The Tighty Whitey Spider: And More Wacky Animal Poems I Totally Made Up [NOOK Book]


It's Official:
Kids want more of Kenn Nesbitt's sidesplitting poetry. They can't get enough of his clever wordplay, wonderful imagery, and zany rhymes.

In this brand-new collection, Kenn has totally made up over fifty poems involving Acrobatic Cats, Kung Fu Pets, and Chickens on Computers.

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The Tighty Whitey Spider: And More Wacky Animal Poems I Totally Made Up

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It's Official:
Kids want more of Kenn Nesbitt's sidesplitting poetry. They can't get enough of his clever wordplay, wonderful imagery, and zany rhymes.

In this brand-new collection, Kenn has totally made up over fifty poems involving Acrobatic Cats, Kung Fu Pets, and Chickens on Computers.

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Editorial Reviews

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It's official: Kenn Nesbitt's poetry is kid- and parent-approved! His 'wacky animal poems' carry the common thread of silly critters in impossible situations — a recipe for laugh-out-loud page-turning fun.

So many of the poems are funny, but they are also very smart and full of little twists. I know kids will love the surprise endings. I think this really is a book that kids will want to read over and over again -- even those reluctant readers.

Kenn Nesbitt combines animals and craziness into some wacky poems.

The Tighty Whitey Spider is exactly the kind of book my daughter would have loved when she was in elementary school. I can't think of a better way to help younger children develop an early appreciation for poetry than reading Nesbitt's poems.

Yes, they are funny and a little wacky - this book should have you chuckling with smiles.

Nesbitt's poems are funny and have a well, wacky off-beat kind of humor that really connects with kids (and their teachers and parents, I might add).

The poems aren't dull and boring, they are full of action and fun...If all poetry was this exciting, I'd definitely read more!

...his new book, The Tighty Whitey Spider (with illustrations by Ethan Long) would make me a fan even if I wasn't already one.

First of all, the main little critter is sporting nothing but his tighty whitey underwear. This alone had my kids giggling.

...they'll be creeping and crawling to get their hands on this collection of zany rhymes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402248184
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 722,047
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Kenn Nesbitt is the author of several collections of funny poetry for kids, including My Hippo Has the Hiccups, Tighty Whitey Spider, Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, and The Aliens Have Landed at Our School! Kenn travels the country, visiting over 70 schools each year. His website,, is the most popular children's poetry website in the world.

Ethan Long is a popular children's book author and illustrator whose titles include, Mañana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul, The Riot Brothers series by Mary Amato, and his own creations, Stop Kissing Me! and the popular Tickle the Duck!
The pilot for his animated television series, Farm Force, won the Nextoons: 2005 Nicktoons Film Festival Viewer's Choice Award and is currently in development with Porchlight Entertainment. His animated short series ZeFronk, a cooking show starring a wiener dog with amazing cooking skills, premiered on Playhouse Disney in the fall of 2008.

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Read an Excerpt

My Kitten Won't stop Talking

My kitten won't stop talking.
She just prattles night and day.
She walks around repeating
nearly everything I say.

My kitten never says, "Meow."
She never even purrs.
She mimics me instead
in that annoying voice of hers.

She waits for me to speak,
and then she copies every word,
or begs me for a cracker,
or says, "I'm a pretty bird."

I'm not sure what to do, and so
I simply grin and bear it.
She's been this way since yesterday;
that's when she ate my parrot.

My Kiwi Is the Captain

My kiwi is the captain of a supersonic plane
that doesn't fly to Switzerland or Singapore or Spain.
It doesn't fly to Jordan or Jamaica or Japan,
or Serbia, Somalia, Samoa, or Sudan.

It doesn't fly to Norway, Nicaragua, or Nepal.
It's safe to say it doesn't fly to anywhere at all.
But that's the way it always goes for kiwis, as you've heard.
It's true that he's a pilot, but he's still a flightless bird.

I Have to Write a Poem

I have to write a poem,
but I really don't know how.
So maybe I'll just make a rhyme
with something dumb like "cow."

Okay, I'll write about a cow,
but that's so commonplace.
I think I'll have to make her be...
a cow from outer space!

My cow will need a helmet
and a space suit and a ship.
Of course, she'll keep a blaster
in the holster on her hip.

She'll hurtle through the galaxy
on meteoric flights
to battle monkey aliens
in huge karate fights.

She'll duel with laser sabers
while avoiding lava spray
to vanquish evil emperors
and always save the day.

I hope the teacher likes my tale,
"Amazing Astro Cow."
Yes, that's the poem I will write
as soon as I learn how.

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Table of Contents

The Tighty Whitey Spider 1
My Dog Plays Invisible Frisbee 2
My Kitten Won't Stop Talking 3
Molly Has a Myna Bird 4
My Kiwi Is the Captain 6
Frog Ball 7
I Bought Our Cat a Jet Pack 8
I Have to Write a Poem 10
My Chicken's on the Internet 12
Snake Mistake 14
My Dog Is Not like Other Dogs 16
My Cat Goes Flying through the Air 17
A Rock Makes an Excellent Puppy 18
Don't Ever Ask a Centipede 20
Polar Bowling 21
Has Anyone Seen My Chameleon? 22
Ferret Soccer 24
I Like My Triangular Kitten 26
Today I Touched the Buffalobster 28
I Bought a New Tank for My Goldfish 30
The Elephants Bounced 31
If You Give a Mouse a Motorcycle 32
On Top of Mount Everest 35
An Ordinary Day 38
The Dancing Baboon of Djibouti 40
When Pigs Fly 42
My Hamster Has a Skateboard 44
While Lying on the Grass Today 46
Just a Slug 48
Banana Dan 50
Gabby's Baby Beagle 52
Gerbil, Gerbil, On the Run 54
Speedy Sid 56
My Turtle Is the Sporting Sort 57
Abrocat the Acrobat 58
Hippo Sandwich 60
Belinda Bell 61
Beavers in the Bathroom 62
Forty Purple Porpoises 64
Whenever Yaks Play Basketball 66
My Camel Fights 67
From the Ants in Our Petunia Bed 68
Toby the Snowboarding Doberman 70
At Hamster Sam's Rodeo 71
My Parrot Doesn't Care to Fly 72
When Rattlesnakes Wear Roller-Skates 74
The Weasel and the Whale 76
Get Me Out of the Fish Tank 81
We're Skydiving Elephants 82
Gordon's Garden 84
Cara's Parrot 86
My Dog Is Running Faster 88
Monkey Dream 90
Kitten Fight 92
I Saw a Sloth Play Soccer 93
An Elephant Followed Me Home 94
If You Happen to Hop 96
I Have an Amoeba 97

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