I didn't expect to like this, which is why I haven't read it until now. I was surprised at how quickly I got used to the switching of letters. I thougI didn't expect to like this, which is why I haven't read it until now. I was surprised at how quickly I got used to the switching of letters. I thought it would bother me, but I found if I just relaxed and read it without thinking about it too much, my brain picked up on the meaning of most of the lines without the need to really translate it. It does feel like a lot if read all at once, but what's the hurry? This is nice to read for several days and enjoy the silliness of it.
I did have one question, though. Why are Runny Babbit's friends always so mean to him? I wasn't a fan of that.
I think this might be a very confusing book to younger children who are just learning to read. Older children who like silly word play and challenging themselves with creative word riddles should enjoy this. I know some adults who like spoonerisms, so this would be a fun book for them as well.
My book included a CD with Dennis Locorriere reading some of the poems. His voice went well with the poems, and I enjoyed listening to him read. I would have liked hearing the entire book read by him.
I love that Runny Babbit goes to the library:
RUNNY'S HEADING RABITS Runny lent to the wibrary And there were bundreds of hooks-- Bistory hooks, beography gooks, And lots of bory stooks. He looked them over one by one And guess which one he took-- A bience scook? A boetry pook? Oh no--a bomic cook!...more
Somehow a book of poetry by Shel Silverstein was published that I hadn't heard about until now! Of course I had to read it. The book contained:
Some poSomehow a book of poetry by Shel Silverstein was published that I hadn't heard about until now! Of course I had to read it. The book contained:
Some poems that were profound. A couple that give an interesting look at poetry writing. Some that would be perfect for reading aloud at Halloween. Quite a few that could be used to teach inference. Some that beg to be read aloud. A couple that would be fun to memorize and perform for a group of people. Some that made me say, "Ew!" Some that made me shake my head. Quite a few that made me chuckle. Some that made me smile. Very few that got no reaction from me at all. I think Shel Silverstein would be happy with that.
Although I cannot see your face As you flip these poems awhile, Somewhere from some far-off place I hear you laughing--and I smile.
In case I do want to use these poems in some of the ways listed above, here are the ones I marked as I was reading: Profound: Happy Ending? and Underface Poetry writing: Lizard, Not an Egg Perfect for reading aloud at Halloween: He Tried to Hide, Frightened, and Forgetful Witch Beg to be read aloud: Growing Down, Rude Rudy Reese Made me chuckle: Don't Change on My Account....more
This is a Shel Silverstein I hadn't read. On the cover it says that it was his first poetry collection. I can see a few flashes of his future brillianThis is a Shel Silverstein I hadn't read. On the cover it says that it was his first poetry collection. I can see a few flashes of his future brilliance here, but most of the poems just seem silly. They are fun to read aloud, though. I would like to read some of them with children and see the response. Here's one I liked:
THE WILD GAZITE
Late last night I'd a terrible fight With a wild Gazite With eyes of white And a fifty-foot height And he gave me a fright When he gave me a bite And then squeezed me so tight. But I fixed him, alright-- I turned on the light!...more
Wow! Boynton and Ford really stepped it up for Philadelphia Chickens! This still has the expected "serious silliness" that I enjoyed so much in RhinocWow! Boynton and Ford really stepped it up for Philadelphia Chickens! This still has the expected "serious silliness" that I enjoyed so much in Rhinoceros Tap: 15 Seriously Silly Songs With CD (Audio) , but they somehow brought it to an even higher level. As I listened to the songs, nearly each one immediately inspired ideas for how it could be used in a classroom, library, or home setting. What a fun, fun book of songs!
Some favorites, if I were forced to pick just a few, are: "Cows" (I can see cow puppets singing along to this as part of a library puppet show!), "Snuggle Puppy" (Ah! Such a sweet and tender song!), "Faraway Cookies" (I can picture a group of older kids learning and loving this one), and "Pajama Time" (If I had kids, this is one that would be fun to sing to them each night). And those are just a few of the great songs in this book. Highly recommended!
