My Hippo Has the Hiccups: And Other Poems I Totally Made Upby Kenn Nesbitt
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
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
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
"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
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
and razor blades,
spikes, and spades.
that's how Wally
got his thrills.
All the same
it's a shame
should lose his life.
when he choked
on a plastic
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
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.
Kenn Nesbitt is the author of several collections of funny poetry for kids, including My Hippo Has the Hiccups, Tighty Whitey Spider, Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, and The Aliens Have Landed at Our School! Kenn travels the country, visiting over 70 schools each year. His website, Poetry4Kids.com, is the most popular children's poetry website in the world.
Ethan Long is a popular children's book author and illustrator whose titles include, Mañana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul, The Riot Brothers series by Mary Amato, and his own creations, Stop Kissing Me! and the popular Tickle the Duck!
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 with Porchlight Entertainment. His animated short series ZeFronk, a cooking show starring a wiener dog with amazing cooking skills, premiered on Playhouse Disney in the fall of 2008.
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I just loved this book. It’s filled with quirky and fun poems that your kids will giggle over. There’s also a CD that includes the author reading some of his favorite poems and telling some jokes. I’m not much on poems. I do have a couple of collections I revisit from time to time. This collection had me coming back over and over. Every time I opened the book, I had to share some of the poems out loud. My mother and son loved those times as much as I did. And I enjoyed the fun illustrations sprinkled throughout the book too. Couldn’t help but smile. Looking for a rip snorting, rib tickling good time. Grab a copy and get to it! You’ll have a belly full or laughter and a heart full of glee. I’ll bet you love this collection every bit as much as your children will.