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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  296 ratings  ·  72 reviews
We're sailing to
Scranimal Island,
It doesn't appear on
most maps....
Scranimal Island
is where you will find
the fragrant RHINOCEROSE,
the cunning BROCCOLIONS.
And if you are really, really lucky
and very, very quiet,
you will spot
the gentle, shy PANDAFFODIL.
(You may even hear it yawning
If the morning's just begun,
Watch its petals slowly open
To embrace the rising sun.

So put on your
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 3rd 2002 by Greenwillow Books (first published 2002)
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Prelutsky is one of those names I remember when I was a kid, one of those names which convinced me poetry is worth pursuing. I love poetry to this day and try hard to instill the same love in my children. Using Prelutsky to brain wash my kids into loving poetry is effective. They love this book, and in between hearing their admiration for the imaginative and fanciful mixed up creatures within these pages, I was not above slipping in the occasional "poetry is good. poetry is good. poetry is good" ...more
Eva Leger
2.5 - This was a bit of a let down. I was so pumped when I found this because Julia and I have a game we love to play where one of us comes up with two totally different animals and then we both try to figure out the best name for their baby. You can imagine my surprise and happiness when I found this.
First, this isn't just mixing animals, the author threw in vegetables and fruit, which just threw the entire thing off for us. There are enough animals in the world to stick with the animals, much
Prelutsky devises all manner of oddball animals by combining creatures with food or flora -- the very stupid Avocadodos, the awkward Spinachickens, the shy Pandaffodil and, my favorite, "the Detested Radishark":

In the middle of the ocean,
In the deep deep dark,
Dwells a monstrous apparition,
The detested RADISHARK.
It's an underwater nightmare
That you hope you never meet,
For it eats what it wants,
And it always wants to eat.

Its appalling, bulbous body
Is astonishly red,
And its fangs are sharp and glea
I took my niece and nephew to the library today, and my niece spotted this one on the shelf. She became very excited and told me how great the book was. We checked it out, and the three of us read this together.

The book was very similar to Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant: And Other Poems, but I think the kids enjoyed this one considerably more. The illustrations were more engaging, and made strong use of the background as well as the foreground. Creatures we had just visited, or were to visit on t
Natalie O'neill
This book of poems is really silly and funny, as is most of Jack Prelutsky’s poetry. What I found to be unique about this particular Jack Prelutsky anthology is that all of the poems focused on one theme - Scranimals. Each poem was written about a different fantastical animal that lives on “Scranimal Island.” As is typical with any Jack Prelutsky poetry, there are very distinct rhyme schemes and a great, creative use of vivid language and imagery. This would be an excellent book to use to model ...more
Karly Gnoinsky
This book follows a brother and sister who embark on a journey to an imaginary island. They encounter different creatures that have characteristics of different animals or foods, to make a twist on normal animals one would see at the zoo.The language used made the book stand out and the quality of the drawings was very eye catching. The information given about the different animals with varying characteristics made it fun and quick to read, while providing a poem set-up. The book could be used i ...more
Aubrey Thorne
Genre: picture storybook

Annotation: We're sailing to Scranimal Island, It doesn't appear on most maps....

Scranimal Island is where you will find the fragrant Rhinocerose, the cunning Broccolions, and if you are really, really lucky and very, very quiet, you will spot the gentle, shy Pandaffodil. (You may even hear it yawning if the morning's just begun, watch its petals slowly open to embrace the rising sun.

So put on your pith helmet and prepare to explore a wilderness of puns and rhymes where b
Gianna Pesce
This book was filled with poems about animals that had the traits and characteristics of different foods. The author combined commonly known animals with commonly known foods to create animals of his own. This book was enjoyable to read. The poems were fun and humorous and the illustrations were entertaining to look at. The illustrator created drawings that combined the animals and foods that they were associated with. The new creations of the "scranimals" made the poems more fun to read and I t ...more
I love it. My dad's fav is the potatoad.
Genre: Fiction, Picture book, poetry


Topic: imaginary island filled with imaginary animals

Theme: animals combined with fruits/vegetables; poetry;

Use: Read Aloud, Guided reading, classroom lessons on poetry;

Reading Level: Fluent

Illustrations: The pictures really bring the text to life. They reveal what such creatures as the Potatoad look like. The only problem being that the illustrations can limit the children's imagination by providing a visual instead of making them rely on their me
Oct 31, 2008 Keli rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 6-10

This book contains a series of poems that detail what can be found on Scranimal Island such as the fragrant Rhinocerose, speedy Ostricheetah and the sweet yet prickly Porcupineapple.


The text in this book is a little long for a read-alone and the concepts might be a little confusing for younger kids. But it's very funny the way words are combined to create hybrid animals. This can help kids with phenome awareness. On each page, the scranimals name is spelled out phonetically. The la
Ginta Harrigan
I really like “Scranimals.” Prelutsky merges animal names with plants, vegetables, and other animals to create new words and essentially new animals (e.g. petrelephant and ostricheetah). I read this book to my students and they loved it. They thought the new animal names were hilarious.

