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The New Kid On The Block: Poems

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Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1989 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published 1984)
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The New Kid on the Block was my all-time favourite book of poetry to read to students in my classes. I usually chose to read a poem at the end of the day. It was almost a guarantee that they would go out the door laughing.
Bobbie Jo
Jan 05, 2014 Bobbie Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘The New Kid on the Block’, by Jack Prelutsky, is a witty collection of poems designed to humour the reader. Each poem is related to the new kid on the block and contains amusing characters, such as Ebenezer Bleezer and his ice cream, Dainty Dottie and Henrietta Snetter. Through a consistent and clever rhyme and rhythm, the author tells short, memorable and witty stories, producing poems such as ‘Louder than a Clap of Thunder’, ‘An Irritating Creature’ and ‘Bleezer’s Ice Cream’. I thoroughly enj ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Children’s Literature
Crystal Rodriguez

Title: The New Kid on the Block Poetry: Primary
Author: Jack Prelutsky
Illustrator: James Stevenson
Place of Publication: New York, New York
Date: 1984 Pages: 159

Oh this is such a fun book! I remember reading it or having it read to me as a child. In fact, starting tomorrow, I plan to read a poem each day at circle time to my classroom. I know they would laugh and laugh! The poem I plan to read tomorrow is “Bleezer’s Ice Cream.” This book appeals to a wide age
I grew up reading Shel Silverstein's books like Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic. I never tired of these amusing poems, and I would reread the books often. I've introduced our girls to these books, too, and we've all come to love the whimsical poems and the humorous illustrations. Our oldest received this book of poems as a present from her third-grade teacher and she loves them just as much.

Advanced vocabulary and fun, rhyming poems highlight this book of poetry for children. M
Ms. McCall
The New Kid on the Block combines poems of one theme: a neighborhood, and delves so thoroughly into the theme that Prelutsky includes Bleezer’s Ice Cream Shop’s flavor list (all of which were hilariously disgusting to me as a child, especially when my mother would get her toungue tied by the alliterative rhymes- Checkerberry Cheddar Chew/ Chicken Cherry Honeydew (p.48)) My Mother Says I’m Sickening and An Alleycat with One Life Left. But that doesn’t keep Prelutsky from adding real character to ...more
Jennifer Bollinger
Rate: 4

Review: The new kid on the block book is suitable for young children because it has different kinds of poems throughout the book that young children would like. It describes a new kid that is new to the block and he is really tough and strong. While reading this book the children will be introduced to many poems including jellyfish stew and many, many more poems throughout the book.

poem: Jellyfish Stew

Jellyfish stew,
I'm loony for you,
i dearly adore you,
Oh, I truly I do,
You're creepy to s
Oct 28, 2012 Jacki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book of poetry is written for Nursery/Primary readers.

Jack Prelutsky's book has dozens and dozens of fun, silly poems and includes outline drawing artwork by James Stevenson. The length of the poems makes for an easy read.

I liked the lighthearted nature of the poems and the silliness can be an asset, especially for children who don't like to sit and read. I think every child will recognize a little bit of themselves in at least one poem! The subjects vary, but there are lessons to be learn
Morgan Patton
Mar 20, 2010 Morgan Patton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
"The New Kid on the Block" features more than 100 poems. Prelutsky really uses his imagination writing about things we've thought about and things we'd never even imagined. The poems open readers up to the world and minds of children. Poems about greedy grannies, exploding Bloders, and hypothetical situations such as having your nose unfortunately situated between your toes are guaranteed to have you chuckling. It's full of surprises and the sketches are quick and easy, but still shows the true ...more
It's a poem book so I can not really explain what happens.
Roxanne Thompson
Nov 01, 2015 Roxanne Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“New York is in North Carolina.
Seattle is found in Peru.
New Mexico borders on Norway and Italy.
Boston’s near Kalamazoo.
Quebec is a town in Hawaii.
Connecticut lies in Trieste.
Those are just a few of the answers I wrote when I flunked the geography test.”

This poem, along with many others, are the delightful surprises you will find in “The New Kid on the Block” by Jack Prelutsky with drawings by James Stevenson. This is a great book of poetry to have in the classroom because the poems aren’t du
Crystal Thibodeaux
This book is filled with fun and hilarious poems. The book starts off with the poem entitled, The New Kid on the Block, but includes many other random poems about various creatures and people. Through this book of poetry, you learn about Bulgy Bunne, Snilies, The Zoosher and many more! Some poems are short and some poems are long. Either way, you won’t help but laugh at some of the outrageous writings of Jack Prelutsky.

