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Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant: And Other Poems

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What do you get when you cross . . .
A toaster with a toad?
A tuba with a baboon?
A clock with an octopus?
A hat with a chicken?
An umbrella with an elephant?

Why . . .
A Pop-up Toadster
A Tubaboon
The Clocktopus
A Hatchicken
and . . .
The Bold Umbrellaphant

And what do you get when you cross this book with a kid?

Why . . .
The Happy Kibook!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Greenwillow Books (first published September 26th 2006)
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Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This might be my first stab at reading poetry to the children. Certainly I've not tried it more than two or three times. My niece and nephew don't seem to really dig rhyming text, so I really wasn't sure how they were going to feel about this book of (rhyming) poems. But in the end I decided, "Heck with it. I'm going to ram culture down their throats, like it or not."

Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant is a unique book. The concept behind each of the poems is, what would you have if you combined an
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, childrens
Outstandingly clever artwork and a twist on words.
I'm giving this five stars in honor of my childhood self--I'm sure little Katie would have LOVED this book! :-D Grown-up me thinks it's pretty darn great, too. It has fun poems, creative words, and intriguing-and-zany illustrations and, best of all, a fascinating concept.

The Bold Umbrellaphant (as you can see from the cover, this guy has an umbrella coming out of his trunk!) is joined by
A Pop-up Toadster
A Tubaboon
The Clocktopus
A Hatchicken
among others.
(Come on, these are SO much fun!!! ;-p )

J-Lynn Van Pelt
This book is a collection of poems that combine an inanimate object with an animal—like a clocktopus, shoehornets, or a panthermometer.

They are fun and goofy poems that have strong rhyme that could be used for quick read alouds for younger students. But, could also be used as an idea starter for a creative writing assignment for older readers where they combine things of their own choice to create a poem. It might also be a good abstract introduction to the concept of similes and metaphors where
Becky Loader
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait to read this book with a child! I used to fantasize what would happen if you crossed a rabbit with a kangaroo: a rabbaroo, of course. I think Jack Prelutsky must have shared some of my childhood thoughts.

Contagious poems that just beg to be read outloud! Do it!!

Oh, and I want a Bold Umbrellaphant.
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Behold the bold Umbrellaphant and all his friends with this amazing book of poems. You can see in your mind.. an elephant with an umbrella for a trunk. This book is full of wonderous life and creatures some have never seen before.Behold the bold Umbrellaphant...and read this book.
Marilyn Showalter
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All ages reading level
I really enjoyed this book because it was interesting to see how the author used the names of animals and connected it with an object. I like the rhyming in these poems, and the illustrations were excellently drawn. It would be a good read a loud for any grade if you are teaching on poetry. For the older grades I could have them construct a poem like one in the book based on an animal and object, and for the younger grades these single poems might be a good class
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The illustrations in this book are unlike anything I've seen before. They were truly captivating. The poems were very clever, even tying factual information in to the particular "animal" the poem was talking about. The pictures did the same thing. This would be fun to read with any elementary grade, maybe even middle school when students are writing poetry. There are many art activities, writing activities, and other things you could do after reading this.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
4th-5th grade
I found this poetry book really fun! I loved the rhyme it used and how it flowed so easily with the comparison of the animal with the daily object. For example, the umbrellaphant was a fun, made-up animal with a poem about the elephants trunk being an umbrella. I think this poetry book encourages imagination and I really enjoyed that!
Constance Cosmas
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This playful picture book of poetry engages fantasy-loving readers by giving life to animals that are mixed (literally) with everyday items. For example, the “pop-up toadsters” (frogs crossed with toasters), or my personal favorite “the tearful zipperpotamuses” which are none other than a hippopotamus crossed with a zipper. Each poem is unique. Their styles vary (free verse, rhyming, limericks, etc.) as does their form on the page. Due to the creative nature of these animal hybrids, rarely does ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Jack Prelutsky and this book lives up to that! These animal/object smashups are smart, funny, and wonderfully illustrated. Berry loved the Alarmadillos and the Clocktopus. She said "clock" for the first time while we were reading!
Emily Rella
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exploring-poetry
This poetry book has a quirky way with language. The author takes objects and combines them with animals such as umbrellaphant or clocktopus. I thought the new use of words was fun, and made for a good read. This book is definitely a great way to access engagement among any early or developed readers.
Emily Sefcheck
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
3rd-6th grade
Genre: Poetry

