A Pizza the Size of the Sunby Jack Prelutsky, James Stevenson
Here is another wondrously rich, varied, clever - and always funny - collection. Meet Miss
Jack Prelutsky is widely acknowledged as the poet laureate of the younger generation. (And many people would happily see him crowned with no age qualification.) The New Kid on the Block and Something Big Has Been Here are household words wherever there are kids.
Here is another wondrously rich, varied, clever - and always funny - collection. Meet Miss Misinformation, Swami Gourami, and Gladiola Gloppe (and her Soup Shoppe), and delight in a backwards poem, a poem that ever ends, and scores of others that will be changed, read, and loved by readers of every age. The Prelutsky-Stevenson duo is irresistible. Whether you begin at the beginning or just open the book at random, you won't stop smiling.
The poems varysome are little packets of energy ("Sardines": "Their daily lives are bland,/and if they land/they're canned") while others allow readers to take a stroll through their treasure-filled lines. Prelutsky puts his obvious delight in words to work, employing backwards writing and mirror writing, different typefaces and font sizes, unconventional typesetting, and unfamiliar wordschildren will scramble to find out what a manticore is and why its eyeballs might be nutritious. The poems' subjects range from spaghetti seeds, to a flock of defiant pigeons, to more philosophical musings: "I'm drifting through negative space,/a frown on my lack of a face,/attempting to hear/with a tenuous ear/what nobody says in this place." Prelutsky loosens his agile imagination in words, while around the pages cavort Stevenson's interpretive line drawings, shimmy-shimmying to the beat. Terrific.
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- 7.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
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- 8 - 11 Years
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A Pizza the Size of the Sun
I'm making a pizza the size of the sun,
a pizza that's sure to weigh more than a ton,
a pizza too massive to pick up and toss,
a pizza resplendent with oceans of sauce.
I'm topping my pizza with mountains of cheese,
with acres of peppers, pimentos and peas,
with mushrooms, tomatoes, and sausage galore,
with every last olive they had at the store.
My pizza is sure to be one of a kind,
my pizza will leave other pizzas behind,
my pizza will be a delectable treat
that all who love pizza are welcome to eat.
The oven is hot, I believe it will take
a year and a half for my pizza to bake.
I hardly can wait till my pizza is done,
my wonderful pizza the size of the sun.
Eyeballs for Sale!
Eyeballs for sale!
Fresh eyeballs for sale!
Delicious, nutritious, not moldy or stale.
Eyeballs from manticores,
ogres, and elves,
fierce dragon eyeballs
that cook by themselves.
Eyeballs served cold!
Eyeballs served hot!
if you like eyeballs,
then this is the spot.
Ladle a glassful,
a bowlful, or pail
Eyeballs! Fresh eyeballs!
Fresh eyeballs for sale!
Meet the Author
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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A Pizza the Size of the Sun is a poetry book by Jack Prelutsky. I think that the book is very good because the pictures really catch your eye by not having that much illustration but it is really nice. I also like this book because his poems are real and have good lessons in them. He is different than other writers like Shel Silverstein because his poems and pictures tell you what the story is with out reading the poem and that's what I like. My favorite poem is "Please Remove Seal" because it is funny and it is true because the sticker that says please remove seal is really ambiguous because you don't know what to do remove the sticker or there is a real sea in the box, it really makes you think. Also when you first read the poem "Please Remove the Seal" you think it dumb but when you re-read it really makes sense. That poem is a thinker. Another poem that I like and I can make a connection to is the poem "My Brother's Really Stingy" because when my brother has silly bands and I ask him for one and he says you can have one, and it is broken it reminds of this poem "My Brother's Really Stingy" when the big brother asks for a lowly- pop then the little brother licks it and says now you can have it. That reminds me of my brother and me. Another poem that I can really relate to is "My Mother Makes Me Chicken" because almost every night for dinner we have chicken, grilled chicken, barbecue chicken, breaded chicken and all other chicken recipes. I really get sick of eating chicken, it is good one day but it gets over the top. Once when my mom was in Australia and she found chicken chips. I really don't like chicken. Jack Prelutsky is a great poem writer; I recommend this book to any one who wants a good laugh and a good poem book. You should get this book because his pictures are great and his poems are fantastic also they have a nice rhyming scheme and also he is one of the best poets out there. His poems are awesome and I can really relate to them, it is like the poem book of my life, the poems are also really ambiguous but I can understand them once you read them again. I think he is the best poet ever.
