has applied his talents and produced cute, clever and contemporary children's verse such as "Uninvited Guests" about squirrels on the bird feeder. The ups and downs of cousin slumber parties, the chagrin over a near-sighted grandma applying lipstick, and the eccentricities of cousins, aunts and uncles are examined with affection in others. Many revel in the wonders of nature, as does "Missing," about the tadpole who is mysteriously replaced by a frog! Others, like "Bumblebee Breakfast," (Bumblebees like doughnut trees...) simply delight the imagination. <BR/><BR/>My favorite, however, remains the title verse announcing with abandon, "There's dirt on my shirt and leaves in my hair. There's mud on my boots but I don't care!"<BR/><BR/>What fun to read this to any child, even the child in yourself!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    My whole family loves this book

    My husband loves Jeff Foxworthy, so I bought this book mainly because he's like it. Both of my sons (1 1/2, 4 1/2) LOVE this book. My older son now has a number of the poems memorized. Girls might not care for the book, but most boys will love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    Disappointed

    I thougth this book was cute but what matters most is what children think of it & though I was sure my nephew would love it, he didnt. He loves to read and adding this to his collection was a waste. He just throws it to the side and reads all of the other books. It just didnt catch him like other books. He seemed to have gotten bored with it really fast. Maybe due to its different little stories and not just one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    Funny! Great Pictures too!!

    My sons (3 and 8) love to play outside so, the title caught my attention. Once I read the poem Dirt On My Shirt I knew I had to have it because it described my 3 year old. All the poems are good and most made me laugh out loud. The poem about the cat is very funny. I could go on but, just get the book and you,ll see.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

    I would disagree with Sarah - It IS poetry!

    This is EXACTLY the type of silly book that kids LOVE. If you would like them to know the poetry that Emily Dickens wrote, by all means, buy it for them. But if you would like to fun, silly, book for children, this is it. For those of you who are much too serious, remember, poetry does have many forms.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2008

    A reviewer

    the poems are perfect for kids!! this book allows them to enjoy and be kids for a little while. i think Jeff did a great job.we love this book because it allows us(rider too) time out from all the grown-up drama!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2008

    Foxworthy Does It Again

    This book is a great collection of rhyming poems with Jeff Foxworthy's unique perspective on growing up. It's a great way to re-live experiences from your younger days and I'm sure your children will enjoy it. I recommend it for it's wit and humor.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    Great for Kids!

    Kids have to deal with so many grown-up issues that it is sometimes hard for a parent or teacher to be able to deal with them all in the little time afforded. So this book should be very helpful for all--including the kid!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    Review on Dirt on My Shirt by Jeff Foxworthy

    This book is delightfully charming. From one funny poem to the next, children will love hearing this book over and over. I read it to my four year old son. He laughs until his sides hurt! The poems mostly rhyme, so of course he liked that. The use of rhyming words and the pictures are enough to send your whole family into laughter. Jeff Foxworthy uses words that kids can understand. They are more simple words, a good book for a beginning reader. The whole family will enjoy the comical adventure this story offers. It was something I could read that was, well, different.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    Great For Kids

    My twin 7 yrs olds just love this book. It is a group of poems but not your average poems. They have read this collection of poems again and again!

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

    dirt on my shirt

    this was an excellent book. My daughter's first grade class loved it. It was also fun from the adult readers standpoint. The poems brought smiles and memories from not only my childhood but from when my older kids were smaller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    It's not poetry

    I'm looking for a book for my little granddaughter and thought this might be it. Having read the first few pages online, I just feel let down. Here's a writer who doesn't know how to scan, for heaven's sake. The verses aren't the least bit imaginative, I would call them trite. Nothing here for the imaginative child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2008

    not happy

    I expected more from Jeff Foxworthy's reputation when I chose this book. The poems just aren't up to par and it's nothing close to 'There's Your Sign' type laughs. It's entertaining enough but nothing to rave over.

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