Smelly Locker: Silly Dilly School Songs
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Smelly Locker: Silly Dilly School Songs

by Alan Katz
     
 

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A collection of fourteen Silly Dilly songs, focusing on the silliest aspects of school—from smelly lockers and stressing about testing to class picture day and lunchroom angst—now in paperback, a format easy to carry, share, and pass around the classroom!

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A collection of fourteen Silly Dilly songs, focusing on the silliest aspects of school—from smelly lockers and stressing about testing to class picture day and lunchroom angst—now in paperback, a format easy to carry, share, and pass around the classroom!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Maggie Chase
Katz is the Weird Al Yankovich of kids' books. To familiar tunes like "I'm a Little Teapot" and "Take Me out to the Ballgame," he adds lyrics that enable us to glimpse into school life from a child's point of view. With the help of Catrow's hilarious illustrations and the author's funny lyrics, we soon find out that the food served in the cafeteria may contain moving critter parts and that it's never good when the note you wrote to a friend gets intercepted by the teacher. Though many of the tunes are to songs from early childhood, older elementary students will still get a kick out of some of the situations presented here, like smelly lockers (which younger students are unlikely to have experienced yet). Like Weird Al and this author, they may be inspired to write their own lyrics using a well-known melody. Some students may even be adventurous enough to present one of Katz's songs for a school skit or talent show. Just don't tell anyone I suggested it. Reviewer: Maggie Chase
School Library Journal

Gr 1-5

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

Kirkus Reviews
"Smelly locker! / Smelly locker! / Poor hygiene! / Foul and mean!" Sung to the tune of "Frere Jacques," this little ditty introduces some 13 other rhyming celebrations of the school experience that piggyback on familiar tunes. "Stressed About the Test!" ("Miss Mary Mack"), "Heavy Backpack!" ("Oh! Susanna") and the rest each receive an energetic double-page spread, illustrated with Catrow's typical zest, which milks the situation depicted for all it's worth. Although the scansion requires some occasional wedging to fit properly, it's a solid companion to the duo's other Silly Dilly offerings and guaranteed to elicit a lockerful of giggles. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442402515
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
06/22/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
603,561
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Alan Katz has been a print and television comedy writer for more than twenty years. In addition to being a multiple Emmy nominee for his work on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and Disney’s “Raw Toonage,” he has written for children’s programming on Nickelodeon, ABC Television, Warner Brothers Animation’s Taz-Mania, and many others. Alan is the author of several adult humor books; he has written humorous essays for The New York Times and other publications. Alan lives in Weston, Connecticut, with his journalist wife, Rose, and their children Simone, Andrew, Nathan, and David. Visit him online at AlanKatzBooks.com.

David Catrow is the illustrator of numerous notable books for children, including the other Silly Dilly books, as well as Kathryn Lasky's She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Mr. Catrow is also a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist whose work appears in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as in nine hundred other newspapers. He lives in Springfield, Ohio.

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