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Brod Bagert
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Giant Children

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  160 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Goblins. Boogers. Stinky boys. These are the things of childhood, and they're all here in this outrageous collection of poems that look at the world through a child's eyes. Featuring everything from the Giant Children of the title-who flip pages with amazing speed-to a turtle named Jaws, the poetry included here is rambunctious, irreverent, funny, and sometimes even gross. ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 17th 2005 by Puffin Books (first published 2002)
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Erin Bliss
Mar 01, 2017 Erin Bliss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has a big combination of kids poems. They all rhyme the same way and they tell little stories of children. I love this book, and my preschoolers love this book! They love the silly poems about kids, and they can relate to them very well because the kids in the book are their age. I would use this book almost everyday! If you read a poem a day, and had a thought book mark so the kids could ask questions, come up with a text reference, or something along those lines! Love it!
Jane LoBosco
Feb 16, 2015 Jane LoBosco rated it really liked it
Giant Children is an absolutely hilarious collection of poems that will be a favorite for everyone who reads it. I loved getting to read these poems, and they brought me right back to my childhood. I totally related this to when I was younger and my brother and I would pull pranks on each other. This book of poems is completely perfect for students of pretty much every grade. The younger kids will think that this book is extremely funny, and the older kids will completely love the style of writi ...more
Casey Brock
Dec 03, 2009 Casey Brock rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-books
Reading level: K (read aloud)-4

The pictures in this poetry book were done by Tedd Arnold. They are done in a very cartoon fashion. The "giant children" idea is carried throughout the book with the larger than life versions of the heads of the people. The most interesting thing about the literature in the poetry done by Bagert is the realistic fashion that it is done in. He really is able to connect with the child, especially boys I feel. Many of the poems are written in detail about what many a
Amanda Crusse
Oct 23, 2016 Amanda Crusse rated it really liked it
“Giant Children” is a collection of children’s poetry, by award winner Brod Bagert and pictures by Tedd Arnold. The books target audience is children ages 4 and up. The book won the Beehive Children's Poetry Book Award in 2005 and the Emphasis on Reading Award in 2004. The book is a collection of silly, sometimes gross, child-friendly poems.
I rated the book 4 stars because the poems are fun and relatable for school age children. Some of the poems take place in school, some take place at home and
Deb Jones
Feb 18, 2014 Deb Jones rated it it was amazing
Giant Children, written by Brod Bagert and illustrated by Tedd Arnold is a collection of 23 rhyming poems that are beyond silly and would appeal to the child in all of us. Tedd Arnold has also written and illustrated the Parts book series which is similar to the drawings in Giant Children. The poems vary in topic and in the style in which they can be read. The poem “Monster Me” centers on monster –trucks and has a rap-like quality that would appeal to young music lovers. My favorite poems are “S ...more
Mar 31, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it
This inspired collection of uninhibited kid poems is just sublime. It looks at the world of giant children (really just normal kids that seem giant to the hamster that lives in their classroom and narrates the first poem) and the roller coaster of emotions and experiences they encounter on a daily basis. The verses tackle diverse topics like sibling rivalry, a contrary Tooth Fairy, bad words (not what you think) and the obligatory boogers (with a disclaimer not to recite to adults). Arnold's sig ...more
Brittany Lee
Sep 15, 2013 Brittany Lee rated it liked it
Shelves: fab-40-file, poetry
Genre- Poems
Awards- None
Grade Level- 3-4

This book is a great book to get the students motivated to learn more about poetry. By teaching the students how to rhyme and also teaching them about different stanzas are shown throughout this book. A follow up activity that could be used with this book is to divide the students into groups and let each group take part of the book and find all of the rhyming words throughout the book. Afterwards they have to take some of the rhyming words that they found
Tyler Cempre
Jun 30, 2013 Tyler Cempre rated it really liked it
This book would be the perfect book to have in a classroom for independent reading. The best part of this book is the cover because I think it would really interest students. Many of the poems are funny and have good rhyming patterns that could be documented by the students. The poem that really got me thinking was A Letter to the Tooth Fairy. It is about a little girl who is upset that the Tooth Fairy hasn’t left her any money. It could lead really well into an activity where students write the ...more
McKayden Howard
Mar 06, 2014 McKayden Howard rated it really liked it
Giant Children is a fun and engaging book of poems written in verse. It is targeted to children between third and fifth grade due to its silly poems about potty humor. The wording is very entertaining and makes it interactive for readers because it encourages them to guess the next rhyming word. It is also understandable, which makes it great for the growing reader. The pictures are great; another masterpiece by Tedd Arnold. It would be a good read for children to enjoy with their parents. I hig ...more
Gina Erb
Oct 26, 2015 Gina Erb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 05-poetry
Giant Children is a book that if full of poems that are absolutely hilarious! The poems within this book consist of Stinky Boys, Booger Love, Chocolate Maniac plus many many more. I thought I had seen it all until I came to the poem about Booger Love, I couldn't help but laugh out loud as I was reading. Most of the poems within the book are rhyming poems. The graphics are eye catching. It is a great book to read as a read aloud to children. It is a book where you will be sure to attain the atten ...more
Dec 02, 2007 Deidra rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-and-verse
Written by Brod Bagert, illustrated by Tedd Arnold. Published by Puffin, copyright 2005.

