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Dirt on My Shirt

Dirt on My Shirt

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by Jeff Foxworthy, Steve Bjorkman
     
 

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From bestselling author and comedian Jeff Foxworthy comes a hilarious collection of poems about 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

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From bestselling author and comedian Jeff Foxworthy comes a hilarious collection of poems about 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. With vibrant and comic illustrations by bestselling author and artist Steve Bjorkman, Dirt on My Shirt is sure to delight kids, big and little, everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

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.
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062231918
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/08/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,252,371
Product dimensions:
9.00(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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