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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
...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 3rd 2002 by Greenwillow Books (first published 2002)
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Kathryn
Aug 16, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-my-boys, poetry
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
Sabra
Apr 21, 2008 Sabra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
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
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Eva Leger
May 27, 2011 Eva Leger rated it it was ok
Shelves: julias-books
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
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phan trash #1
Apr 24, 2013 phan trash #1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
porcupinniapples
Amy
Apr 23, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Natalie O'neill
Feb 19, 2014 Natalie O'neill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Olivia
I love it. My dad's fav is the potatoad.
Chad
Jan 11, 2017 Chad rated it really liked it
Hilarious!
Keli
Oct 31, 2008 Keli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 6-10
Synopsis

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.

Review

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
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Jessica Vanhemel
Feb 25, 2013 Jessica Vanhemel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Kelly
Oct 02, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Delicia
Oct 01, 2009 Delicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classroom-fluent
Genre: Fiction, Picture book, poetry

Audience:

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
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Ch13_julie
Mar 08, 2013 Ch13_julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Ginta Harrigan
Oct 12, 2011 Ginta Harrigan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
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Aubrey Thorne
Sep 23, 2014 Aubrey Thorne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slib-520
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
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Jen
Dec 08, 2016 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
The syllabic pronunciations in the corner are a cute touch. In general, the book is pretty imaginative and weird but not outstanding (in my opinion).
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
Monica
Apr 04, 2009 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wee-beasty-books
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
Apr 14, 2013 Kacie Fincher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
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
Becky
Aug 06, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2013
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.
Jill
Oct 05, 2010 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would choose two stars because this book is just plain bizarre - but my kids loved it. Why is that? They fought over it at bedtime a few nights and took it in the car once or twice and poured over it here and there for a few days. The illustrations are interesting and sometimes a bit disturbing (spinchicken comes to mind) but the combination of animals with animals or animals with food as well as the funky word play were hysterical hooks for my kids. I liked the back cover best. However, I sti ...more
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
Rachel
What do you get when you cross an avocado with a dodo bird? An avocadodo, and many other wild, wonderful, and hard to pronounce creatures from the unpredictable imagination of Jack Prelutsky. Peter Sis (as always) does a phenomenal job bringing these creatures to life with his illustrations. In each picture of the featured scranimal you get a hint of what's to come. Greatly imaginative book, but you may want to practice the pronunciation of some of the scranimals before reading aloud (and Prelut ...more
Lucia Benzor
He is such a great poet! As good if not better than his other work. Illustrations were so so creative and I have never seen any drawings like that before in any other book. The idea for this book is something kids themselves have thought of for years but Jack put their ideas to poetry which he does beautifully. A good writing assignment would be for kids to create their own and describe them or describe one, before reading the book, featured in the book.AMAZING!
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.
Cath
Mar 02, 2016 Cath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Absolutely wonderful book. Great illustrations. Fun concept and fantastic language. My four children loved this book and subsequently went on to appreciate poetry and language. We have had fun at the dinner table over eating broccolions and radisharks, even to this day-i don't know when we first read this book, but we often took it out over the years to read it and have given it as gifts to nieces and nephews. My four teenagers still refer to this book.
Alexandria Hiam
Great imaginative book of poems about a magical island called Scranimal Island. A young boy and girl sail off there and meet all these creatures who are a mix between animals and food or two different kind of animals. For example there's the Radishark, Orangutangerine, Broccolions, Bananaconda, and Porcupineapple. Very cute book and fun to read aloud.
Andreah
Mar 02, 2015 Andreah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
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.
A
Great imaginative book of poems about a magical island called Scranimal Island. A young boy and girl sail off there and meet all these creatures who are a mix between animals and food or two different kind of animals. For example there's the Radishark, Orangutangerine, Broccolions, Bananaconda, and Porcupineapple. Very cute book and fun to read aloud.
Nona Goodwin
I never thought I would find a poet I enjoyed as much as Shel Silverstien, but, Shel's met his match with Jack Prelutsky. Prelutsky's poems are humorous and imaginative and not nearly as absurd or silly as Silverstien's. I will forever enjoy them both.
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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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