Mad as a Wet Hen!: And Other Funny Idioms

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Have you ever been so angry that you were mad as a wet hen? The meanings of 134 lively idioms are explained in this entertaining and useful book. "It's not easy to find a book that will delight English teachers as well as young browsers, but this one succeeds admirably." -- Booklist

Illustrates and explains over 100 common English idioms, in categories including animals, body parts, and colors.

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Overview

Have you ever been so angry that you were mad as a wet hen? The meanings of 134 lively idioms are explained in this entertaining and useful book. "It's not easy to find a book that will delight English teachers as well as young browsers, but this one succeeds admirably." -- Booklist

Illustrates and explains over 100 common English idioms, in categories including animals, body parts, and colors.

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"It's not easy to find a book that will delight English teachers as well as young browsers, but this one succeeds admirably." Booklist, ALA
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6 Whether children find themselves ``under the weather'' or ``in the dog house,'' idioms are always with them. This playful look at our challenging lan guage provides definitions of 136 such col loquial expressions, including brief histor ical explanations for nearly half of them. As he did in In a Pickle Clarion, 1983, Terban interprets some of the idioms which make English conversation so col orful and, at times, confusing. Maestro's two-color cartoon-like illustrations are amusing and informative themselves, pro viding visual clues that support the textual explanations. No one can help laughing at the obvious discomfort expressed by the anthropomorphic carrots as they are dropped ``in hot water'' by a benign-look ing rabbit chef. Although some of the ex pressions included are dated, the alpha betical index enables teachers and librarians to pick and choose. This book might be particularly beneficial in schools having a large ESL program, especially for older, more advanced students. It is a pleasant, although non-essential browsing item, useful as an adjunct to the language arts program. Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899194790
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1987
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.81 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Marvin Terban's popular wordplay books for Clarion include IN A PICKLE AND OTHER FUNNY IDIOMS and TO HOT TO HOOT: FUNNY PALINDROME RIDDLES. He lives in New York City.

Giulio Maestro is an author and artist who has illustrated more than 100 books for young readers, including Marvin Terban's GUPPIES IN TUXEDOS: FUNNY EPONYMS and IT FIGURES! FUN FIGURES OF SPEECH. He lives with his wife, Betsy, in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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