A Pizza the Size of the Sun
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A Pizza the Size of the Sun

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Jack Prelutsky is widely acknowledged as the poet laureate of the younger generation. (And many people would happily see him crowned with no age qualification.) The New Kid on the Block and Something Big Has Been Here are household words wherever there are kids.

Here is another wondrously rich, varied, clever - and always funny - collection. Meet Miss Misinformation, Swami...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published September 16th 1996)
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Tatiana
Like Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky writes poetry for children that speaks to children, rather than just about them. As a result, the poems are silly and full of humor and truth, and never take themselves too seriously (except when they need to, such as in "When I Am Full of Silence," a truly introspective piece). Reading A Pizza the Size of the Sun and A Light in the Attic concurrently, I discovered that I preferred Prelutsky's simpler, more realistic poems. There are still absurdities, like...more
Zoe
I really liked this book!it is a poem book 1/2 rhyme and 1/2 free verse. my favorite poem was Eye balls for sale! here it goes (for people who havent read it):


Eye balls for sale!
Fresh eye balls for sale!
Delicious,nutritious,
not moldy or stale.
Eye balls from manticores,
orgs,and elves,
fierce dragon eyeballs
that cook by themselfs.

Eyeballs sreved cold!
Eyeballs served hot!
If you like eyeballs,
then this is the spot.
Ladle a glass full,
a bowlful or pail-
Eyeballs!fresh eye balls!
Fresh eyeballs for sale!...more
Allie
This story is a poem that is very unrealistic, it is about making a pizza that is bigger then the sun. It goes through the steps you need to make a pizza and compares the pizza to unrealistic sizes. It goes through everything you would put on your pizza and then putting it in the oven. This is just a cute poem for little kids. This story is good for preschool and first grade. After reading this story to a classroom you can have the kids draw their own pizza and what they would put on it. This st...more
Kristi Maurer
"A Pizza the Size of the Sun" by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by James Stevenson, is a large collection of poetry written for children. While some adult may not connect with the content of some of the poems, children will. Some poems, such as A Pizza the Size of the Sun is very descriptive and will leave you wanting a slice by the end. I liked that the illustrations were simple black and white line. It allows the reader to form his or her own visuals without the bold, colorful influences some...more
London Richards
Children will get a lot of laughter out of this humorous poems. There is an interesting mix of poems within this book that range from just a couple lines, to full pages of text. All of the poetry in this book is really silly. I liked this book of poems because the poems appeal to a variety of ages because the humor in them is of several different types A lot of the subject matter are things that kids might find interesting or relevant to themselves: pizza, grandmothers, animals, bugs,ETC.

LEARNI...more
Julie
This collection of poetry is full of humor. Each poem is accompanied by a simple black and white drawing. The poems would appeal to a variety of ages because the humor in them is of several different types. Some of the poems are gross such as "Eyeballs for Sale". There is a poem written in a circle that never ends. There are several short poems that are only 4 or 8 lines in their entirety. The poems are rhyming, which could make them appealing, and a lot of them have silly details that kids woul...more
Anjanette Avila
A pizza the size of the sun

I'm making a pizza the size of the sun,
a pizza that's sure to weigh more than a ton,
a pizza too massive to pick up and toss,
a pizza resplendent with oceans of sauce.

I'm topping my pizza with mountains of cheese,
with acres of peppers, pimentos, and peas,
with mushrooms, tomatoes, and sausage galore,
with every last olive they had at the store.


My pizza is sure to be one of a kind,
my pizza will leave other pizzas behind,
my pizza will be a delectable treat
that all...more
Emily Miller
A Pizza the Size of the Sun is one of the many poetry books by Jack Prelutsky. Children will get a lot of laughter out of this humorous poems. I like how Prelutksy uses his imagination to create poems of wild adventures such as "I'm wrestling with an octopus". I think these poems would be great to use in a classroom when teaching about visualization because they are so descriptive and quirky. Students will love imagining what is happening by reading the words of his poems in this book.
Candace
A Pizza the Size of the Sun is the third book of poetry by Jack Prelutsky that I've read. This was the first time I've read this particular collection and while it was good, I don't believe that it was quite to the standards of New Kid or Something Big.

