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Garbage Delight

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Peppered with cheeky rhymes and wicked fun, Dennis Lee’s superbly crafted poems offer a feast of silly, sassy, and soothing verses. This classic edition, featuring Frank Newfield’s original i illustrations, will have a new generation of readers banging their spoons for more.

With a nip and a nibble

A drip and a dribble

A dollop, a walloping bite:

If you want to see grins

All th
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Hardcover, 64 pages
Published 1977 by Macmillan of Canada Ltd.
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La Coccinelle
Ugh! Nope.

I thought some of the poems in The Ice Cream Store were pretty bad. Outdated. Inappropriate. But this... This is even worse.

Garbage Delight is as old as I am... and that makes me feel positively ancient. Many of the poems in here are just plain nonsense. Others are kind of offensive (like the one about the girls with facial hair where one of them blows her face off with a bomb). Some are downright horrifying; one poem has a child throwing his little brother from the CN Tower. When that
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Natalee Caple
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OK so it was a real shift in tone from McCarthy's The Road but a wonderful return to earth. Nothing quite equals this book and Alligator Pie in their constant presence in my life. I still have such vivid happy memories of sitting crosslegged crammed in with friends at the librarians feet looking up. Now my kids sandwich me tightly while I read it. It feels really human and good. ...more
Cara
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this from the library about a week ago and we've read it at least twice a day since. The illustrations are simple and pair very nicely with the text. Silly and fun to read aloud!

*note: this is the illustrated version of the poem, not the full anthology of poems by the same name.
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Nick Seeger
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book to my son, but also enjoyed it thoroughly myself. There were plenty of mischievous laughs and deep questions that it raised. The girl who ate the monster and the boy who threw his brother off of the CN tower both provoked quite a bit of thought from my toddler.

It's telling that Lee would end a book of children's poems with a shrug, and a befuddled gesture towards the puzzling nature of writing poetry. I like a man that can speak his truth to children - after all, somet
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Kristine Mathias
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a book of fun Canadian poems perfect to read at bedtime or out loud to a classroom full of children. Children can relate to these wacky poems that are about Being Five, Mulligan Stew and eating Monsters. Like other poetry books by Dennis Lee, Garbage Delight is full of fun and interesting illustrations that will grab the attention of any child who picks it up.

I Eat Kids Yum Yum!
A child went out one day.
She only went to play.
A mighty monster came along
And sang its mighty monster song:

“I E
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Katie L.
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a very cute book of poems and would be best for those who enjoy whimsical poetry. The poems are a bit humorous and can be enjoyed on different levels by children and family. This author has many other books similar to this one such as, "Alligator Pie". ...more
David Timms
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who love words and/or poetry
Shelves: read-to-children
Love words? Bet you don't know a beeter way to share that love with children than to give them examples of how much delight words can produce... Dennis Lee is a Canadian Phenom who loves words. (Occasional echos of A.A.Milne are heard). ...more
Sherri
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Takes me back to childhood...delightful...:):)
Maki
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous poetry book for kids.
Deodand
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I asked specifically for this book for Christmas a couple of years ago - just so I could see if I'd enjoy it as much as I did when it was read to me in school, lo these many years ago. I did! ...more
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Dennis Beynon Lee, OC, MA (born 31 August 1939) is a Canadian poet and thinker who lives in Toronto, Ontario. He is also a children's writer.
After attending high school at the University of Toronto Schools, Lee received bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Toronto. He is best known for his children's writings; his most famous work is the rhymed Alligator Pie (1974). He
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