Something Big Has Been Here

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Something big is right here!

It is this book of wonderful, funny new poems by lack Prelutsky. If you've read The New Kid on the Block, you have some idea of the treat ahead. And if you haven't, all you have to do is start reading!

Here are four vain and ancient tortoises, a rat of culture, Super Samson Simpson, a meat loaf that defies an ax, five flying hotdogs—and many, many more people, animals, and things that are destined to become part of ...

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Overview

Something big is right here!

It is this book of wonderful, funny new poems by lack Prelutsky. If you've read The New Kid on the Block, you have some idea of the treat ahead. And if you haven't, all you have to do is start reading!

Here are four vain and ancient tortoises, a rat of culture, Super Samson Simpson, a meat loaf that defies an ax, five flying hotdogs—and many, many more people, animals, and things that are destined to become part of the lives of everyone who loves to laugh. Say them, chant them, learn them by heart, or just read them—Jack Prelutsky's poems are incomparable.The long-awaited companion to The New Kid on the Block. "A wealth of funny new verse from a favorite poet. Prelutsky's comic muse is at its best here....Another winner."—Kirkus Reviews. "Prelutsky has done it again."—School Library Journal

Author Biography:

If you are twelve or under, you have probably read - and memorized - at least one poem by Jack Prelutsky. He has written more than thirty books of verse, edited several enormously popular anthologies (and been extensively anthologized himself), translated a number of books, and is always at work on the poems for at least three future books. He has lived in Boston, Albuquerque, and Manhattan, but he says he is now happily settled in the Seattle area. Among his most popular books are The New Kid on the Block, Something Big Has Been Here, The Dragons are Singing Tonight, and Monday's Troll.

An illustrated collection of humorous poems on a variety of topics.

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Editorial Reviews

Horn Book
An unerring choice of subjects close to the hearts of children, a precise selection of the perfect word, and a ready humor are indisputably at his command.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If this anthology of light verse and black-and-white drawings from Prelutsky and Stevenson were a movie, it would be titled The New Kid on the Block Part II. In format, subject matter and tone, fans of the earlier volumes will rejoice in finding more of the same. These are not poems to savor for their metaphoric language or depth of thought, but are instead frivolous, rib-tickling verses about the ``Ghost Who's Lost His Boo,'' about ``Rhododendra Rosenbloom'' who buys perfume from a ``ten scent store,'' or about the ``Fearless Flying Hotdogs'' who are ``mustered in formation / to climb, to dip, to dive.'' Prelutsky's comic monologues focus on such topics as ``I am Tired of Being Little'' or ``I'm Sorry! for being a brat,'' or the irresistible declaration of love, ``Warteena Weere Just Bit My Ear.'' From Twickles and Moodles to the making of Grasshopper Gumbo, the emphasis is on the preposterous. Stevenson's waggish drawings provide half the fun in this comic collection that skips lightly on the mind and tongue. Ages 5-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
In this sequel to the bestselling book The New Kid on the Block, Prelutsky and Stevenson team up again to create an outstanding collection of humorous poems for children. These 100 verses focus on outrageously funny people, animals, and things such as five flying hotdogs, a rat of culture, the addle-pated Paddlepuss, Nigel Gline, and Disputatious Deeble. This arousing and delightful collection of poetry has something for everyone!
School Library Journal
From the intriguing title poem to the final verse, ``We're Fearless Flying Hotdogs,'' Prelutsky has done it again with childwise sparkling wit. Zaniness is in abundant supply with verses about a turkey that shot out of the oven (it was stuffed with unpopped popcorn); Denson Dumm, who planted lightbulbs in his hair (and thereafter was always bright); and the child who wants a pet porcupine. But also present in delightful numbers are serious subjects of importance to children, wrapped in silliness: ``I Am Tired of Being Little,'' ``Don't Yell at Me!,'' and ``I Should Have Stayed in Bed Today.'' Prelutsky's language is neither simple nor sappy, but rich with challenging words such as ``disputatious'' and ``alacrity,'' whose meanings are clear in context. The poems are short and snappy (many are only one or two stanzas), and Stevenson's accompanying uncomplicated and comical drawings give the book an uncluttered appeal. A winner for individual or group reading. --Lee Bock Pulaski, Brown County Pub . Libraries, Green Bay, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061857751
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 389,144
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Prelutsky

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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We're Four Ferocious Tigers

We're four ferocious tigers,
at least, that's what we seem,
our claws are at the ready,
our sharp incisors gleam,
we're quite intimidating,
our stare will make you blink,
our roar will make you shiver,
at least, that's what we think.

We're four ferocious tigers,
at least, that's what we hear,
our ominous demeanor
will chill your atmosphere,
and yet you need not fear us,
don't scream and run away,
we only eat spaghetti,
at least, that's what we say.


My Neighbor's Dog Is Purple

My neighbor's dog is purple,
its eyes are large and green,
its tail is almost endless,
the longest I have seen.

My neighbor's dog is quiet,
it does not bark one bit,
but when my neighbor's dog is near,
I feel afraid of it.

My neighbor's dog looks nasty,
it has a wicked smile. . . .
before my neighbor painted it,
it was a crocodile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    great writer

    ive had this book since i was 10 years old. and now that im 18, i still enjoy reading this book of poems. its amazing that no matter how many times you read it, it will always put a smile on your face. It cracks me up all the time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2002

    a reviewer

    In this book you will see some funny short and long poems that will tickle your funny bone or make you giggle a little.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Best poems for young kids!!!!

    My 7 yeras old just started showing intrest in poems and this book is amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    good, but not great

    The book was fun but some poems weren't the best poems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2002

    it rocks!!!

    it has great poems my teacher reads it to my class evryone should read it!!!

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