I used to love Jack Prelutsky's poetry when I was little. I remember bringing it in for show and tell one day to read one of my favorite poems from this book and the teacher was so interested in it that she had us put on a play reciting the poetry. It was a lot of fun.
I could only laugh when I read this hilarious book. It's fun to read! It's fun to have on a rainy day. If you read this you'll have fun, fun, fun. We all need fun in our lives. And every now and then we need to have a good laugh. So if you're having a bad day, and need some laughter, read this book.
Calling attention to all comedians, poetry fanatics, and people experiencing major boredom! This book can help all those people. It also helps you pronunciate words correctly because some of the poems are tongue-twisters. I'll even read them out loud to myself because I know I'm learning how to speak better. This book really helped me mouthe better English. I'm sure it will help you the same way. What a marvelous book!!!
I think all of the poems in this book are funny. The best thing in the book is they showed you pictures so that you can get a better idea and imagine in your mind.I would recommend this book to people that like to be silly.I wish that every one could read this book and feel silly.That's my online review.
This book was a #1 and I loved it! I, being an 11 year old girl, have to tell all parents, children, and teachers this is a fanominal poetry book and I am certanly captivated by this outstanding book, I most completely think you will agree. I can't begin to express the joy I attained by reading this amazing book by J.Prelutsky. I recomened that anyone who reads this should go to their pubic or school library right away and check out,'A Pizza the size of the Sun.' Fanaly to all people reading this This is a great book, and let me be frank, I will charish and keep its inspirational poems close to my heart.
Review for ¿a Pizza the size of the Sun¿ Book by Jack Prelutsky Review by Ryan 5 pizzas Jack Prelutsky writes funny poems, sad poems and weird poems but I like them all because I can usually make a connection to all of his poems. That is something that makes me want to read a poem. Not what its about or whose in it but If it looks like something I can make a connection to I will read it. This is why I like to read Jack Prelutsky poem books. I like the poem called ¿Bugs Bugs¿ because it I like bugs and I have seen them in many different sizes, shapes and colors so I can relate to this poem. The poem I am going to present to the class I can relate to it seems crystal clear to me. I like the poem ¿Do Not Approach An Emu¿ because it is true so don¿t come close to an Emu because you never now when it will kick you. Some connections I have with the book are when I¿m at the zoo I never get to close to an Emu. The poem ¿ I think My Computers Crazy¿ I can relate to because some times my computer gets screwed up and it makes me mad. It takes a while to fix and sometimes it takes days till I can go back on again. My favorite poem is ¿ I WasWalkingIn A Circle¿. Its my favorite poem because because it repeats and it makes me laugh. It also is funny and is weird. This book overall I thought it was a great book for poems. It mad me laugh and I would tell other people to read this poem book by Jack Prelutsky because it is a great book. I would also tell them to read other books by Jack Prelutsky. The reason why I rated my book 5 pizzas is because it made me laugh and I actually liked to read it. This is why I rated this book 5 pizzas.
This is a wonderful example of Prelutsky's works. He's written many others, and I have enjoyed them all. The New Kid On The Block is a humorous poem about a mean girl, and as in most of the other poems, you only find the funny part at the very end. The last 2 lines are like this: 'That new kid's really bad, I don't care for her at all.' Very humorous works, as always, by Jack Prelutsky.
These poems make me laugh so hard I fall of my seat.