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Ghastlies, Goops and Pincushions: Nonsense Verse

Ghastlies, Goops and Pincushions: Nonsense Verse

by X. J. Kennedy, Ron Barrett (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The rhymes and nonsense verse in this slim volume will enchant Kennedy's fans. Although not all of the poems are equally clever or well-phrased, all are guaranteed to be zany. Aunt Gilda, for example, ``wears twelve hat pins / All sticking out, so that / Those pesky crows with scratchy toes / Won't lay eggs in her hat.'' After he is eaten by a shark, archeologist Arthur McLarky's remains are only ``his shovel and car key,'' and Ignatz Pigfats gets his diet tips from a fried electric eel. At his best, Kennedy sprinkles his poems liberally with puns and rhymes: ``Whenever I / Eat ravioli / I fork it quick / But chew it slolistet .'' Barrett's bizarre drawings resemble 1940s Looney Tunes characters; a daffodil sports a coronet nose, an almost surrealistic baby is yanked up by the hair, and children with round Katzenjammer Kids faces stare at the world's nonsense with round button-eyes. Ages 8-up. (May)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- The tone of Kennedy's collection of 62 poems and limericks is silly, with subject matter ranging from ``Robert Robot'' (``Light your lightbulb! Look alive!/ Dust your dirty old disk drive!'') to ``The Case of the Crumbled Cookies'' (``My manhunt ends right at the shelf/ I snap the handcuffs on myself''). The accessible, child-appealing themes place the poems in the realm of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, and the best of Kennedy's poems offers a surprising image under all the word play and nonsense. Barrett's soft black-and-white drawings illustrate, but don't really extend the humor of the poems. Light fare that is sure to amuse. --Kathleen Whalin, formerly at Public Library of Columbus and Franklin County, OH

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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

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