For Laughing Out Loud: Poems to Tickle Your Funnybone

For Laughing Out Loud: Poems to Tickle Your Funnybone

by Jack Prelutsky, Marjorie Priceman
     
 

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Illus. in full color. "These nonsense verses combine the domestic and the gross, deadpan and slapstick, with a lilting rhythm and satisfying rhyme. The poets are well-known contemporaries including Prelutsky, Silverstein, Kuskin, Lobel, Viorst, and many more. The design is ebullient. Start or end story hour with these verses, and kids will know reading's a

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Illus. in full color. "These nonsense verses combine the domestic and the gross, deadpan and slapstick, with a lilting rhythm and satisfying rhyme. The poets are well-known contemporaries including Prelutsky, Silverstein, Kuskin, Lobel, Viorst, and many more. The design is ebullient. Start or end story hour with these verses, and kids will know reading's a pleasure."—(starred) Booklist.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Prelutsky introduces this volume of humorous poems with a verse of his own: ``If you have got a funnybone, / and I've no doubt you do, / then this completely silly book / is sure to tickle you.'' The poems are silly, full of high jinksstet spelling per Web. and clever nonsense. Although the author and title indexes at the end of the book are useful, a table of contents would have clarified the book's loose organization. A verse about Bella's new umbrella is followed by one about ghouls' ghoul-oshes. Poems about nuts, noodles and bananas fill one double-page spread while verses about rattlesnake meat, jellyfish stew and eating eels occupy another. Priceman's ( Friend or Frog ; Rachel Fister's Blister ) slapdash watercolor illustrations are full of energy and high spirits, perfectly suited to this eclectic collection that includes work by such favorites as Nash, Lobel, Kennedy, Kuskin, Yolen and Raskin. Ages 7-12. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-- Familiar funny folks who know how to tickle children's funnybones with silly rhymes are well represented in this high-spirited collection. Prelutsky, who gathered the verses, is here, as are Silverstein, Nash, Viorst, Ciardi, and an array of others, including songster Barry Polisar. Priceman's pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are whimsical, multiethnic, and humorous, adding significantly to the collection's appeal. Title and author indexes are helpful additions. Loosely arranged by subjects, the short poems take a kid's-eye view of everything from monsters and table manners (or the lack of) to food and parents. A happy book for all collections. --Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394821443
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/28/1991
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
546,475
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.33(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Jack Prelutsky was born in Brooklyn, New York.  He attended New York City Public Schools and studied voice at the High School of Music and Art.  He enrolled in Hunter College in Manhattan but left soon after "to become a beatnik".  Jack has been a cab driver, a busboy, a photographer, a furniture mover, a potter, and a folk singer.  He enjoys bicycling, playing racquetball, woodworking and cooking.  He lives in Washington State with his wife Carolynn and a vast collection of poetry books and frogs in every shape, size, and form — except living!  There was a time when Jack couldn't stand poetry.  In grade school he had a teacher who left him with the impression that poetry was the literary equivalent of liver.  He rediscovered poetry in his twenties, and he decided that he would write about things that kids really cared about, and that he would strive to make poetry delightful.  He has been writing poetry for more than twenty years and has published more than three dozen books for children.

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