Grade level: 1st and up

A fun collection of poetry that starts out from a Hamster's point of view of school-aged children who are the Giants.

Kids will love the humor of this book and it is a great way to get them thinking about poetry. They will especially love some of the gross-out poems in the book that will have them howling with laughter.

Possible themes/units: poetry
Mar 20, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Giant Children is a collection of poems that shows the emotions that children experience during childhood at school, home, with bothers and sisters and more! This particular book selected poems that are hilarious and show the funny side of what children goes through. The expressive pictures also enhance the main massage that the author wants to get across. I think this book is a great alternative those children 3-5 grade perhaps 6th grade that are reluctant to read poetry.
Mar 29, 2011 Becca rated it really liked it
Giant children has a poem for almost everything! From pets to siblings to the tooth fairy, these funny rhymes will make a class giggle out loud! There are ones to read for specific topics/subjects, which could easily be read one at a time. Would recommend to any elementary school grade. Younger grades could have these poems read to the them, and the older ones could easily read them on their own.
Dec 11, 2008 Brigham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, poetry
My favorite poem was The Scratch. The kid gets a little scratch and is having a fit. He really just wants a band-aid. The scratch is so tiny, his mom has to get out the microscope to see it!

Another good is A Letter to the Tooth Fairy. A girl is mad at the tooth fairy for not coming for three whole days.
Jim Sibigtroth
This is a collection of beautifully illustrated short silly poems. I read this aloud to first graders, leaving a few out, in a 15-20 minute reading period. There is an overriding story in the background and at the end we discover the giant children are really regular children but seen from the perspective of a classroom hamster.
Shianne Cokely
Feb 25, 2015 Shianne Cokely rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This was a really cute rhyming book. The only negative thing I can think of would be the confusion it might cause. Some kids might see the way the characters act and think they can act the same way. Ex. Picking on your sister.
Holland Crook
Apr 01, 2012 Holland Crook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that these poems were really cute. In the first one or two poems you get why the book got its title and I think that can be fun for children's imagination. I also think that the poems are a lot of fun cause it is easy to relate to them in a goofy way.
Gena Lott
May 04, 2012 Gena Lott rated it liked it
Bagert's poetry may be fun for some children, but he uses very conventional rhyme schemes and his poems lack the luster and mischief of Silverstein or Prelutsky. The illustrations, by Ted Arnold, make the book.
Feb 03, 2012 Liliane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This is a must read poetry book! I would definitely read this book to my children since I know that it will make them laugh. The illustrations are also great and silly. I definitely recommend it as a read aloud for young children.
Tina Weingroff
Nov 16, 2015 Tina Weingroff rated it really liked it
Giant Children is something I would have gone crazy over when I was a kid. It’s a perfect balance of funny and gross poems. The illustrations are colorful, bright, and wonderful. They are funny and fuzzy. The illustrations fit with the text perfectly. They are welcoming and centered.
Oct 27, 2012 Hope rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, to-buy, humor, school
I love to learn about the hamster at the end of this story. This was a laugh out loud for me and it is poetry. I cannot wait to see the reactions of the kiddos when they read this book of poetry.
Krysta King
Mar 03, 2015 Krysta King rated it really liked it
Collection of poems about funny things children do.
Whitney Roberts
This is an excellent book of poetry with humor and innocence laced through it. I will definitely be using this book in my future classroom.
Dec 17, 2008 Frank rated it liked it
Frank says he liked the end.

This book was almost a little too weird for me. It is poems. The illustrations are great (by Tedd Arnold).
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Great for teaching proportion/size/perspective.
Apr 07, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
MUST READ! This book is full of hilarious poetry, that anyone whose has been or is a child, will relate to. I recommend this book for 3rd-5th grades.
Kirsten Murphy
Jul 03, 2008 Kirsten Murphy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, humor
The poems in this book range from silly to sillier and are a lot of fun to read aloud!
Rachel D.
Apr 02, 2016 Rachel D. rated it really liked it
My favorite poem in this is "Booger Love". It makes my kids grimace, and it makes me laugh!
Mar 12, 2008 Charity rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mom's and Dad's to read to kids
Recommended to Charity by: The Poet
I bought this book for Paris, she loves it. I preformed "Bugger Love" for her, she rolled over laughing. :)
Jun 01, 2015 Rachelolivia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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Brod Bagert is the award-winning author of 18 books of poetry for children, young-adults, and adults. His work has received numerous awards including the International Reading Association’s prestigious Young Adults Choices award, the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, the Independent Publisher Gold Book Award, and Mom’s Choices Gold Medal. He tours some thirty w ...more
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