My Hippo Has the Hiccups: And Other Poems I Totally Made Up

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Kenn Nesbitt's hilarious poetry is adored by kids. They just can't get enough of the great beats, wonderful imagery, and good ol' belly laughs his poetry contains! With over a hundred poems included, most of them new but some old favorites too, My Hippo Has the Hiccups is a laugh-out-loud good time. The audio CD features lots of the great poem readings and zany humor that make Kenn one of the most widely sought school speakers in the country.

From angry vegetables to misbehaving...

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My Hippo Has the Hiccups: And Other Poems I Totally Made Up

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Overview

Kenn Nesbitt's hilarious poetry is adored by kids. They just can't get enough of the great beats, wonderful imagery, and good ol' belly laughs his poetry contains! With over a hundred poems included, most of them new but some old favorites too, My Hippo Has the Hiccups is a laugh-out-loud good time. The audio CD features lots of the great poem readings and zany humor that make Kenn one of the most widely sought school speakers in the country.

From angry vegetables to misbehaving robots to the boy who is only half a werewolf, these are all officially poems Kenn totally made up:

my robot does my homework! | i bought a pet banana! | when vegetables are angry...

Be sure to visit Kenn online at the world's most popular poetry site for kids: poetry4kids.com

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Editorial Reviews

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This is Kenn Nesbett's first poetry book, but chances are that young readers have already chuckled over his verse; in fact, it's possible that they have already rumbled with laughter over his title poem about a "hiccupotamus." Nesbitt is the creator and keeper of poetry4kids.com, the most popular children's poetry website on earth. In this multimedia offering, this high-spirited Californian shares over 100 of his best-loved poems. The enclosed CD allows new readers a chance to savor this entertaining entrée to verse.
From the Publisher
"Kenn Nesbitt's new book is a perpetual scream machine, an 800-hoarse power, turbo-verb joyride, that runs on puns, and a bottomless tank of laughing gas, all the while doing wheelies along your funny bone. " - J. Patrick Lewis, author of Birds on a Wire and U.S. Children's Poet Laureate

"Taking lessons from Jack Prelutsky, Kenn Nesbitt feeds kids a seemingly boundless feast of belly laughs and funny-bone ticklers." - Bobbi Katz author of Around the Sun

"After sharing the CD, students clamored to the poetry section of the library to check out additional copies to use in Poetry Break performances... Teachers using this title to launch a poetry unit should plan on having several copies available for students to check out." - Library Media Connection

J. Patrick Lewis author of Birds on a Wire
Kenn Nesbitt's new book is a perpetual scream machine, an 800-hoarse power, turbo-verb joyride, that runs on puns, and a bottomless tank of laughing gas, all the while doing wheelies along your funny bone.
— J. Patrick Lewis
Library Media Connection
After sharing the CD, students clamored to the poetry section of the library to check out additional copies to use in Poetry Break performances... Teachers using this title to launch a poetry unit should plan on having several copies available for students to check out.
— Helen Presser
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5

This is a zany and at times challenging volume of more than 100 poems, 39 of which are read by the author on an accompanying CD. Nesbitt's consistent rhythms and unforced rhymes make these poems readable, but his subject choices are what will amuse children: from not-too-smart talking dogs, to angry vegetables in a stew, to goofy dreams about pink-headed zebras, everything is fair game for wild interpretations and wordplay. "Learning Languages" illustrates this well: "My mom and dad learned Latin/many years ago in school./My brother's taking Spanish,/which he thinks is pretty cool./My sister studies French/because she loves the way they speak./But I just like computers/so I'm learning Ancient Geek." Long's spare line illustrations add humorous touches. This will be a popular addition to most collections.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402218095
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 400,999
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenn Nesbitt is the author of several collections of funny poetry for kids, including Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, When the Teacher Isn't Looking, and The Aliens Have Landed at Our School! His poems have appeared many bestselling anthologies, including every book in the popular Kids Pick the Funniest Poems series, and anthologies from Scholastic with nearly 2 million copies in print. His works have been in dozens of school textbooks around the world, as well as national television programs, and numerous children's magazines. Kenn travels the country, visiting over 60 schools each year, sharing his wacky brand of poetry with kids nationwide, and helping to create a new generation of poetry lovers. His website, Poetry4Kids, is the most popular children's poetry website on the Internet.

Ethan Long is a children's book author and illustrator whose titles include the extremely popular Tickle the Duck: Don't You Dare and the hilarious sequel, Stop Kissing Me! He has also illustrated Manana Iguana, by Ann Whitford Paul, and the Riot Brothers series by Mary Amato. The pilot for his animated television series, Farm Force, won the Nextoons: 2005 Nicktoons Film Festival Viewer's Choice Award and is currently in development. His animated short series ZeFronk, a cooking show starring a wiener dog with amazing cooking skills, will premiere on Playhouse Disney in the fall of 2008.

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MY HIPPO HAS THE HICCUPS
My hippo has the hiccups and his hiccups shake the ground.
The fl oor is always rumbling when my hippo is around.
I bought him at the pet store,
but I missed a small detail.
I didn't see the sign said,
"Hiccupotamus for sale."

WALLY WARDS THE SWORD SWALLOWER
Wally Wards swallowed swords,
daggers, dirks,
and razor blades,
lances, spears,
garden shears,
sabers, scissors,
spikes, and spades.
Wally's jaws welcomed saws,
hatchets, axes,
power drills,
arrows, picks,
sharpened sticks;
that's how Wally got his thrills.
All the same it's a shame
Wally Wards should lose his life.
Wally croaked when he choked on a plastic butter knife.