Prelutsky uses rhyme that suits the meaning of the story. He does so in a way that is entertaining and interesting. For example he writes, “Oh beautiful RHINOCEROSE, so captivating, head to toes, so aromatic, toes
Jessica Vanhemel
I am not a big fan of poetry in general, I normally don't enjoy reading it. However, this book with its captivating illustrations was a great find. The illustrations really draw you into the individual poems about the wondrous creatures on the island. The illustrations are not extremely fancy but they help tell the story well and really help you visualize exactly what is going on in the text. The illustrations are not super colorful, in fact most of the images are dull in color, the emphasis is ...more
Scranimals poems by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Peter Sis is a collection of poems each devoted to one or two different Scranimals. The first poem invites the reader to take an adventure to Scranimal Island to view some very rare and unknown animals. A scranimal could be the mixture of an animal and a food (such as a porcupine and a pineapple), an animal and a flower (such as rhinoceros and a rose), or two animals (such as a cheetah and an ostrich). Not every poem follows the same rhyming ...more
The poetry book, "Scranimals" by Jack Prelutsky takes readers on a wild, imaginative adventure! The first page begins with two young children going on an adventure to Scranimal Island. They invite readers to join them and off we go! From there each page features an "animal" found on Scranimal Island. The animals are made up and often combine an animal with another animal, fruit, or plant. This book will definitely make readers laugh. My favorite scranimals were the Broccolions and the Bananacond ...more
Janet Squires
Scranimal Island

is where you will find
the fragrant RHINOCEROSE,
the cunning BROCCOLIONS.
And if you are really, really lucky
and very, very quiet,
you will spot
the gentle, shy PANDAFFODIL

YES! Prelutsky and Sis are at it again in this crazy mash-up of animals and vegetables. Come along as Sis illustrates a fantastic journey of two intrepid young adventurers through an fantastical land fresh from Prelutsky's imagination.
I love this delicious mashup of food, animals and rhymes. I got interested in Peter Sis because he came to speak in Cedar Rapids, so we are trying to read all of his books. This one was illustrated by him and written by a prolific poet. Hilarious mixture of truth and imagination. Completely for fun. Good to read again and again.
This is a delightful, silly, charming book of poetry about animals mixed up. my favorite may be the pocupineapple. This inspired my 5 year old's imagination in a huge way, we read it through many times before it had to go back to the library.
Jack Prelutsky writes poems about scrambled animals. Some of the animals are combined with other animals, but most of them are combined with plants. Fun to read and decipher what two things he put together. My favorite us the Broccolion.
This book has had the added advantage of causing us to create our own mash-ups. Scranimals is a book of poems devoted to animal-food mash-ups, like the potatoad, avocadadodo, and radishark. So funny and entertaining! Loved it.
This is my kids' favorite book in a long time. They want it over and over, and will look through it on their own. Delightfully weird and clever--who wouldn't want to read about a gorilla mixed with a mango? I think we're going to buy this one!
A favorite of mine and students. Each poem tells of a creature that is a combination of an animal and a vegetable. Can you guess what a combo of a radish and a shark would be called??
This book contains 19 poems, 17 of which are about crazy animals and plants on Scranimal Island. Funny poems mix up two animals (the Ostricheetah) or an animal and a plant (the Potatoad), and tell about their life. Each poem is written from the perspective of the two children who have travelled to the island and are observing the strange flora and fauna. Fun!

This book would pair wonderfully with the poet's new book Stardines Swim High Across the Sky: and Other Poems.
Clever poetry (good enough for tweens!) from Jack Prelutsky with amusing illustrations of "scrambled" animals from Peter Sis.
Ashley C
four year old liked the funny combinations of animals,fruits, and vegetables, but the poems just didn't do it for us.
Catherine Johnson
This is a clever pairing of objects and animals. I would love to see what this would be like not in rhyming verses.
I have used this book in a second grade class to inspire the students to make their own mixed up animals. I've used it in a middle school science class to explain how chunks of scientific words have meaning. Finally I've read it just because it has wonderful prose, great pictures and some words I even have to look up in the dictionary. Everyone 3-93 has a wonderful time figuring out what each animal is made up of. I still haven't figured out what the Stormy Petrelephant is supposed to be, but la ...more
Kacie Fincher
I thought that both the story and the illustrations for this book were very creative. The story is about a little boy and girl who go on an adventure to Scranimal Island. There all the animals are a mix between two things. There are Radisharks which are a mix between a radish and a shark. There are Hippopotamushrooms which are a mix between and hippopotamus and a mushroom. Children would love this book and would be very excited to see what kinds of creatures were next. This book could be used in ...more
I want to use this book in my classroom and have the students make their own mixed up creatures for a class book.
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Jack Prelutsky is an American poet. He attended New York public schools, and later the High School of Music and Art and Hunter College. Prelutsky, who has also worked as a busboy, furniture mover, folk singer, and cab driver, claims that he hated poetry in grade school because of the way it was taught. He is the author of more than 30 poetry collections including Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your ...more
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