Oh No! Where Are My Pants? and Other Disasters: Poems

Oh No! Where Are My Pants? and Other Disasters: Poems

by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Wolf Erlbruch
     
 

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It was simply the worst the most terrible day.
Nothing but NOTHING was going my way.

Ever have one of those days? The narrators of these fifteen poems have. They've had worm-in-the-apple days, friends-moving-away days, even forgetting-my-pants days!

If you've ever wondered whether anyone else knows what it's like to have a really bad day, this special

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Overview

It was simply the worst the most terrible day.
Nothing but NOTHING was going my way.

Ever have one of those days? The narrators of these fifteen poems have. They've had worm-in-the-apple days, friends-moving-away days, even forgetting-my-pants days!

If you've ever wondered whether anyone else knows what it's like to have a really bad day, this special collection of poignant — and funny — poems is for you.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rhyme Time Who better than Lee Bennett Hopkins to introduce a variety of verse, as editor of Oh, No! Where Are My Pants?: And Other Disasters: Poems, illus. by Wolf Erlbruch. The 14 poems introduce everyday situations, from the familiar calamity of classmates separated in Susan Hart Lindquist's First Day to Hopkins's own Stage Fright (I wanted the role./ The Prince./ The Prince./ I got it./ Knew it./ I was totally convinced) to Karla Kuskin's closing That Terrible Day, for which the narrator suggests amnesia as the best remedy: All in all you may find/ it is better to simply/ turn blank as a wall,/ as I did./ Now ask me what happened./ I cannot recall. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-These 14 short poems all depict little moments of being human. The disasters referred to in the subtitle range from big to small, from comic ("Hello apple!/Shiny red./CHOMP. CHOMP./Hello worm./ Where's your head?") to sad (a child is shown holding a dead rabbit, a classroom pet: "His tall straight ears, his long quick feet/Trailed like falling velvet drapes."). Embarrassment, shame, fear, chagrin: all of these feelings are so common in childhood that a collection of poems about them seems natural. Erlbruch, a well-known German artist, creates pictures that show this range of emotions beautifully. At first glance, they are deceptively simple and spare. A closer look reveals that what seems to be a quietly colored drawing actually has the subtle variation in texture of a collage. Ample white space, simple backgrounds, and a font that looks both childlike and elegant all combine to enhance this lovely book. A winner from a prolific poet/editor/compiler and a talented illustrator.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688178604
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/15/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Noted poet Lee Bennett Hopkins has edited or authored numerous books for children, including the I Can Read Books Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees; A Pet for Me: Poems; and the ALA Notable Children's Book Surprises. The recipient of a Christopher Award and the University of Southern Mississippi's Medallion for "lasting contributions to children's literature," Mr. Hopkins lives in Florida.

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