There were a couple of memorable poems in this volume, my favorites being If and When I'm Full of Silence. One that made me laugh out loud was entitled My Brother, the Doodler (or something to that effect). It talked about how the narrator's young...more
Abigail
This is the book I chose for poetry week. It is a 155 page book filled with poems on endless topics. It is a great resource to have in a classroom. Most of the poems are very silly yet VERY clever. I enjoyed reading them a lot. I know students would enjoy reading them too and it's a great way to introduce creativity in poetry that will show students that the sky is the limit when it comes to poetry.
Amanda
A Pizza the Size of the Sun is an anthology of over 100 poems written by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated b James Stevenson. There is an interesting mix of poems within this book that range from just a couple lines, to full pages of text. The collection is very clever and light hearted. The format and topics of the book allow the reader to read from cover to cover, or just pick up the book anywhere and read any page they choose. It is easy to see how children could get lost in this book for quite...more
Colin
One of the shorter poems from this book,

"Chuck"

I'm Chuck, the chore evader and adept procrastinator. I've got a lot of strategies, I'll demonstrate them later.

This book of poetry as a few short poems, a large handful of longer poems, and a couple average length poems. All of the poetry in this book is really silly. With titles such as; "Do not approach an Emu" "Hurry Grandma Hurry" "The Jelly Bean Brigade, and many others. The Poems are very silly, and are examples that poetry can be a lot of fu...more
Jayne
One of my absolute favorites as a child! I love feeling a connection when I reread the books I remember most from childhood. It's like finding your inner child. These silly poems are so much fun. Jack Prelutsky, Shel Silverstein, and Dr. Seuss are probably who started my love of poetry.
Dan Fleming
I liked this book of poems because the poems appeal to a variety of ages because the humor in them is of several different types A lot of the subject matter are things that kids might find interesting or relevant to themselves: pizza, grandmothers, animals, bugs, aliens, ships, enchanted hats etc. Every poem is accompanied by a simple black and white drawing. Some of the poems are gross such as "Eyeballs for Sale". There is a poem written in a circle that never ends. There are several short poem...more
Christopher Clark
A Pizza the Size of the Sun is a collection of goofy poetry by Jack Prelutsky. It contains rhyming poetry about everything from penguins, sardines, and bugs, to unusual characters like Mister Pfister Gristletwish who can contort his body into any shape. Unusual events of dancing ceiling zebras and jellybeans marching a parade delight children with how unusual they are.

Poems in this collection have easy rhymes and are quick to read and say. Sometimes there are tongue twisters which children will...more
Kathryn
My fourth grade teacher- who absolutely adored poetry- opened my love for the writing style, as well. Jack Prelutsky incorporates humor, wit, creativity, and passion that, along side his fun and imaginative pictures, allow young readers to get to know poetry. His work is probably best fit for children ages seven to nine, as the language used corresponds with their developmental rate. Though the books themselves seem lengthy in amount of pages, I recall being able to get through one in a single a...more
JaNeal
This is part of a set of three I bought through a school book club--one of the best modest investments I have made. The books are loaded and I have enjoyed these poems with my children (especially my youngest) and on my own.

