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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
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Paperback, 159 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published September 16th 1996)
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Tatiana
Mar 10, 2013 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-poetry
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
Natalie
Mar 13, 2016 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, humor, poetry
This is a great poetry collection for kids -- I read it in elementary school, and the illustrations and sheer absurdity of the poems drew me in, along with the end-rhymes. It served as a great introduction to poetry, and I loved having these poems read aloud to me.
Zoe
Dec 16, 2010 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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Jtroby
Mar 22, 2016 Jtroby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Pizza the Size of the Sun is a collection of poems written by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by James Stevenson. I haven't read many poems, but this book is PERFECT for younger readers who enjoy reading poems about EVERYTHING! There are many different poems, including a poem written backwards, a poem about an extraterrestrial alien, a poem about Duhduhs, and even poems that are 2 sentences long. There is a poem for everyone in this book, which is why I enjoyed reading it. My personal favorite ...more
Carolyn Cirasole
Oct 28, 2015 Carolyn Cirasole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
POETRY
Jack Prelutsky's book, "A Pizza the Size of the Sun" is a great read aloud book for Kindergarteners. I could imagine children making a connection with memories of making their own pizzas or a time they went to a pizza shop and tasted the most delicious piece of pizza. Pizza the size of a sun? with mountain of cheese and acres of...peas? Children would sure have something to say with peas on their pizza. A clasroom discussion could generate about likes and dislikes of toppings or they could
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Andrea Sobel
Title: A pizza the size of the sun
Author: Jack Prelutsky
Illustrator: James Stevenson
Genre: Children’s Poetry
Theme(s): Humor, poems, food, children
Opening line/sentence: “A pizza the size of the sun: I’m making a pizza the size of he sun, a pizza that’s sure enough to weigh more than a ton”
Brief Book Summary: A collection of poems that are silly, and humorous. Read poems with characters such as Miss Misinformation, Swami Gourami, and Gladiola Gloppe. This book also contains a backwards and never-
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Dani
Title: A Pizza the Size of the Sun
Author: Jack Prelutsky
Illustrator: James Stevenson
Genre: Book of Poems
Theme(s): Humor, Creativity, and Cleverness
Opening line/sentence:
“I’m making a pizza the size of the sun.”
Brief Book Summary:
This book is a collection of poems that are extremely clever and funny. Some are about animals and others are about completely random objects. He uses various forms of poetry throughout.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
Horn Book Guide
160 pp. Greenwillow (HarperCol
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Katy Kissel
Apr 17, 2015 Katy Kissel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
This collection of poetry is intended for children ages six through ten. It is a collection of poems about various and assorted things. Many of the poems are ridiculous and nonsensical, but some of them are more serious. The illustrations in the book are very much like illustrations in the comic strips, and are often rather entertaining. The poems are fun and easy to read, except for the fact that this author seems to enjoy writing things backwards. The poem where the sentences are backwards is ...more
Ariana
This poetry book has a collection of various types of poems that are targeted at young readers. A Pizza The Size of The Sun is filled with poetic stories written by Jack Prelitsky. Each poem had a unique theme to it with accompanying pictures. Each poem has the ability to make you laugh, and question your thought pattern. It is evident that Prelitsky has a very creative mind and enjoys using it. It is encouragement to those who read it to be creative, and come up with different and unrealistic s ...more
Dannita Stanley
Feb 28, 2015 Dannita Stanley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, you can find many examples of poetry that can be utilized in many ways. I enjoyed the variety of poems offered in this book. Some of the poems are very short, while others are longer. Some are funny, while others are serious. The most powerful think I took away from this book is how poetry can be utilized to express a multitude of feelings and emotions.

