Laugh-eteria: Poems and Drawings

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Douglas Florian has a way with poems-bite-sized, offbeat, laugh-aloud poems. Fans of Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein will delight in this new collection bursting with poem-riddles, flipped perspectives, and references to stinky feet, slimy food, monsters, noses, bugs, dinosaurs, and other perennial favorites. Get ready for the laugh of your life!

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Overview

Douglas Florian has a way with poems-bite-sized, offbeat, laugh-aloud poems. Fans of Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein will delight in this new collection bursting with poem-riddles, flipped perspectives, and references to stinky feet, slimy food, monsters, noses, bugs, dinosaurs, and other perennial favorites. Get ready for the laugh of your life!

"[These poems] provoke laughter while playfully manipulating language to capture the comical essence of things and events in a child's world."-School Library Journal

"Fans of Shel Silverstein will be delighted to discover Florian's work." -Children's Literature

A collection of more than 100 humorous poems on such topics as ogres, pizza, fear, school, dragons, trees, and hair.

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Editorial Reviews

Kathleen Burke
Zany, exuberant verse from the poet-artist whose creations will entice even a reluctant reader across the threshold to poetry.
Smithsonian's (Notable Books for Children, 1999)
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Who can resist a good laugh? Florian is on target here with topics that have strong child appeal and a bouncy rhythm and rhyme scheme. Readers will be drawn in by the unimposing layout of one poem per page illustrated with a humorous pen and ink drawing. The light verse and limericks cover such subjects as food, missing homework, the dreaded school cafeteria lunch, substitute teachers, dinosaurs, giants, witches, ogres and couch potatoes. There are also monsters lurking in dark places, under the sofa and down the street. "The Ooze" is just right to read on a foggy day. Teachers can use "Good Beds" and "Bad Beds" to lead their students to compose their own poetry. With this title, children will discover the fun of language and double meanings. Florian even looks for some sympathy just in case the reader doesn't find the humor quite so droll: The poems in this book/ Are meant to be humorous. / If they are not, / Please laugh just to humor us." Fans of Shel Siverstein will be delighted to find Florian's work.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6This clever collection of light verse, illustrated with childlike brush-and-ink drawings, is sure to draw fans of Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and other purveyors of nonsense. Favorite topics of humorous poetrymonsters, dinosaurs, disgusting foods and overeating, animals, school, and strange peopleall inhabit this volume. Most of the brief poems contain a wry twist, a terrible pun, an interesting bit of wordplay, or a small allusion that enriches their meanings. Beginning with Test Poem, Florian sprinkles the collection with selections about reading and writing poetry, including one titled Bad Poem that offers suggestions about what should happen to verse of this sort. As in On the Wing (1996) and Insectlopedia (1998, both Harcourt), a number of the selections contain lists of characteristics that may provide young writers with ideas for their own descriptive poems. While there is an occasional contrived rhyme or missed beat, most of these pieces provoke laughter while playfully manipulating language to capture the comical essence of things and events in a childs world.Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Florian's seventh collection of verse is also his most uneven; though the flair for clever rhyme that consistently lights up his other books, beginning with Monster Motel (1993), occasionally shows itself-"Hello, my name is Dracula/My clothing is all blackula./I drive a Cadillacula./I am a maniacula"-too many of the entries are routine limericks, putdowns, character portraits, rhymed lists that fall flat on the ear, or quick quips: "It's hard to be anonymous/When you're a hippopotamus." Florian's language and simple, thick-lined cartoons illustrations are equally ingenuous, and he sticks to tried-and-true subjects, from dinosaurs to school lunch, but the well of inspiration seems dry; revisit his hilarious Bing Bang Boing (1994) instead. (index) (Poetry. 8-10) .
From The Critics
"This clever collection of light verse . . . is sure to draw fans of Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and other purveyors of nonsense."—School Library Journal
"Goofy and clever and playful . . . A perfect book for any young reader who wants a laugh."—Paul B. Janeczko, author of A Poke in the I
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141309903
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,417,487
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author


Douglas Florian is the author-illustrator of many books of poetry for middle and younger readers. He lives in New York City.
Douglas Florian is the author-illustrator of many books of poetry for middle and younger readers. He lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    Laugh-eteria

    My favorite poem is School Lunch because it says that the lunch is from outer space!

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