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Kids Pick The Funniest Poems: Poems That Make Kids Laugh

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Betcha laugh!

This is one of the most popular collections of funny poetry for kids ever published. It’s a classic because it’s the first collection of poems selected by kids! It includes clever creations from some of the most popular names in children’s poetry, including Bill Dodds, Timothy Tocher, Joyce Armor, Robert Pottle, Bruce Lansky, and Kenn Nesbitt. Humorous illustr
Hardcover, 115 pages
Published November 15th 1991 by Meadowbrook (first published 1991)
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Timberley Mouat
Jan 06, 2010 Timberley Mouat rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Kids Pick The Funniest Poems[Hardcover:]
by Stephen Carpenter

This book is about differnt kids pick the funest poems.One of the poemes if I can rember.Is about were does the bus driver go while all of us kids are at school?So kids is staring to belive that different things happento the bus driver.

One of the kids belive that he was a super hero!!He flew above tall buldings and saves people. And another believed he was out fighting crime. He helped save the world by capturing bad people and putting
Jan 07, 2010 Reagan rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
This book is filled with poems that kids picked from all over the world. Including poems from the amazing Dr. Suess, Shel Silverstein and much more. This book has many styles of poems about family friends monsters and just plain random things.

To me, Kids pick the funniest poems is to childish. Now granted some were silly and fun while others were just to silly to where they were over the top. In my perspective some of the poems were not picked by kids... it is almost like they were written by
Dec 06, 2014 NTE rated it really liked it
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Continuing our forays into new poetry, next up is Kids Pick The Funniest Poems, which is a collection of about 100 or so poems, selected by 300 elementary school children and collected for this book by Bruce Lansky. Aside from a handful of familiar names – Jack Prelutsky, Ogden Nash, Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, the previously mentioned Judith Viorst – most of the poems come from new-to-me sources, but they’re almost all American or Canadian poets. Some names include Jeff Moss, Max
Brooke Whitney
Apr 20, 2016 Brooke Whitney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Kids Pick the Funniest Poems, edited by Bruce Lansky and illustrated by Stephen Carpenter, is a book full of short poems written from the perspective of children. Each poem from this book is written by someone different providing diverse points of views of childhood. These differing points of views express children’s reactions to their first kiss, getting in trouble, grades, and family. Through the extensive illustrations and organized format, it is easy to determine why children, teachers, and ...more
Diana Garcia
This book was based on poems children chose. I like that majority of them were crazy and silly ones about monsters and teachers and school. The front cover is what caught my attention because there was diversity between the children sitting on the steps. It shows how it can make anyone enjoy reading these silly poems about many different things. I liked the illustrations that were drawn and even though some were simple I love seeing the detail behind them. There were also poems about gross and i ...more
Oct 10, 2013 Stacey rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Bruce Lansky's "Kid's Pick The Funniest Poems" is a great poetry book to have in your elementary classrooms. It is easy to follow and simple to read. Topics are appropriate for elementary aged students, allowing it to be a must have in your classroom. It is through rhymes and rhythms that Lansky makes this book a step above the rest. It is in no way confusing, and the sentence structure in catchy. These two characteristics make this book what it is. I really think every elementary teacher should ...more
Cory Schulz
Apr 27, 2014 Cory Schulz rated it really liked it
Kids Pick the Funniest Poems is filled with poems by various authors selected by Bruce Lansky. To decide on the poems, Lansky read more than 300 books that contained over 20,000 poems. He then had elementary students rate 500 amusing poems with an A, B, C, or D grade, and picked the poems for the book that were ranked the highest. The book is categorized into themes of me, parents, brothers and sisters, friends, school, disasters, monsters, strange stories, and advice. The poets are famous and b ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Josie rated it it was amazing
I enjoy making kids laugh in the classroom, and this poetry book made me laugh. It is filled with a variety of different poems that are over a broad range of topics and situations that kids can relate to. The one that I chose to focus on was the poem called Mrs. Stein (pg.48). This poem tells the story of a little boy explaining his substitute teacher Mrs. Stein. This would be a good way to explain what a natural rhyme looks like and even go further and have the kids use their imaginations of wh ...more
Ch_hayley Medsker
Mar 16, 2010 Ch_hayley Medsker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Bruce Lansky had been searching and searching for a collection of funny and silly poems just for young readers. He wanted a book where kids continuously ask teachers or parents to "read it again please." Finally, after many votes, "Kids Pick the Funniest Poems" was compiled. This collection contains poems about kids, school, family, friends, strange stories, advice, monsters, and disasters. Various contributors include Judith Viorst, author of the "Alexander" books, Shel Silverstein, and Dr. Seu ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Ericka rated it really liked it
The cover of this book caught my eye. Along with being bright the children look like they are having a great time with each other. Some of the poems boys would like, gross things and others girls would like, then there are some all will like. This was a great read.