The poems that I was drawn to the most included Dixxer's Excellent Elixir, Please Remove the Seal, My Mother Made me Chicken, It's
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Jerrica
This book is really good if you have multiple days to read because there are so many poems in this book. I feel that teachers can read this book in the span of a year by reading two or three poems after recess or lunch. I liked how simple each poem was the read although i didnt understand some of them.
I liked how the entire book was black and white. I think that it being simple on the inside was a good touch. Another thing that caught my attention was that there were a couple of poems that were
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Allie
Mar 17, 2014 Allie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2014 Kristi Maurer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Sara
Oct 14, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Pizza the Size of the Sun" by Jack Prelutsky immediately reminded me of reading Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends". It is a compilation of poems that are not only descriptive, but fun and enjoyable to read. My favorite poems included are A Pizza the Size of the Sun, I Did a Nutty Somersault, and My Brother's Really Stingy.
One thing I really enjoy about this book is how great it is for readers of all ages. Not only can these poems be fun for adults, but children will get a kick out
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Judy Lindow
About a month ago I went a little Jack Prelutsky crazy. I discovered that the kids and I had fun going to a random page of one of his books, reading a poem, sometimes memorizing it and sometimes making actions for it with our arms and hands.

I really had no clue Prelutsky was so prolific. I came home from the library with a rhyming dictionary and several of his books. Unfortunately for me, I really can't sit down and just get through a whole book. Even though I like Young Adult fiction and pictur
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Elizabeth Taylor
Feb 25, 2015 Elizabeth Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Pizza the Size of the Sun is a book full o different poems. Included in the book is the poem "A Pizza the Size of the Sun". I think that this poem would be great to read to a class and have them think about what they want on their pizza. What would they do with a pizza the size of the sun? How could they cook it? How many people would be needed to eat it? Fun questions like that would get the students thinking and allow for them to be creative. I also enjoyed the poem "Time to Dust the Daffodi ...more
Britta Krueger
This poetry book is great for grades 2-4. It is at a reading level of 5.5. This is a collection of rich, clever and always funny poems that are destined to become favorites among children. It also includes a backwards poem and a poem that never ends. The idea behind this book is compelling. There are made-up creatures, aliens, and physically impossible situations. Each poem is revolved around a central idea and then details are added that only the author can come up with. The book is organized i ...more
Ryan Vignetti
Nov 22, 2015 Ryan Vignetti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
GPS: ELAGSE1RL10 With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate
complexity for grade 1.
ELAGSE1RL4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or
appeal to the senses.

This book has a bunch of poems that are great for kids. They are humorous so kids will have fun following along with them. They are also easy to read. This makes it a great book for children to start reading poetry.

Students will be read the book as a class together. Each student will read a
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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
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Tori
Feb 23, 2015 Tori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the variety of the topics covered in this book. I found several of the poems funny and amusing. I think that this book might be a little difficult for the younger grades. I would use this with older elementary or even middle schoolers. However, I think there are a couple of poems that I could pull out and use with the younger kids if it is covering a topic we are learning about. I think this is a book I would keep as a teacher and pull out from time to time. I might pull a couple of the p ...more
Emily Peer
This book seems to be majorly narrative poems but has a variety of other types as well. The majority of the poems are silly with some challenging vocabulary. The book includes figurative language such as similes, alliteration and onomatopoeias. I enjoyed reading the poems but don't think many of them could be incorporated into specific lessons. If read aloud in the classroom, I would use this book as an introduction to a poetry unit because of its various types of poems in the book. This book is ...more
Katherine Kim
Jul 24, 2014 Katherine Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack Perlutsky writes such creative, witty and sometimes ridiculous poems that children are surely going to find hilarious and fun. This book is filled with a lot of random poems, and it may be overwhelming for a child to read, but if they were trying to find a fun poem for a project, it would be good resource for them. He uses a lot of description in his poems to really bring a visual to the reader's mind. Almost every page has small illustrations to help support the text. Again, teachers can f ...more
Julie
May 03, 2008 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 14, 2013 Anjanette Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
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Catey Steele
Oct 31, 2014 Catey Steele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry-book
A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky is such a cute and fun poetry book. I really laughed out loud reading several poems. One of my favorites was probably 'Please Remove Seal.' This book is good for showing how rhyming and free verse is incorporated into poetry.

The illustrations are super fun for each poem. They are simple, but perfect for telling the story in each poem. I would probably recommend this book to third or fourth graders. I cannot remember when they learn poetry in school,
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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
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Abigail
Apr 07, 2014 Abigail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Jun 29, 2013 Colin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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