Lunch Money: And Other Poems About School

Lunch Money: And Other Poems About School

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by Carol Diggory Shields, Paul Meisel
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 [the poems] with enthusiasm. ùSchool 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.

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
Hazel Rochman
nger for reading aloud. The daily events of school provide lots of fun in these bouncing rhymes and brightly colored cartoon pictures. There are verses about running for the bus in the morning, gossiping on the jungle gym, swapping and reswapping lunch, doing homework, and counting every single word for that book report ("This was a very, very, very nice book" ). Most of the situations are social, though there are some dreamers lost in a book or walking on the moon or hooked up to the Nintendo. The funniest piece, about the kindergarten show, is a medley of fractured fairy tales ("Little Red Riding Hood sat on Miss Muffet" ). Kids might want to read aloud the comic monologues, such as "Math My Way," and perhaps stage the group scenarios, such as "Pledge," where the solemnity is undercut by the inevitable classroom farce.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525453451
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 10.56(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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