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Who Swallowed Harold?: And Other Poems about Pets

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  21 reviews
From puppies to iguanas and goldfish to guinea pigs, here are eighteen poems, some funny, some touching, about the pets we love. With expertly crafted poems and hilarious illustrations, this adorable companion to Squeal and Squawk: Barnyard Talk has something to offer every pet owner—and even those wistful readers who are only dreaming of having a pet.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Two Lions (first published March 31st 2005)
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When I’m reading to myself, I like a good novel, preferably one without even a hint of blank verse in it. In reading out loud to The Five-Year-Old, however, it’s a different story. A well-executed rhyme scheme makes many a picture book better.

While I can appreciate the role of poetry in children’s literature, I am rarely interested in collections of poems, for kids or otherwise. But as April is National Poetry Month, we at Caterpickles are dutifully taking a break from our beloved folk tales to
Juliet Crocco
Cute and sometimes funny

The art is excellent. These poems are amusing. My 4-year old enjoyed then. Some of the rhythms were hard to decipher - seemed off on a few, but obviously this book is for fun, and that it is! I gave it 3 stars because it is fun.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
not what i would have expected this book 2 be??! very cool. great illustrations. well done!! so cool. i was trying to pick a favorite poem ...but i couldn't do it .. all so fun. ...more
Pamela S Eveland
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Several funny cute poems

Several funny, cute poems about pets. Not as good as Shel Silverstien, but pretty cute. 6 yr old liked it.
Roberta Krance
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

It was definitely worth the money! I really enjoyed each poem but wished there were more to read. Thank you.
Lisa Smith-Edwards
Good rhymes, different types of poetry.
Amy May Luu
Not bad

It was good but a bit hard for little kids to understand the entire story. One almost fell asleep during the story. I like that it rhymes so it made it easier to read.
Gaye E.
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Those are dear daughter’s words, an unsolicited testimonial.

Mommy loves it too, which is sometimes unusual when Daughter chooses what we read. 🤣💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕
Lisa McIntyre
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun, Well Written Poetry for Kids!

All the poems on here are down so well! The illustrations are also well done. We enjoyed it very much!
Catherine Pieri
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
These poems are great to introduce to a young reader and will sure make them laugh.
Beverly Stamper
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our favorite anytime book!

This book is a favorite of mine and my granddaughter, Morgan. She can be counted on to ask for it daily, as a reward, before a nap, when she's happy, or opposite of that! So please, Ms. Pearson, be a doll...write another for one and all! (I know this Mimi is no poet, so put us out of our misery and start writing some more!) Morgan is five years old and I am sixty eight, but these poems about Harold and others are just right for any age! A particular favourite is Mary B
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very cute read! I loved how it was full of poems based off of different pets.
A turtle in the toilet, a snake in Mom’s bed, a smelly cat, and an itchy dog (“Please don’t sneeze—you’ll wake his fleas.”) are all just part of the fun in this book of poems about pets. Always whimsical and sometimes indelicate (“Do Goldfish Pee?”), Pearson’s poems are perfectly paired with Slonim’s large and playful, acrylic, pen, and pencil illustrations. Whether you use this terrific read-aloud to introduce poetry or in conjunction with a unit on pets, kids will be waiting in line for their ...more
Kristin H.
Oct 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has several poems about animals. My favorite is titled Do Goldfish Pee?
Not only did the students laugh, I did too. You can read this book aloud in about fifteen minutes. The illustrations are great and so are the poems.
Nov 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun pet poetry with bright clear illustrations by David Slonim. Fun poems with a bit of a Silverstein 'bent' to them. I can imagine our son trying to gross me out by memorizing "Do Goldfish Pee?", when he's 7 or so. ...more
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of fun poems about pets, some could be read at storytime.
Lisa Vegan
This is the only 32 page “chapter book” I’ve ever seen. ;-)
Mark Stromski
Funny Story

The book kept my children interested in continuing on to the end. That's something that I look forward in a book by keeping my children wanting to get to the end.
Josie Dipiero
When I got this book, I didn't realize that it was poems, so when I opened it I was confused, but I liked a lot of the poems in it. ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Animals come to human life in these cute poems partnered with wild illustrations. Kids will enjoy these humorous poems.
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