I don't remember when I first saw these "seriously silly" books with audio CDs by Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford, but I have wanted to read or purchaI don't remember when I first saw these "seriously silly" books with audio CDs by Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford, but I have wanted to read or purchase at least a couple of them ever since. I recently noticed Rhinoceros Tap at my public library and couldn't wait to check it out! The book and the songs are as "seriously silly" as I expected. They are also an awful lot of fun to listen to and enjoy! I highly recommend listening to the CD as you read the book if you get the chance. The music adds a LOT to the experience. Who wouldn't love a song where piggy sailors are singing to their crabby boar of a captain? Or a song where a hippo is lamenting the fact that he can't leave the table until all the peas are gone from his plate? I also really liked the very lovely lullaby called "Little One." And I'm very glad I listened to this now because "Dinosaur Round" is going to slot in very nicely in an upcoming storytime.
Poetry which are also riddles combine with nonfiction paragraphs full of interesting facts and which also give the answers to the riddles. Add in thePoetry which are also riddles combine with nonfiction paragraphs full of interesting facts and which also give the answers to the riddles. Add in the fantastic stylized illustrations by Beth Krommes which also give clues to the riddles and you have a another great book by Joyce Sidman.
I think my favorite nonfiction part was the facts about deer and trees. I was recently out in a part of the forest that is recovering from a forest fire. It's amazing to see the young trees growing back.
I also loved the shape poem of the toad! That wouldn't work well as a read-aloud, but it's a LOT of fun to look at! ...more
While the idea behind this is fun, I think I would have liked it better if it didn't rhyme. Sometimes the wording is just a bit awkward. It's also a lWhile the idea behind this is fun, I think I would have liked it better if it didn't rhyme. Sometimes the wording is just a bit awkward. It's also a little long. But still I thought it was a fun Christmas story that asks the question: What if Santa wants to take a vacation one year?...more
This poem celebrates the spirit of children who are uniquely themselves and don't worry about conforming to whatever it is that everyone else is doingThis poem celebrates the spirit of children who are uniquely themselves and don't worry about conforming to whatever it is that everyone else is doing. I feel like I should like this, but somehow the poem is just a bit too vague for me. I've read many other Jack Prelutsky poems that I preferred over this one. The illustrations help a bit by introducing several children who are each unique in their own way. But the illustrations themselves aren't all that memorable, either. While the idea is nice, I just can't see this as a favorite for kids....more
Wow, what a powerful story! In the beginning I had to get used to the writing style. I had a hard time picturing the characters or getting pulled intoWow, what a powerful story! In the beginning I had to get used to the writing style. I had a hard time picturing the characters or getting pulled into the story. But once I gave it a chance and let myself get pulled in, I stopped missing all those details that the poetic writing style leaves out. There are plenty of details given, just not the same way that a book written in prose has them. Once I got started, this felt more like a journal than a series of poems. I liked it a lot once I thought of it like that. By the end, I loved this. The characters felt real - even the pink boy who is a bully. This definitely deserves its Newbery Honor! Highly recommended....more
I've been trying to flesh out my library's poetry collection, and this is one of the books I recently purchased. I also purchased Prelutsky's The FrogI've been trying to flesh out my library's poetry collection, and this is one of the books I recently purchased. I also purchased Prelutsky's The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders. While the two collections are quite similar in content, I think I liked "frogs" just a little bit more than "giraffe." But they could both be used in quite similar ways in the classroom, and students who enjoyed reading one of the books would most likely enjoy the other as well.
As with "frogs," my favorite poems were those that had a geographical subject. This time he even goes to Mexico for one poem. Petra Mathers' illustrations are fun and contribute a lot of humor even to some of the poems that aren't my favorites.
I think one reason I didn't enjoy these poems quite as much is that some of them feel unfinished. I would have enjoyed many of them more with an additional stanza or two.
In my review for "frogs," I wondered whether Jack Prelutsky traveled around the country and wrote poems as he went. Now I'm wondering if the final poem in this collection answers my question:
There was a little poet with a little silver pen, who liked to write a little, every little now and then. He took a little journey to a little mountain stream, and there he took a little nap and dreamed a little dream.
He dreamed of little dragons, and he dreamed of little kings, he dreamed of little elephants with little golden wings. He woke a little later and he thought a little while, then wrote a book of little rhymes and smiled a little smile.