Some of my favorites (by first lines and by no means all-inclusive): A puzzled python shook his head, I' Gladiola Gloppe, I do not like the sunshine, "I do not wish to go to school," I'm AlL mixED uP, I often repeat repeat myself, I was walking in a circle, Llook at all the l...more
Jason
I was encouraged to read this book when i saw Jack Prelutsky on an episode of Arthur (yeah i watch Arthur). The book allows you to get in touch with the kid inside of you, and the poems are incredibly straightforward and simple. But i think the simplicity and actual structure of poems makes it incredibly unique. There is a poem called "I Am Your Mirror Image" where you have to hold the text up to a mirror in order to decipher and read it. Another one of my favorites is "I'm Seeling Fad". This bo...more
Sara Stalder
This is a very cute collection of poems. Although the poems may not be logical or realistic, it is a collection of poems that will entertain all and make people laugh. Many of them seem to be about make-believe creatures and absurdly ridiculous people! There are also poems that can be read in a mirror, there is a poem that is made up of scrambled words, and there are poems that have you turning the book every which way to read it. There were several that I really, really loved and would definite...more
Olivia Rhodes
I would use this book in the classroom when we are talking about poetry. I would have the students pick out there favorite poem out of the book and talk about what it means. I would have this book in my classroom as a part of my class library. This is such a great book for students to pick up at any point and read some funny, clever poems. I also want my students to know that poetry is not a bad thing. Sometimes children look to poetry as something that is boring but this book is packed full wit...more
Brittany Baker
I absolutely loved this poetry book! Each poem was so unique and funny I couldn't stop reading them! Some of my favorites were poems that were structured different than a normal poem: "I Was Walking in a Circle," "Backwards Forwards Silly Rhyme," and "I am Your Mirror Image." Poems were written in circles, or the letters backwards, or reflected like you had to be looking in a mirror to read them. Overall, I just loved the fun nature of these poems. Definitely one I would share with my class!
Rachel
Jack Prelutsky has always been one of my favorite poets! One I liked from this book was "I Made Something Strange With My Chemistry Set." A boy describes something he made with his chemistry set... it look weird, smells funny, and has started crawling around the house messing things up and devouring items all over. The boy decides he should probably do something before things get too out of control, but decides to wait a minute when he sees it heading for his little brother's room.
Michael Scourey
This is a book that I remember picking up in the library in elementary school and reading random bits of the humorous poetry of Jack Prelutsky. One of the poems I remember is the walking in a circle one. I thought that poem was so creative when I was in elementary school. A must have as a teacher for kids to pick up and go through during free reading time. Also, there are just fun poems that teachers can use for certain activities and units.
Amy
Who wouldn't want to eat a pizza the size of the sun? Jack Prelutsky does it again with a goofy collection of poems! I had no idea that he had audio versions! The poems in this version are set to song, reminding me of the zaniness of Greg and Steve. I imagine parents playing this in the car for their young children and teachers putting this in the listening center. I'm investing in a copy of this for my self!
Candace
I really liked this one, I might have read it as a child. I liked how there were different poems long one, short ones, funny ones. Some where backwards or in a shape and some that went in a crazy shape. I like how these ones rhymed more than the other book. Some of my favorites were the ones: about the grandma, the triangle, the circle, the zig zag one and Te ones where the words where backwards.
Emily
I remember reading this book of poems and I thought it was so neat that poems could be creative and funny. Because there are a lot of different types of poems it can really relate to children of all ages. It made me laugh and I think it would be a good idea to it available in a classroom because it would allow children like me to see that poems are not always difficult to write.
Rebecca Smith
This book of poems is perfect for children between the ages of six and thirteen. Each poem is unique and interesting. Prelutsky's poems teach children the different styles of poems. This book is a great teaching tool because it allows for the students to use their imagination when reading it and a teacher can easily come up with activities from each poem.
Leah
This is my favorite collection of kids' poems by my favorite kids' poet. My students absolutely LOVE these poems and we do a lot of great lessons with them. Prelutsky has a lot of great collections of hysterical, creative, imaginative poetry. They are great for writing practice or just for fun.
Candice Call
This book includes many differnt poems that range in difficulty. Many of the poems in the book are set up in very attractive ways that would engage students. If you have younger students in your class i would suggest reading the poems aloud due to the difficulty of some of the poems.
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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 often repeat repeat myself,
I often repeat repeat.
I don't don't know why know why,
I simply know that I I I
am am inclined to say to say
a lot a lot this way this way-
I often repeat repeat myself,
I often repeat repeat.

I often repeat repeat myself,
I often repeat repeat.
My mom my mom gets mad gets mad,
it irritates my dad my dad,
it drives them up a tree a tree,
that's what they tell they tell me me-
I often repeat repeat myself,
I often repeat repeat.

I often repeat repeat myself,
I often repeat repeat.
It gets me in a jam a jam,
but that's the way I am I am,
in fact I think it's neat it's neat
to to to to repeat repeat-
I often repeat repeat myself,
I often repeat repeat.”
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