TODAY I HAD A PROBLEM
Today I had a problem when I tried to make my bed.
My blankets and my comforter got wrapped around my head.
I went to fl uff the pillows but the pillow cover tore,
and feathers fl ew all over as I stumbled 'round the fl oor.
I accidentally grabbed the sheets and pulled them as I fell.
I have to say, it seems my day's not starting off too well.
I tripped upon a pillowcase and landed in a heap.
Good grief! That's it! I'm staying here

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Table of Contents

POEM TITLE
My Hippo Has the Hiccups
Today's My Favorite Holida
Today I Wrote This Poem
My Robot's Misbehaving
I Think My Dad Is Dracula
1 Crazy Place
I Went to the Barber
A Fish in a Spaceship
My Parents Are Making Me Crazy
Frank the Frog Collector
Izzy O'Rainty
I Taught My Cat to Clean My Room
Alphabet Break
Dexter McDwyer
Steve the Superhero
Snail Race
I'm Absolutely Full Tonight
My Dog Is Not the Smartest Dog
Bradley Beard Is Rather Weird
I Dreamed I Was Riding a Zebra
The Contents of My Desk
My Hippo Has the Hiccups
Today's My Favorite Holiday
Today I Wrote This Poem
My Robot's Misbehaving
I Think My Dad Is Dracula
1 Crazy Place
I Went to the Barber
A Fish in a Spaceship
My Parents Are Making Me Crazy
Frank the Frog Collector
Izzy O'Rainty
I Taught My Cat to Clean My Room
Alphabet Break
Dexter McDwyer
Steve the Superhero
Snail Race
I'm Absolutely Full Tonight
My Dog Is Not the Smartest Dog
Bradley Beard Is Rather Weird
I Dreamed I Was Riding a Zebra
The Contents of My Desk
Bluebeard and Redbeard and Blackbeard
My Foot Fell Asleep
I'm a Wizard, I'm a Warlock
Chicken Pox Connect-the-Dots
When Vegetables Are Angry
Wally Wards the Sword Swallower
Mirror, Mirror
Learning How to Juggle
My Magic Hat Is Marvelous
I Bought a Pet Banana
Can't Sleep
Sleeping Beauty
My Uncle Had an Ant Farm
My Elephant Thinks I'm Wonderful
Lefty the Lifter
The Tiger and the Zebra
My Frog Has Got a Steering Wheel
I Often Contradict Myself
Terrible Dream
I Cloned Myself on Friday Night
Moving to China
Our Teacher's Like No Other Teacher
Melody Ring
Hooray! Hooray! It's New Year's Day!
A Strange Old Man Fell Out of Bed
Melinda McKnight
My Penguin
Today I Decided to Make Up a Word
I Dreamed That I Was Sound Asleep
Sea Monster's Complaint
Andy Handy's Hardware Store
While Strolling Down the Beach Today
Peter Prim the Fire-Eater
I Bought a Maserati
Pet Shopping
My Goldfi sh Took Up Tennis
The Fisherman and His Wife
You Can Never Be Too Careful
I Only Want Ketchup
The Monsters' Musical Contest
Meat Loaf
Ignore the Red Rhinoceros
Mr. Invisible
Something I Need to Remember
Rapunzel! Rapunzel!
Today I Had a Problem
This Poem's Not About a Dog
Chester Sylvester the Jester
Flower Girl
Mr. Meecher, Science Teacher
I'm Only Half a Werewolf
Poor Cinderella
On Picture Day I Wore a Suit
I Built Myself a Time Machine
Juan and Tu
I Wrote Myself a Letter
My Car Is Constructed of Pickles
Gladiola's Garden
I'm Building a Rocket
Anna Graham
My Dog Likes to Disco
Gabby the Garbage Collector
The Monster Mattress Superstore
I Don't Know What to Do Today
Hap-the-Happy-Hyphenator
Dreaming of Summer
My Elephant Is Missing

TRACK LIST
I Was Having Some Cheese
My Hippo Has the Hiccups
Today I Wrote This Poem
Who Doesn't Like Poems About Robots?
My Robot's Misbehaving
I Think My Dad Is Dracula
I Went to the Barber
Frank the Frog Collector
Your Stinky Sister
I Taught My Cat to Clean My Room
Alphabet Break
Dexter McDwyer
I'm Absolutely Full Tonight
The Contents of My Desk
My Sister Thinks She's Santa Claus
Ideas Are No Big Deal
I Played a Game
Shelley Sellers
(I'm Always in Parentheses)
Don't Ever Bite Your Sister
A Meloncholy Tale
My Nostril Smells Awesome
I'm a Wizard, I'm a Warlock
Intermission
Wally Wards the Sword Swallower
I Bought a Pet Banana
My Elephant Thinks I'm Wonderful
I Often Contradict Myself
I Cloned Myself on Friday Night
A Strange Old Man Fell Out of Bed
Making Stuff Up
Today I Decided to Make Up a Word
Andy Handy's Hardware Store
I Bought a Maserati
Pet Shopping
Meat Loaf
Something I Need to Remember
You Can Even Write About Nothing
This Poem's Not About a Dog
I'm Only Half a Werewolf
I Wrote Myself a Letter
My Car Is Constructed of Pickles
Gladiola's Garden
My Dog Likes to Disco
Gabby the Garbage Collector
My Elephant Is Missing
I Remembered My Great Idea

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