I've been trying to flesh out my library's poetry collection, and this is one of the books I recently purchased. I liked many of these poems, but therI've been trying to flesh out my library's poetry collection, and this is one of the books I recently purchased. I liked many of these poems, but there were a few that weren't quite as good as the others. My favorites were the poems that had a geographical subject. These could be used in the classroom as a springboard to discussing various states, regions, or cities in the United States. Did Jack Prelutsky travel around the country and write poems as he went? The illustrations by Petra Mathers are a lot of fun and add to the humor in the poetry. 3.5 stars.
Here is one of my favorites:
One day in Seattle I sat by the Sound. The salmon were jumping, the birds flew around. The seagulls were begging for morsels of bread, as ominous clouds gathered high overhead.
A ferry went out, and a ferry came in. It started to rain, I got soaked to my skin. Seattle is lovely, but I cannot lie-- without an umbrella it's hard to stay dry....more
Awful Ogre Running Wild is a fun poetry book for older elementary students. Each poem showcases a different aspect of the life of Jack Prelutsky's AwfAwful Ogre Running Wild is a fun poetry book for older elementary students. Each poem showcases a different aspect of the life of Jack Prelutsky's Awful Ogre. Children may be familiar with Awful Ogre from his first book, Awful Ogre's Awful Day.
I think some kids would LOVE these poems and others might not get the humor. This isn't for very young students since the vocabulary is actually quite advanced. Older elementary students may enjoy many of the fun "ogre" details - such as when he uses a monocular for dragon-watching, or when he has trouble sleeping so he eats a midnight snack to help him "close his eye," or when he sneezes a single sneeze and causes a panic among goblins, elves, trolls, buzzards, and gnomes.
Paul O. Zelinsky seems to have had particular fun with illustrating ogre-themed food, which some kids may find quite unappealing. I know I did! During the Ogre Cook-off, Prelutsky describes "smelly stews, abominable casseroles, and moldy cheese fondues." Yet the illustrations show some sort of animal head covered in underwear, a tiny chef on a platter with an apple in his mouth, some sort of bird skeleten, and other very inventive types of "sludge and slime." But what can you expect when you're reading a book about the life of an ogre? :)...more
I didn't enjoy these poems as much as I thought I would. The idea behind them is very clever, and I can see that Marilyn Singer has a real talent forI didn't enjoy these poems as much as I thought I would. The idea behind them is very clever, and I can see that Marilyn Singer has a real talent for writing them. I love the idea of having two poems that use the same lines in reverse order yet have a completely different meaning. The part I didn't like is that many of the poems feel choppy and vague. I had to reread some of them to catch the meaning - especially of the "mirror" poems. Sometimes it was hard to get the meaning of the first poem out of my head enough to catch the meaning of the mirror poem. Looking at the illustrations carefully, which are very clever and help point out the mirror aspect of this book, helped a lot. Josée Masse did a wonderful job with the illustrations!
This is a very clever idea, and could be used by teachers in either a poetry unit or a fairy tale unit. These poems could also be used to show the importance of punctuation and how a simple change in punctuation can greatly change the meaning of a sentence. I did enjoy this book, just not as much as I thought I would....more
I wasn't sure how much I would really like this one from the book description. And I didn't immediately love it. But the more time I spent with each pI wasn't sure how much I would really like this one from the book description. And I didn't immediately love it. But the more time I spent with each page, reading the text and then noticing all the fun details in the illustrations, I really started to love it! So I went back to the beginning and started over. This isn't a book to just read your way through and glance at the illustrations. This is a book to read and reread, to savor and enjoy, to read aloud, to pore over the illustrations and discover fun new details every time you visit a page.
I would LOVE to see the actual paintings for these illustrations. It looks like they would have such interesting layers and textures. The book information says the illustrations are "mixed media paintings on wood and computer illustration." But that isn't enough information! I really want to know more about Pamela Zagarneski's process. I saw a video once where Eric Carle explained his process while demonstrating a sample illustration. I would love to see something similar for Pamela Zagarneski. I want to know the significance of the numbers scattered throughout the illustrations - 15, 193, 5, 0, 1, 32. Also, there are recurring themes with shapes - circles, squares, triangles. And, as others have mentioned, most of the people and animals in the illustrations are wearing crowns. I'd love to know why!
