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Overview

Open this book to any page to begin your exploration. Here are poems about things that you may never have thought about before. You'll be introduced to jellyfish stew, a bouncing mouse, a ridiculous dog, and a boneless chicken. You'll learn why you shouldn't argue with a shark, eat a dinosaur, or have an alligator for a pet. You'll meet the world's worst singer and the greatest video game player in history. You'll even find an invitation to a dragon's birthday party....Your friends are invited too.Over 100 hilarious poems about strange creatures and people—from jellyfish stew to a bouncing mouse, and a boneless chicken. "The illustrations bring the frivolity to a fever pitch."—School Library Journal. Index.

Humorous poems about such strange creatures and people as Baloney Belly Billy and the Gloopy Gloopers.

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Editorial Reviews

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A fine prescription against the blues at anytime of year.
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“It’s the author’s joyous sense of the absurd that propels the reader from page to page.”
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"It’s the author’s joyous sense of the absurd that propels the reader from page to page."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688022723
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1984
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.

James Stevenson is an op-ed contributor to the New York Times. His popular column, "Lost and Found New York," has appeared regularly in the newspaper since 2003. He was on the staff of The New Yorker for more than three decades; his work includes 2,000 cartoons and 80 covers, as well as reporting and fiction. He is also the author and illustrator of over 100 children's books. He lives in Connecticut.

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The New Kid on the Block

There's a new kid on the block,
and boy, that kid is tough,
that new kid punches hard,
that new kid plays real rough,
that new kid's big and strong,
with muscles everywhere,
that new kid tweaked my arm,
that new kid pulled my hair.

That new kid likes to fight,
and picks on all the guys,
that new kid scares me some,
(that new kid's twice my size),
that new kid stomped my toes,
that new kid swiped my ball,
that new kid's really bad,
I don't care for her at all.

The New Kid on the Block. Copyright © by Jack Prelutsky. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2001

    Very Very Funny.

    This book is great. I love Shel Sliverstein but this book is great. At school we don't do book reports we do book reviews. I did one on this book and read one of the peoms and everyone liked it. Now I hardly see the book in the school library. When I do see it I grab it. It is a great book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2000

    I am a grade 8 student

    I really loved the poems in this book, they a funny and stand out against other poems. Really a unique book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2009

    Cutest Audiobook EVER!

    I have a kid with disabilities and he loves this CD! The author reads some poems from the book and he makes the charaters come alive... He makes funny noises and sounds. My kid laughs and laughs when he listens to this book. It's heartwarming!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    A Childhood Favorite

    A fabulous book. Great poems that made me laugh as a kid. I like it so much that I find the need to buy one for my daughter because the one I had as a kid was read until it fell apart.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2004

    The Funniest Book

    Extra! Extra! Read all about the book The New Kid on the Block. It is an extraordinary book with many deep down funny poems! It has poems to put a smile on anyone's face. His books are so funny that they will lift you up when you're down. It is a great bedtime reading. I recomend this book to anyone who loves poetry, and a good laugh! You will have a lot of fun reading these poems. If you feel sad or lonely, pick up one of Jack Prelutsky's books. This book was like a roller coaster, because you really didn't know what was comming next. It seemed to me that some of his poems were about situations that you really might have to go through. Such as the poems The New Kid on the Block, An Irritating Creature, and Bulgy Bunne. Once I read this book, I had to read it again, because it was just so funny. I still laugh at the poems, it's just one of those things that just don't get old.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2004

    The New Kid On The Block

    ¿The New Kid On The Block¿ is a great book. It has funny poems that just might make you laugh in it. This book seems to have just about anything in it. Usually there¿s a twist at the end of his poems. Like in the poem called ¿Super Samson Simpson¿ where there is this guy who is really strong. At the end, his grandmother is stronger than him. I must say that was somewhat funny. The ending is what usually what makes Jack Prelutsky¿s poems enjoyable. Sometimes he¿ll have an illustration to go with his poem. Which is the case with ¿An Alley Cat With One Life Left.¿ There is a picture of a scraggly looking cat. When I first looked at the poem, I saw the cat and found it amusing. This is all before I read the poem. I think the illustration was a lot better than the actual poem. In this book, I found a poem I found most enjoyable. Like a lot of Jack¿s poems, the ending was the funniest part. It was called ¿Super Samson Simpson.¿ I mentioned it earlier. Samson Simpson was really strong. He could pick up elephants. When he did this, though, his Grandma picked him up. The part where Grandma picks him up is at the end. It was very amusing that his Grandmother could pick more weight up than her Grandson. This book was enjoyable for me to read. Jack Prelutsky has a great sense of humor and writes comical poems about just about anything. I would definitely recommend this book to people who can appreciate the good sense that Mr. Prelutsky has. That is why I gave this book, five new kids on the block.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    An outstanding book for children of all ages!

    I think that this book is the is one of the best poetry books every read. I think that every body should read this book. It deserved award.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2000

    Very well written!

    He's the best poet for kids!! I have the CD-rom for The New Kid on the Block and it is very very cool.

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