Super Silly School Poems

Super Silly School Poems

by David Greenberg, Liza Woodruff
     
 

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A collection of silly poems that's perfect for back-to-school!

This school-themed collection contains wacky, wonderful poems about a recess secret, a show-and-tell mystery, a handful of homework excuses, and a sneaky, slithering, escaped class pet. These poems are sure to tickle the funny bone of any kid who's ever endured a gross cafeteria lunch or a teacher

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A collection of silly poems that's perfect for back-to-school!

This school-themed collection contains wacky, wonderful poems about a recess secret, a show-and-tell mystery, a handful of homework excuses, and a sneaky, slithering, escaped class pet. These poems are sure to tickle the funny bone of any kid who's ever endured a gross cafeteria lunch or a teacher with eyes in the back of her head.

David Greenberg's silly school poems will speak to kids, parents, and teachers alike. Liza Woodruff's fun illustrations are a perfect fit for these poems.

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Praise for David Greenberg and Liza Woodruff

BUGS! (by David Greenberg and Lynn Munsinger)
"Greenberg's grotesque salute to bugs will captivate and disgust readers of all ages with a satisfying rhyme. ... BUGS! is ragingly, repugnant fun." --CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

HOW ABOUT A KISS FOR ME? (by Todd Tarpley and Liza Woodruff)
"Together with Woodruff's ... bright and delicately outlined watercolor illustrations, debut author Tarpley's sweetly silly story is, like kissing, suitable for any time of day." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-19
A collection of poems to start the school year off with a laugh.These 15 poems don’t explore new territory, focusing on the usual suspects: homework, chewing gum, school supplies, teachers, class pets on the loose, boogers and cafeteria food, among others. While some rollick along, many suffer from scansion and meter issues. For instance, in “Better Than Baseball,” a young boy extols recess activities: “Yet none are nearly as cool for you / As lying in wet grass / Putting bugs and worms in your pockets / And bringing them back to class.” The worst issue with this collection, however, especially for beginning readers, is the dearth of punctuation. In the entire book, there are 13 end marks, not one of them a period, and just three commas. This makes them difficult to read, particularly aloud: “You’re going out of your mind / You’re terribly distressed / Then you walk in front of a mirror / You’ve forgotten to get dressed.” Woodruff’s watercolor-and–colored-pencil illustrations are a nice mix of spot, single- and double-page spreads. While they are amusing and certainly play up the gross-out and surprise factors, they also often give away the punch lines of the poems.Stick with Prelutsky and Silverstein. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)
School Library Journal
07/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Starting with a rhyming introduction, Greenberg delivers 17 goofy, kid-friendly selections focusing on some familiar trials and tribulations of elementary school students. Dog-eaten homework assignments, class pets on the loose, lunchroom hilarity, and the requisite potty humor are all part of the equation. A poem called "My Teacher Is a Mind Reader" is an example of the overall tone: "If you as much as whisper/Your teacher is aware/Scribble on your desk/You haven't got a prayer/She knows you're eating candy/When she hasn't even looked/And if you're chewing gum/Dude, your goose is cooked!" Colorful, soft-focus watercolor images accompany each verse, expanding the humor and adding sight clues. The "Final Word" is "So you've read this book of poems/Did they knock you to the floor?/Did they poke you? Did they joke you?/Well, that's just what they were for." A suitably silly read-aloud choice to start the school year or to introduce a unit on poetry.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545479813
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/24/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,116,009
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


David Greenberg is the author of such entertaining books as CROCS!, SKUNKS!, and BUGS! An avid reader as a child, David cites this early love for literature as his inspiration for becoming a writer. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and three children, where he enjoys reading, swimming, cooking, and boogie boarding.

Liza Woodruff is the illustrator of WHAT TIME IS IT?, HOW ABOUT A KISS FOR ME?, and TEN ON THE SLED. She studied illustration at The Art Institute of Boston. She lives with her husband and two children in Vermont. For more information, go to www.lizawoodruff.com.

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