A Hippopotamusn't: And Other Animal Verses

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While some of Lewis's animal verses are perhaps more successful than others, all are brimming with puns and good fun. The donkey, for example, ``is an ani-mule / Who won't put up with ridi-cule'' and although Tom Tigercat ``is noted / for his manners and his wit. / He wouldn't think of lion, / no, he doesn't cheetah bit.'' Unlike Jeanne Steig's Consider the Lemming , the emphasis here is not on characterization but on the joyful exhuberance with which Lewis ( The Tsar and the Amazing Cow ) embraces and stretches language--reminiscent of Ogden Nash. Chess ( Tommy at the Grocery Store ) contributes her distinctive, wittily drawn animals that cavort and grin from every page. The hippopotamus flosses between his huge teeth; a farmer, his wife and their dog share a vision of a roasted chicken as a blue-tailed cock ambles by. From the owl's ``mouse-mad night'' to the kimono-clad ``very first Rhino (from Tokyo)'' who reposes under cherry blossoms telling ``joke after jokeo,'' this successful collaboration is very merry. Ages 4-8. (May)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5--A parade of animals, in sects, and birds--tomcat, pelican, flamingo, turkey, slug--march through these 35 delightful poems--one per page. With a sense of poetic humor reminiscent of the work of X. J. Kennedy, Lewis of fers lines that are generously descrip tive in an amusing way: a tomcat is ``The bird-watching bandit/ On needle- point claws/ The chief of detectives/ On marshmallow paws''; a flamingo is a ``long/ cooooooooool drink/ of some thing pink''; a robin is ``ready/ to play tug-of-worm.'' Lewis reflects on the poses of a giraffe taking a drink, a pray ing mantis eating, and on the electrify ing habits of an eel. These poems will excite young readers with their fresh ness and perhaps ignite their own cre ativity as well. The illustrations have a humor all their own. Many of the crea tures (and the people) have the wide- eyed zany appearance that is so charac teristic of Chess' work. Her animals range from cartoonlike to stylized--all done in strikingly detailed full-color tempera paint, colored pencil, pastels, and pen-and-ink. An entertaining col lection of poems, cleverly illustrated.-- Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803705180
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/7/1990
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.33 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2007

    For anyone who loves to read aloud to children

    This is a faulous book for for childrena and adults alike full of hyseterical rhymes with puns, which young children love. Many short enough for young children to learn.The illustrations are wonderful.

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