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.
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.
School Library Journal
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
Read an Excerpt
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,
and razor blades,
spikes, and spades.
Wally's jaws welcomed saws,
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