I noticed that poet, Jack Prelutsky, typically uses an ABCB rhyme scheme in t
Emily Nunez-Eddy
"The New Kid on the Block" is a hilarious collection of poems written and illustrated by Jack Prelutsky. Each poem is filled with child-like humor that is realistic.. with a twist! "The New Kid on the Block" gives children the opportunity to read about jellyfish stew, the big bully that just moved in, mice on tricycles, and a juggler named Clara Cleech. Each poem contains a few made-up words, a strong rhyme scheme and a clear rhythm appropriate for readers of all ages and skill levels. The poems ...more
Eliza Thomas
Mar 16, 2014 Eliza Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"The New Kid on the Block" is a collection of over 100 funny poems. The poems' content and the way they are written is similar to Shel Silverstein's poems. These poems would be fun for an interactive read-aloud because they would keep kids entertained. There are so many to choose from, and each one is a quick read that will make kids laugh. The word choice is excellent because there are lots of descriptive words used in the right context. Even if students don't know the meaning of some of
Kieana Smith
The new kid on the block by Jack Prelutsky is full of silly poems for students starting in kindergarten to even the 5th grade! Using a diverse selection of poems that describe a new kid on a block to homework and flying, Jack Prelustky poems are bound to attract students due to the hilarious nature of the poems used. Each poem has repetitive usage of rhyming words that children can easily catch on to. I found the homework! Oh, Homework to be hilarious and relatable to children of ages of course ...more
Nov 07, 2015 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outside of Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss, one would be hard-pressed to come up with an American composer of juvenile poetry who was more a fixture over the course of his or her long career than Jack Prelutsky. His books were brought to life by some of the finest illustrators of his day, a veritable Hall of Fame of the art form including Victoria Chess, Brandon Dorman, James Stevenson (illustrator of The New Kid on the Block), Dan Yaccarino, Peter Sís, Paul O. Zelinsky, Chris Raschka, Garth Wil ...more
Jordan Davidson
Jun 27, 2015 Jordan Davidson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-355
The New Kid on the Block
Jack Prelutsky
Greenwillow Books, 1984

Summary: This is a collection of humorous children’s poetry. Poems range in topics from food, to weird mystical creatures, to bizarre situations, to everyday occurrences like your mom wanting to toss out your favorite shirt when it’s been worn out beyond repair.

Genre: Poetry.

Content Warnings: Disobedience, mystical creatures/magic, some scary situations, general goofiness that some might find off-putting.

My Opinion: My goodness I used
Laura (Amys)
This book has poems about almost everything you would never imagine. It introduces you and your audience Underwater Wibbles, ideas that make you think about if your nose was not on your face, the Flotz that gobbles dots, Bleezer's bizzare ice cream flavors and many more wondrous and wacky poems.
The poems vary in length, style and topic. With such an assortment, it would be a wonderful book to share with my students. I would love to read them for the pure entertainment of these kooky ideas wrapp
Oct 06, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edrd-314
Jack Prelutsky in book "The New Kid in the Block," truly entertains, and encourages young readers to explore the realm of poetry through his exciting, and hilarious collection of poems. He portrays concepts and simple everyday items such as revolving doors, oysters, and washing machines in a new and interesting light through personification and comparisons stimulating laughter from all readers. While comparing the hundreds of poems throughout his collection, it is clear that Prelutsky comprehend ...more
Jan 05, 2010 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
One poem in this book is called Carpenter rages and its about how Carpenter ants are eating all the Carpenters supplies he needs.

I thought this book was okay there was some good poems and then there were poems that I thought were pretty bad.

I would recommend this book it was pretty good. It had some funny poems and it also had boring poems.
Hannah Rich
Mar 26, 2014 Hannah Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry-book
The New Kid on the Block is a book full of "easy-to-read" poems that would intrigue any young reader! The poems are full of exciting adventures that are completely different from the next. This first poem titled, The New Kid on the Block, talks about a "tough boy, a boy who punches, pulls hair, plays rough," etc. All of the kids are scared of this new boy! While every poem is different from the next, this book would interest any young child because who wouldn't want to read about "jellyfish stew ...more
Tishandra Mayfield
Apr 01, 2014 Tishandra Mayfield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
These poems were really interesting. They really take you on a journey and make you think about things that you may not have thought of before. "The New Kid on the Block" was one of my favorites. I give this book five stars and would definitely have this book on display for my students to read in the classroom.

