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The snappy new lyrics to familiar songs touch on everything that goes on at school -- from backbreaking backpacks and troublesome tests to antics in the lunchroom, at recess, and more. You might just need a...
The snappy new lyrics to familiar songs touch on everything that goes on at school -- from backbreaking backpacks and troublesome tests to antics in the lunchroom, at recess, and more. You might just need a hall pass to go out and laugh or giggle yourself silly when you sing along to these brand-new hits!
The "Silly Dilly" duo is back again with an irreverent, entertaining commentary in song about school life. From an ode to the odiferous contents of a smelly locker (sung to "Frère Jacques"), to a selection bemoaning the complexity of math, 14 ditties set to well-known tunes capture the absurd, laughable commonalities of the school experience from a student's point of view. Other subjects include the "Lost and Found," a post-recess visit to the nurse, the horrors of cafeteria lunches, class-picture day, test stress, and "I Don't Want to Do Homework!" (to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"). With exaggerated features and hilarious body language, Catrow's expressive cartoon characters capture the bizarre and ridiculous elements of the text. Imaginative, witty details fill the illustrations: portraits of "ABE" and "GEO W" (that's George Washington) hang on the wall; math problems instead of numbers indicate a clock's time; random art and inexplicable phrases ("3Z-4 Shut the Door") fill chalkboard computations; and anticipated vacation fun abounds at "Camp GonnaKetchaItcheeRash." A few syllables may fit awkwardly with the tunes, but for fans of the other "silly dilly" songbooks or newcomers, this one is sure to please.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
Posted March 3, 2009
Katz, A. (2008). Smelly Locker: Silly dilly school songs. New York: Margaret K.
Smelly Locker is a part of a series of song collections. This book features 14 songs set to classic songs familiar to many kids. This collection explores aspects of school, including heavy backpacks, class picture day, the lunchroom, recess, oral reports, etc. Each song is paired with a colorful and humorous illustration.
A problem that presents itself is the fact that not all children will be familiar with all of the songs used to create the general tunes for the song. I have to admit, I was naïve of one or two of them.
Another issue I have with this text is the fact that I feel like kids should be the ones to make up their own songs based off of the tunes to "I'm a Little Teapot" and "London Bridge is Falling Down." Of course, such a fun exercise is still possible as long as a teacher reinforces the fact Katz's versions are just a jumping off point for creativity.
Activities to do with the book:
Since students may not know all of the tunes presented in this picture book, a teacher could instead challenge students to think of these songs as poems as well.
A teacher could prepare a competition in which the students describe quirky aspects of their school building. The students could then sing and create a dance for the winning lyrics while the teacher records it.
Having this book present in a classroom or home could also encourage children to create their own silly songs or poems about the activities in their lives to help them create meaning, see the funny aspects of daily routines or relax.
So many pounds, I fear
if I look up, I'm gonna
topple over on my rear!"
"Time for ,mul-ti-pli-ca-tion!
Like two times three times three.
The teacher knows the answer,
So why's she asking me?"
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