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Dirt on My Shirt

Dirt on My Shirt

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by Jeff Foxworthy, Steve Bjorkman (Illustrator)

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In this hilarious collection of poems, comedian Jeff Foxworthy creates a neighborhood filled with fun, family, friends, and more. Here you'll meet Cousin Lizzy, Uncle Ed and Aunt Foo Foo, cows with horns that don't go beep, dads in sweaters, also sheep. From the thrill of flying to the imaginary planet Woosocket to bonding with a friend over a shared hatred of


In this hilarious collection of poems, comedian Jeff Foxworthy creates a neighborhood filled with fun, family, friends, and more. Here you'll meet Cousin Lizzy, Uncle Ed and Aunt Foo Foo, cows with horns that don't go beep, dads in sweaters, also sheep. From the thrill of flying to the imaginary planet Woosocket to bonding with a friend over a shared hatred of spinach, these poems capture the very essence of being a kid.

Filled with sly humor and always affectionate, Dirt on My Shirt is sure to delight kids, big and little, everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

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

Children's Literature - Katie Ashley
Jeff Foxworthy brings his comedy to children through a hilarious collection of poems about hide and seek, playing pretend, and those eccentric family members we all have. Foxworthy writes about what it’s like to be a kid. Readers are introduced to the quirks of memorable characters, like Aunt Foo-Foo and Uncle Ed: “He has big red cowboy boots. And she has big red hair.” Characters like Grandaddy and Grandma, Roly-Polys, as well as an I-Spy-like adventure with the poem What Do You See?, create a fun way to enjoy poetry. Foxworthy uses imaginative language and engaging plays on words, making this book a great pick for children who want to laugh and learn at the same time. It is ideal for giving younger students an introduction into the poetry genre and rhyming words. These poems can be used to inspire creativity from students in the classroom. However, the book lacks diversity. While the illustrations depict children who seem to come from different ethnicities and cultures, the book itself is mainly about southern white culture, which Foxworthy’s stand-up comedy usually addresses. Because of this, this book would be best used alongside other poetry books that are more culturally relevant. However, Steve Bjorkman’s vivid and bold-colored illustrations of kids being kids will appeal to younger elementary students. Reviewer: Katie Ashley; Ages 4 to 8.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
I Can Read Book 2 Series
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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?

Steve Bjorkman has illustrated nearly one hundred picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Dirt on My Shirt by Jeff Foxworthy. He has also sold millions of greeting cards through Recycled Paper Greetings with his brother, Carl. Steve lives with his wife in Irvine, California.

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Dirt on My Shirt 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Readingmom33 More than 1 year ago
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.
TKTX More than 1 year ago
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?

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.

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!"

What fun to read this to any child, even the child in yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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Ginamich07 More than 1 year ago
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.
Pam2009 More than 1 year ago
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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akadeej More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.