Find your funny bone and grab your giggles!

You're about to embark on an adventure through the hilarious landscape created by ALAN KATZ and EDWARD KOREN.

From the kingdom of His Royal Sloppiness (also known as the prince of fingerprints) to the trouble-ridden Pencil-vania, this is a world of hallway hijinks, show-and-smell, clean-freak parents, dentist dilemmas, bothersome brothers, and sinister sisters. If you are a kid, or you know a kid, or ...

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Find your funny bone and grab your giggles!

You're about to embark on an adventure through the hilarious landscape created by ALAN KATZ and EDWARD KOREN.

From the kingdom of His Royal Sloppiness (also known as the prince of fingerprints) to the trouble-ridden Pencil-vania, this is a world of hallway hijinks, show-and-smell, clean-freak parents, dentist dilemmas, bothersome brothers, and sinister sisters. If you are a kid, or you know a kid, or if you ever were a kid, this is a poetry collection to cherish (but wipe your hands first!).

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Like Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein, Katz (Take Me Out of the Bathtub) revels in the kind of schoolyard humor and wordplay relished by his target audience. These 100 light verses contain references to stale gum, troublesome siblings, outwitted parents, dirty underwear, farting in church, belly buttons and enough smelly things to make a fourth-grade boy laugh out loud in the library. Although the meter frequently stumbles, the topics are quirky ("I'm writing a love song to eggs./ They don't have eyes,/ they don't have legs./ They cannot sing,/ they cannot dance. / You cannot keep them / in your pants./ But they're my friends..."). They're often contemporary, too, as in a poem that begins, "I put my brother on eBay,/ but nobody made a bid." Koren (Very Hairy Harry), well known as a New Yorkercartoonist, amplifies the humor with droll b&w drawings in his distinctive, antically cross-hatched style. Perhaps the best section of all is in prose, consisting of 30 free-form "special bonus pages!!" called "Oops!There's More." Here Katz offers some of the funniest jokes in the book along with a mélange of digressions about his grade school career, advice for young writers and a tongue-in-cheek promotion for Uh-Oh, this book's sequel. Ages 7-10. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 6 to 10.

In his first collection, Take Me Out of the Bathtub, Alan Katz uses his comedy writing background to turn the classic camp and school songs into even sillier versions. Both the original poems and the illustrations in this second work have the feel of Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends. Unfortunately, Katz is much more heavy handed than Silverstein, either laboring the point or depending on bathroom jokes, as in "I've got a thermometer in my mouth/ because Mom says I'm sick. It/ is better to have it north than south/ (where she wanted to stick it)." In many ways, the best feature of this book is the "Afterword," in which Katz talks about his lifelong desire to be a writer. Though he can overdo the comedy routine here as well, Katz's account of what it took to develop from a second grade parody of Jack and the Beanstalk to a successful career may inspire current second graders to keep on writing and rewriting. In any case, New Yorker fans of Edward Koren will enjoy his drawings. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6- Katz, who established his place as a writer of humorous children's poetry with Take Me Out of the Bathtub (S & S, 2001), has another winner here. This collection of more than 100 short, funny, rhyming poems never lags. It includes occasional (rather funny) potty humor, such as when the young Shakespeare faces the toilet and pronounces, "To pee or not to pee." Puns and other groaners abound and are sure to delight young readers, especially boys. In the last chapter, Katz offers an offbeat account of how he became a children's poet and includes photocopies of some of his grade-school papers. The tone of this section is conversational, and every bit as entertaining as the poems. Koren's pen-and-ink cartoons resemble the art in Shel Silverstein's collections. The illustrations match the tone of the book and sometimes add extra interpretations of the poems. This is a great choice for reluctant poetry readers and aspiring class clowns.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT

Kirkus Reviews
Making a strong bid for the year's most uproarious set of new verse, this collection opens with a "Whoosh!"-"The wind is blowing / quite a breeze. / The wind is blowing / on my knees. / The wind is blowing / its spring dance. / It tells me I / forgot my pants." It closes by rhyming "laugh" with "giraffe," and in between delivers an unrelieved spate of clever knee-slappers on topics from sports to siblings, shopping to passing gas. Koren illustrates each of the 100-plus entries with characteristic crosshatch sketches-mostly of children wearing innocent, glum, annoyed or ingratiating looks, as appropriate. Katz's earlier outings, most of which were illustrated by David Catrow, may have more visual flash, but this one's both larger and more suited to independent readers. Children-never mind adults-will find the urge to read aloud from these pages well nigh irresistible. One more: "I stuffed my lunch / in my race car- / salami and some soda. / It used to be a Chevy, / but it now is a / Toy-odor." (Poetry. 7-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416902041
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 578,931
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Katz is the author of many seriously silly books for children, including the bestselling Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, illustrated by David Catrow. Alan lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, with his journalist wife, Rose, and their four children. He can also be found at alankatzbooks.com.

Edward Koren may be best known for his work in the New Yorker magazine, where he has published nearly one thousand cartoons. He has written and illustrated several children's books, including Very Hairy Harry. He taught at Brown University and received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives with his family in Vermont.

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The wind is blowing

quite a breeze.

The wind is blowing

on my knees.

The wind is blowing

Real-Life Soap Opera

My sister was fascinated

by the underwater scene.

She asked, "When did we get a round TV?"

I said, "You're watching the washing

Don't Look for Him on the Web

Little Miss Muffet

got scared on her tuffet

while eating her curds and her whey.

But little Miss Snider

just sat on the spider

and snarfed on Miss Muffet's buffet.

Foul Bawl

The score was tied.

Dave passed the ball.

I squeezed it with both hands.

I dribbled and then

shot it high.

A great hush filled the stands.

The ball went in!

Man, what a toss!

The whole team blew a gasket!

A perfect shot,

except that it

was our opponent's basket!

Two weeks went by.

Another game.

This time I stole the ball.

My hands were tense.

My chance had come

for glory after all.

I threw it hard.

I threw it fast.

As fast as it could get.

It wasn't blocked!

And yes, it rocketed

right through the net!

The crowd was mad.

The coach got sore

and sent me to my locker.

That throw was great,

he did admit —

but we were playing soccer!

This morning there's another game.

We'll win it in a rout.

It's baseball, and the coach said I

will surely play "left out"!

Text copyright © 2008 by Alan Katz

Illustrations copyright © 2008 by Edward Koren

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2009


    My eight year old son's teacher read a poem in class from this book and he loved it. We bought the book and he begged to read to me every night from the book. Being a grown up girl myself, I found the some of the humor to be a bit distasteful. The very passages that I disliked, however, are the ones that made my son laugh out loud. Who can be disappointed in a book that makes a child beg to read and laugh until his belly hurts? Not quite on the same level as Shel Silverstein and Where The Sidewalk Ends, but still a good collection.

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