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Lunch Money: And Other Poems About School

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Here are twenty-four hilarious poems about school, where all kinds of unexpected things happen. From an unusual pledge of allegiance and jungle gym gossip to recess rules and the rules of addition, Carol Diggory Shields captures the experiences of schoolgoers with wit and verve. This rollicking collection is sure to keep readers laughing until summer vacation. 'A frisky collection....Kids will greet Athe poems' with enthusiasm.? ?School Library Journal Carol Diggory Shields and Paul Meisel also collaborated on I ...

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Overview

Here are twenty-four hilarious poems about school, where all kinds of unexpected things happen. From an unusual pledge of allegiance and jungle gym gossip to recess rules and the rules of addition, Carol Diggory Shields captures the experiences of schoolgoers with wit and verve. This rollicking collection is sure to keep readers laughing until summer vacation. 'A frisky collection....Kids will greet Athe poems' with enthusiasm.? ?School Library Journal Carol Diggory Shields and Paul Meisel also collaborated on I Am Really a Princess (Dutton and Puffin) and I Wish My Brother Was a Dog (Dutton). Carol Diggory Shields lives in Salinas, California. Paul Meisel lives in Newtown, Connecticut.

A collection of twenty-three humorous poems about school including such titles as "Math my Way," "Clockwatching," and "School Daze Rap."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Scores of adventures from a primary pack are tousled together on these hilarious pages of poetry. Comical animation, dynamic and fun, show class plays, missed rides, homework dilemmas and recess routines in this honest exposT on school life. Infectious rhymes and easy rhythm take a back seat to the on-target kid's-eye view of education.
Children's Literature - Andrea Brott
This is a short collection of rhyming poems about various aspects of school-trading lunches, the pet rat, math class. Although the illustrations are full of interesting details, and may keep some children engaged, my five-year old thought the poems themselves were "boring," and I have to agree. Most contain one "punchline" that is seldom humorous or clever enough to have been worth waiting for. The book also subtly reinforces various negative stereotypes about school in general (math is hard, teachers are unfair, classes are boring).
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-A frisky collection of 24 childlike perceptions of the zanier happenings during a school day. The poems' appeal relies on irreverent topics, robust action, sing-song rhythms, and rhyming couplets. The bright, expressive cartoonstyle illustrations highlight the rollicking nature of most of the selections. Kids will greet them with enthusiasm, but there needs to be more to poetry than rhyming words. Some of the verses do challenge young minds. The child in ``Who Needs School?'' has art, spelling, and calculator skills thanks to her computer, but realizes, ``...Just don't unplug me and I'll be fine.'' ``Moonwalker'' features the joyous, imaginative characters a youngster creates on her way home. ``Outside/Inside'' contrasts the vibrant goings-on outside the classroom to the humdrum inside. The word-counting antics of the struggling boy in ``Book Report'' leave a poignant message. In all, good for a quick, fun fix on a down day.-Ronald Jobe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140558906
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 197,716
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: NPL (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Shields (1935-2003) is the author of The Stone Diaries, which won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Canada's Governor General's Award. Her other novels and short-story collections include The Republic of Love, Happenstance, Swann, The Orange Fish, Various Miracles, The Box Garden, and Small Ceremonies (all available from Penguin).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2009

    A terrific read from 1st grade up

    My 1st grade daughter's favorite is the Pledge of Allegiance poem. Teachers also love it as a gift!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2004

    Lunch Money

    My favorite poem in this book is The American Flag because in the poem, all of the children are saying the Pledge of Allegiance, but they are interrupting it.

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