Frogs Wore Red Suspenders

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Twenty-eight rollicking rhymes from the undisputed master of hilarious verse for children, Jack Prelutsky, are matched with enchanting illustrations by Petra Mathers in this uproarious poetry collection. From Minneapolis to the Grand Canyon, Tuscaloosa to Seattle, families across the country will love this irresistiblemodern classic!

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Overview

Twenty-eight rollicking rhymes from the undisputed master of hilarious verse for children, Jack Prelutsky, are matched with enchanting illustrations by Petra Mathers in this uproarious poetry collection. From Minneapolis to the Grand Canyon, Tuscaloosa to Seattle, families across the country will love this irresistiblemodern classic!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In these 28 poems that alight everywhere from Tuscaloosa to El Paso, Winnemucca to the Grand Canyon, "the rhymes flow easily, set to a consistently bouncy beat that makes reading them aloud effortless," wrote PW. "The watercolors exude a puckish charm well matched to the nimble word play." Ages 5-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Prelutsky (Awful Ogre's Awful Day) trades his usual giddy hilarity for a tone of gentler glee in this collection of verse. Loosely knit together by U.S. geography, the 28 poems alight everywhere from Tuscaloosa to El Paso, Winnemucca to the Grand Canyon. In the Pacific Northwest, for instance, "Seattle is lovely,/ but I cannot lieD/ without an umbrella/ it's hard to stay dry." The rhymes flow easily, set to a consistently bouncy beat that makes reading them aloud effortless ("Baby in a high chair,/ baby in a bib,/ baby in a stroller,/ baby in a crib"). Mathers's (Lottie's New Beach Towel) watercolors exude a puckish charm well-matched to the nimble wordplay, and she lets loose a menagerie of her trademark sprightly animals, often fleshing out the situations in the poems. In "Carpenter, Carpenter," for instance, a mouse couple enlists the help of a builder to construct their house for the price of a cheese; the artist completes the tale by showing the couple, now with two additions, enjoying the reward with the carpenter at their kitchen table, their completed home emulating the shape and color of the prize cheese. In another, "There Was a Tiny Baker," Mathers chronicles the baker's day from sun-up to day's end, as he shares a cookie with his pet mouse. There's plenty of zip in this nifty outing. Ages 5-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
National Poetry Month calls for wordplay galore. Giggles are sure to greet The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders. With witty grace and great good humor, Jack Prelutsky serves up 28 poems about wacky characters such as balloon-riding Barnaby Boone and pudding-vaulter Granny Gooding. Especially engaging is his use of place names in unexpected ways. Penguins visit Fort Meyers, Winnie Appleton bounces a ball to St. Paul, and an elephant sits in an Indianapolis tree. The effect is of the real world delightfully askew. Bright watercolors by Petra Mathers match the comic tone of the text, with the illustrator often adding her own funny details: mitten trees, a swim meet with snakes and snails. These whimsical poems may well inspire youngsters to take the stuff of their own lives—and turn it into delicious nonsense. 2002, Greenwillow/HarperCollins,
— Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-The prolific poet is back with an illustrator who matches him in freshness and simplicity. The poems offer vivid glimpses of life; have a beginning, middle, and end; and have a clear underlying music and flow. The selections are for a slightly younger audience than much of Prelutsky's work: some poems are as simple as Mother Goose rhymes ("Baby in a high chair,/baby in a bib,/baby in a stroller,/baby in a crib"), while others would make great flannelboard rhymes for sharing with four- and five-year-olds ("In her garden, Sarah Small/grows galoshes, short and tall./Shirts of yellow, hats of red/beautify her flower bed"). Many of the 28 poems play with American place names, from Tuscaloosa to Tucumcari, and might enliven a geography lesson. Mathers's wonderful watercolors highlight her talents for color and expression. Her treatment of light is lovely, especially in her delicate and exquisite skies, while the comic dignity of some of her creatures, such as the frogs in red suspenders, suits Prelutsky's mood just right. A superb choice.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The title sets the stage for this delightful pairing of Prelutsky's (Awful Ogre's Awful Day, 2001, etc.) amusing rhymes with Mathers's (Dodo Gets Married, 2001, etc.) charming watercolor illustrations. Ranging from sweetly poignant to goofy nonsense, each of the 28 short poems about people and animals is devoted to a double-paged spread, providing ample space for the subtly whimsical pictures to add details to the rhymes and to enliven the meter with perfect piquancy and lilt. "Ten Brown Bears," who gobble plates of pies and then march home, are shown with one bear green in the face. "There Was a Tiny Baker" is illustrated with minute pictures of a teeny man and his equally teeny dog, nearly lost in the great expanse of page. Many of the poems are attached to specific cities or locales from Texas to Winnemucca, e.g., "Peanut Peg and Peanut Pete" in Atlanta. The cleverness in both language and art is demonstrated in "Seven snails and seven snakes / swam around the five Great Lakes. / They took seven years to go / from Thunder Bay to Buffalo." And the rhyme is illustrated as a swimming and diving meet. A brilliant match of talent that's guaranteed to make a hit. (Poetry. 5-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060737764
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 197,030
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.

Petra Mathers is the creator of many award-winning books for children, including Lottie's New Friend and Sophie and Lou. She lives in Astoria, Oregon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2003

    Marriage of Poetry and Geography

    We received this book from my mother-in-law for the holidays. I have read it to my five year old every night since. She loves it. And I like the references to locations throughout the U.S. A great book for both the poetry and making children aware of different locations. Thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2002

    Read Them Out Loud

    I heard these poems read on NPR this morning and decided to immediately buy it for my niece and nephew. I can't wait to read the poems to them.

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