"The New Kid on the Block"
by Jack Prelutsky

There’s a new kid on the block,
And boy, that kid is tough,
That new kid punches hard,
That new kid plays real rough,
That new kid’s big and stro
Christina Martin
Apr 29, 2015 Christina Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poems
The New Kid on the Block is a collection of poems for children by Jack Prelutsky. Each poem is short and funny which keeps the book intriguing. Many of the poems include topics children can relate to, like “The New Kid on the Block” and “I Wonder Why Dad is so Thoroughly Mad”. Kids being able to relate to these poems is what make them so great; they will be entertained through the entire book. This poetry book would be a great way to expose poetry to children who have never seen it before to cat ...more
May 12, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Homework! Oh, Homework!
I hate you! You stink!
I wish I could wash you
away in the sink,
if only a bomb
would explode you to bits.
Homework! Oh, homework!
You're giving me fits.

I'd rather take baths
with a man-eating shark,
or wrestle a lion
alone in the dark,
eat spinach and liver,
pet ten porcupines,
than tackle the homework,
my teacher assigns.

Homework! Oh, homework!
you're last on my list,
I simply can't see
why you even exist,
if you just disappeared
it would tickle me pink.
Homework! Oh, homework!
I hate you!
Kristina Befort
Feb 22, 2015 Kristina Befort rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of really funny poems, and it reminded me of Shel Silverstein books that I used to read as a kid. Most of the poems in this book are both lyrical and narrative, so they rhyme while still telling a story. The topics of the poems are also ones that kids would be able to relate to, such as a new, scary kid moving into the neighborhood, or why homework can stink sometimes. I think it's important that these poems are ones that kids could relate to, because then they might be more in ...more
Dec 19, 2015 Ramona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This book consists of 100 strange poems that consists of characters and creatures that is fun and humorous to read. These poems make you think about things you may have never thought of before such as jelly fish stew, louder than a clap of thunder, homework, having an alligator as a pet etc. It is imaginative and children will feel at ease in trying to write their own fun poems, using sounds and rhymes. Children will see that they can just use their imagination and write. For example the poem 'l ...more
Casey Richard
I love this compilation of poetry by Jack Prelutsky. I remember reading this as a child and loving it and I had nearly the same reaction reading it as an adult. Even though I notice that I am not much of a fan of poetry, I believe it is important to have poetry available to my class as they start to learn to write poetry. I think it would be fun to read a couple poems a day leading up to a poetry lesson. Even though it's important for my students to read poetry, it's just as important for me to ...more
Kym Machovina
Feb 19, 2014 Kym Machovina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently borrowed this book from the library for a school project. I had difficulty finding most of the poetry books that our text recommended. The librarian recommended this one. I was not familiar with Jack Prelutsky prior to her recommending this book. It was awesome! I really enjoyed it. It was silly, funny and really well written. In the end, however, I went with my favorite - Shel Silverstein and although I feel nobody can hold a candle to his works I think Jack Prelutsky was awfully goo ...more
May 01, 2014 Mariela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This poetry book is sure to grab a child's attention. This was written for an age range of five to twelve yeas. I think that it has a very attractive name that that would want to make children want to read it and see what would happen next. This book contain different poems and creates different setting and moods that each child can relate to. I think this story has a very good and simple drawings that fit perfectly with the style and tone of the book. it has lots of creative righting and pictur ...more
Morgan Norsen
May 03, 2015 Morgan Norsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Prelutsky's collection of poems in The New Kid on the Block is corky and fun! Each poem has a simple but to the point cartoon drawn with it. The drawings are by James Stevenson. Most of the poems in this children's book are rhyming and a handful are in A/B form. I think this would be a fun book to have in a classroom when introducing poetry to students. The wittiness, comical aspects, rhyme, and rhythm would really spark some interest in poetry which could be expanded later on. 159 pages of ...more
Neccia Sirrine
This book is full of silly and funny things that kids think of and do. Many of the poems are about ideas that kids come up with that would be hilarious. I absolutely loved the poems in this book. There were so many things that a child could relate to. It made poetry fun and interesting even as an adult. The only thing I didn't like about this book were the illustrations and a few poems that didn't make sense. Overall it is highly recommended and the few negatives that it has doesn't come close t ...more
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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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“I'm a basic boneless chicken,
yes, I have no bones inside,
I'm without a trace of rib cage,
yet I hold myself with pride,
other hens appear offended
by my total lack of bones,
they discuss me impolitely
in derogatory tones.

I am absolutely boneless,
I am boneless through and through,
I have neither neck nor thighbones,
and my back is boneless too,
and I haven't got a wishbone,
not a bone within my breast,
so I rarely care to travel
from the comfort of my nest.

I have feathers fine and fluffy,
I have lovely little wings,
but I lack the superstructure
to support these splendid things.
Since a chicken finds it tricky
to parade on boneless legs,
I stick closely to the hen house,
laying little scrambled eggs.”
“I am running in a circle
and my feet are getting sore,
and my head is
as it's never spun before,
I am
Oh! I cannot bear much more,
I am trapped in a
...volving door!”
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