"Learning" by Judith Viorst

I'm learning to say thank you.
And I'm learning to say please.
And I'm learning to use Kleenex.
Not my sweater, when I sneeze.
And I'm learning not to dribble.
And I'm learning not to slurp.
And I'm learning (thoug
Jennifer Priester
Apr 13, 2016 Jennifer Priester rated it it was amazing
At the time I first read this book I was not into poetry, I liked joke books, which is sort of why I read this one. While not a joke book it was supposed to be a funny book so I got it. It didn't get me interested in poetry, but I did find this book to be very funny and enjoyable. I would reccommend it for younger readers rather than adults even though I believe that adults would enjoy it. The reason is becasue I first read it as a kid and later reread it as an adult. As an adult I still enjoyed ...more
Nov 01, 2011 Maya rated it really liked it
This book was really good. It made me laugh so loud! Bruce Lansky picks the funniest poems. Some of the poems were a little gross. For example, the poem about how to make mud pies. I recomend this book for people with a great sense of humor. I like how the book is seperated into different sections. There is a section all about friends. In the friends section they obiously have poems about friends. I like it because its just different. Over all I really like the book.
Gracie Guagenti
Jul 27, 2014 Gracie Guagenti rated it it was amazing
Reminiscent of Shel Silverstein's work, this book is full of poems that will leave children in fits of giggles. Kids of all ages will enjoy this book, as I did. Poems such as "Daydream" -which details how a child would like to get back at his doctors, nurses and parents - would make a child smile and laugh as they can relate well to the author's message. The illustrations were also similar to Shel Silverstein because they were black and white line drawings.
Mikailah Shackleford
Nov 07, 2012 Mikailah Shackleford rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book to share in the classroom to elementary students or even at home. It tells very funny poems that children would love and want to hear over and over. It is fun to read, yet includes literary elements so the children are still learning. This book has poems about kids, school, family, friends, monsters, and much more. I would recommend this for children.
Christy Head
Apr 03, 2012 Christy Head rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdg
Reminiscent of Silverstein in artistic style, with two of Shel's poems included, this compilation of poems is charming, hilarious and inviting. Great for read aloud or independent reading. Bruce Lansky has a knack for picking poems that flow so the book is wonderful to read from cover to cover or as individual poems.
Ben Coulter
Mar 13, 2009 Ben Coulter rated it liked it
This is a compilation of childrens poems and what makes this book unique is that children picked these poems. There were several funny poems that i especially enjoyed. This book recieves a mediocre rating. Maybe it's the fact that I'm not a huge poem reader or something along those lines but I thought it would be better.
Savanna Williams
Oct 07, 2009 Savanna Williams rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit-poetry
I thought this book was hilarious! It is a poetry anthology picked by a panel of 300 school children. I thought it was easy enough for students to understand, but taught them the importance of literary elements. I also thought it would be one that could be enjoyed by parents and teachers in addition to students.
Chandler Gullickson
Nov 25, 2013 Chandler Gullickson rated it liked it
I think it was a very good and funny book that kids can relate to. Every kid should read this book because they will laugh. If they have to read a poem for a class, this is a good book to get poems from.
This book is full of funny little poems by various authors including Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss. Topics for poems include school, friends, family, disasters, and monsters. Great to choose funny poems to read aloud in the classroom.
I use this book frequently to read aloud to my students.

Humorous poems that elementary students tend to really enjoy. No stilted language is used, rather fun, and sometimes silly, words tell the poems.
Oct 08, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it
This book of poetry was very funny and made me laugh out loud. It had a lot of different authors and one of my favorites - Shel Silverstein. But mainly it was by different authors. Also I read it in about 1 day because it was so good. If yo like funny poetry, this is the way to go!
Keesha 11-12
Nov 28, 2011 Keesha 11-12 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I really enjoyed this book. It is really funny. It is one of the best poetry books I've ever read. It was so good that I read it all in one day. I love poetry.
Rachel R
Nov 10, 2010 Rachel R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this when I was cleaning out my room, and as I was reading it, I was brought back to New Jersey.
Nov 04, 2009 Aspen rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
This book is just fludded with poems kids wrote. Not the funniest poems but they were okay. I prorably woudn't recomend this book unless you luagh really easy.
Jean Oram
Mar 16, 2012 Jean Oram rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
My daughter thinks this is hilarious. She got it as a gift when she was 7 and laughed at some of the poems. :)
Atty Dollanganger
May 22, 2016 Atty Dollanganger rated it really liked it
Great little book i read as a kid in elementary school, has a lot of funny poems in here and creative stories in the poetry. Good to keep kids and maybe young teens entertained
Apr 26, 2014 Carole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books-read
Editor and poet Bruce Lansky has compiled humorous poems that have been kid tested to be included in the book.
Kaylen Matherly
Apr 26, 2014 Kaylen Matherly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, fun
I love this poetry book because it has a variety of poems separated into different categories. All of the poems are relatable to children. A great way to bring some funny poetry to your classroom!
Oct 13, 2010 Dan rated it really liked it
Ones I like so far:
- Mummy Slept Late and Daddy Fixed Breakfast, Daydream, A Snake Named Rover, Sweet Dreams, Willie the Burper, Grizzly Bear
Jeffrey Ellsworth
A good collection of funny poems. The collection isn't too big so it is easy for kids to read through all of the poems. The poems are all cute and kids will enjoy them.
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I was born on June 1, 1941. My first home was an apartment in Manhattan's Upper West Side, a neighborhood that overlooked the George Washington Bridge. Soon after kindergarten, my family moved to Scarsdale, which seemed to be “in the country.” In high school, I broke my ankle when I went out for the lacrosse team, so I wrote a sports column for the school newspaper. I don't think I showed any part ...more
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