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A collection of humorous poems for children
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416902041
Branch Call Number: J 811.54 Kat
Characteristics: 132 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Koren, Edward - Illustrator


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Mar 11, 2015

125 pages of silly and at times irreverent poetry are in this book. Some of the poems are chuckle worthy and some laugh out loud funny. But many of them are only so so. These poems will appeal to the preteen crowd who think potty humor is the best and who would love to feed their liver and peas to baby brother.

Unfortunately there are also references to things kids will most like have no idea what Katz is talking about. Would an 8 year old understand why Shakespeare might say, "To pee or not to pee?" or what a boudoir is?

I would have liked this book better if they chopped it down in size by half, leaving the good poems in and mediocre ones out. Such as: "Don't know any mollusks named Harry, although I sure wish I did. It seems to me that Harry is a pretty good name for a squid."

The illustrations are black and white drawings. They are somewhat scribbly in nature and at times over busy. At the back of the book, Katz talks about his writing from early childhood on. This is interesting. Especially when one teacher said he need to write more creatively! This book in no way competes with Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky, but does have some poems that may become favorites.

Recommend for ages 8-11.


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Mar 11, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


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