I don't remember the last time I've read a picture book where the text and the illustrations worked so seamlessly together. I kept finding details in the illustrations that would expand the text for me in unexpected and fascinating ways. Or I would notice something in the illustrations, wonder why it was there, and would find an explanation in the text. For example, on fall's page for black and white, I noticed a giant whale in the sky behind the white moon. Why is a whale in the sky? Because "there is White, resting in dark branches. It sings a song of waxing and waning, swims up through its cool sky-pool." If the sky is a pool, finding a whale there isn't so unusual. Another example is on fall's brown page. I wondered what "Brown gleams in my hand: a tiny round house, dolloped with roof" meant, then I looked over to see the lady holding an acorn in her hand. Of course!
And I haven't even mentioned the amazing "sensoriness" of the poetry. (Is that a word?) Joyce Sidman got it exactly right. I loved her Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems, but this seems even a step up from that. Probably the best way to illustrate is with an example: "In SUMMER, White clinks in drinks. Yellow melts everything it touches . . . smells like butter, tastes like salt."
On the surface, this seems like a fairly straightforward book about the colors of the seasons. It works on that level, but there is so much more here to learn and enjoy. This definitely deserves its Caldecott honor....more
Loved this! Makes me want to learn more about Dave the Potter. This could also have been called "Dave the Poet" or "Dave the Artist" - although I justLoved this! Makes me want to learn more about Dave the Potter. This could also have been called "Dave the Poet" or "Dave the Artist" - although I just now noticed that the subtitle takes care of that! I've enjoyed other books illustrated by Bryan Collier, but I think this is my favorite so far. For kids to understand the act of throwing a pot on a potter's wheel, though, I think they would need to have seen it in person or at least a video of it. The extra author information at the end is vital. Don't skip it.
Note: I added this to my "dedicated-to-me" shelf because part of Bryan Collier's dedication is to "everyone who loves picture books."...more
This is the fourth poetry book by Joyce Sidman that I've read and enjoyed. Her poetry always teaches me something new. Before reading this book, I hadThis is the fourth poetry book by Joyce Sidman that I've read and enjoyed. Her poetry always teaches me something new. Before reading this book, I had never heard of a primrose moth or a red eft! Also, I had never heard of an ubi sunt type of poem. As in Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems, Sidman pairs these poems with nonfiction text that expands and enhances the subject of its paired poem. I enjoyed reading the poem, reading the nonfiction text, and then going back to reread the poem. The accompanying text really added to my understanding of the poem and its subject.
Only a handful of poetry books and only a handful of picture books have won a Newbery - award or honor. This book is both a poetry book and a picture book, and it won a Newbery honor for 2011. I wouldn't be surprised to hear it was considered for a Caldecott as well, although it obviously didn't win that one. Still, the illustrations are interesting to look at and complement their poems. There is a note on the copyright page about the time-consuming process used to create the illustrations. Knowing a bit about the process makes me like the illustrations even more.
With its informational poetry, paired nonfiction text, and theme of nocturnal plants and animals, this book could be used in many different ways in classrooms and library lessons. For example, as an introduction to a lesson on owls or nocturnal animals, teachers could have students read the poem "Dark Emperor" and determine which animal is the dark emperor based on clues from the poem. They could have students write their own ubi sunt poem, or have them try their hand at pairing their own poem with a nonfiction paragraph. This book would enhance any library's poetry collection....more
Usually when I read a Patricia Maclachlan book, I see a whole world filled with the story's characters in my head. When I look back at the book's textUsually when I read a Patricia Maclachlan book, I see a whole world filled with the story's characters in my head. When I look back at the book's text later, I can't find all those details in just the words of the book. Yet they are there somehow. It didn't work that way for me with this book. I had trouble "seeing" the world and its characters. I kept getting the kids mixed up, and I couldn't remember which character had which problem. This does have some nice poems and an author's note at the end explaining how the story came about. The author's note made me like the story just a bit more....more
This is one of those deceptively simple picture books that requires attention to the illustrations to understand all of what is happening in the storyThis is one of those deceptively simple picture books that requires attention to the illustrations to understand all of what is happening in the story. I love it, although I wonder if children will understand why Mary is getting so angry as she accomplishes more and more tasks to get things ready before winter. Maybe they will, since children do have an innate sense of fairness and can see that Mary's husband isn't helping out!
I did have one question, though. Why does Mary need so many wooden nickels?...more