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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....more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Greenwillow Books (first published 2002)
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Kathryn
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
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...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...more
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
Amy
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...more
Olivia
I love it. My dad's fav is the potatoad.
Delicia
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...more
Keli
Oct 31, 2008 Keli rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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
Kelly
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
Ch13_julie
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
Shelly
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.
Bookslut
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!
Becky
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.
Monica
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
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
Jill
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
Liz Price Patel
Recommended by second grade.
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!
Yarb
Smart, smart versifying in this comical gazetteer-cum-bestiary of a land of gene-mod madness. My favourite is the avocadodo.

Update: six months later this has become an obsession - daughter has memorised large tracts - my new favourite is the radishark. Or maybe the pandaffodil.
Leslie
Clever poems about imaginary animals that are combinations of an animal and a plant--with cool mashup names. Sis' detailed illustrations that show a map of the island and a peek at the previous animal and next animal on the page of the current animal add to the enjoyment of this book
Stephanie Allen
A collection of poems describes a place known as Scranimal Island where typical animals cannot be found. Animals have been combined with food and other animals (Potatoad, Parrotter, etc). Students could come up with their own scranimal and write a poem about it.
Amy
One of the most creative kids poetry books we've read. We started checking it out from the library years ago and I finally bought it for a birthday in April. My kids are constantly trying to come up with their own combinations of animals, fruits and vegetables.
Judi Paradis
My favorite poetry book! In this clever book, Jack Prelutsky scrambles animals with fruits, vegetables, birds, or fish to invent kooky new creatures. The drawings by Peter Sis are wonderful and kids will be inspired to invent their own scrambled creatures
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.
Nicole Otting
I really enjoyed sharing this book with my fifth graders. So many fun/funny combinations of animals/plants/foods etc. We did an extension to this by reading a few, making a list of our own Scranimals, and then creating our own poem. So much fun.
Andrea Fortwendel
This is a delightful book. My kids loved it and I found myself going back and rereading about Hippotamushrooms and the Broccolions. Your kids will love discovering the hybrid creatures that live in this scranimal land. It sparks the imagination.
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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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