This fun poetry book takes personification to a whole different level. The everyday things that this author uses to make poetry is fun and entertaining to upper elementary students. This is a great poetry resource.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I might say 4.5 stars because Scranimals was a little more magical, but this was super creative and entertaining. Even my older readers loved it and love to go back to the word and sound play in these poems.
Emily Dougherty
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
o Grades K-2
o Poetry
o This book that is filled with easy comprehensive poems that are sweet and made me smile when I read them. They are great to help spark imagine
Cassidy Wells
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eled-340
That was such a cute poetry book. I loved all the poems and how the author combined normal household objects with different animals. It was very creative and would be a great poetry book to use in a classroom because students could make up their own poems about made up creatures. Poetry.
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
I have to admit that, based on this audio selection, I'm not a huge Prelutsky fan. While I can see how the rhymes might be fun to read aloud to small children, these selections tend to sound a bit repetitive, particularly when Prelutsky states the title of the poem, reads the poem, and then sings the same poem. A little bit of this goes a long way for me. Kids ages 7 to 10 will very likely enjoy this more than I did."

SPL Summary: "A collection of humorous poems from three of Jack Prelutsky's
Amy Forrester
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The 19 poems in this humorous collection feature a cast of animals crossed with household objects. In tongue-twisting, puntastic rhymes Prelutsky describes each curious animal, from the Alarmadillo to the Zipperpotamus.

Prelutsky has skillfully combined words to create poems that not only describe the animals with the meaning of the words, but also with the rhythm and sound of the words and phrases. I especially like the crisp, staccato feel of “The Pop-Up Toadsters” that hop and hop, “Then
Apr 10, 2010 added it
Shelves: poetry-books
Genre: Poetry

Numbers of pages: 40

Grade level/age: 3rd-6th

Theme: Imaginary animals

Summary: Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant encourages imagination as the author combines inanimate objects with animals. The Bold Umbrellaphant is an elephant with an umbrella growing on the end of its trunk. The Hatchickens don't know which way is up and the Circular Satoise spends his days sawing lumber.

Personal Response I love this book! It's bold pictures do a great job of portraying the meaning of the
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
We had a lot of fun reading this book. It's a little bizarre in the fact that the author is writing poems about animals combined with inanimate objects, but I found it clever how he combined the names of the objects with the animals' names. What my children and I really enjoyed was the multi-media artwork. We loved how the illustrator combined typed-on-paper (including in Arabic!), photographs, scrap paper with different textures, etc. That was a lot of fun to see.

The cadence of the poems were
Deb Jones
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Jack Prelutsky has compiled 17 poems in Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant with the help of illustrator, Carin Berger. Each poem combines an animal with an inanimate object such as a lynx and chain in “The Lynx of Chain,” or a clock and octopus in “The Clocktopus.” The rhyming is evident in each of the poems and the vocabulary is suited for students in grades 4-6. Younger students would enjoy the silly drawings, but might need help understanding some of the more descriptive words used in each poem. ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Prelutsky, Jack, and Berger, Carin. Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant. Harper Collins, 2006. Print. 40 p.
Poet from list – Jack Prelutsky

In this collection of poems, the poet explores a world in which objects and animals are “mashed” together to create interesting, mind-bending creations. In the title poem, an “umbrellaphant” is an elephant with an umbrella at the end of his trunk. Play on words, creative imagery, and new perspectives are the themes presented in Prelutsky's collection. These poems
Katie Luckraft
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alarmadillos, toadsters, and zipperpotamuses oh my! The author of this authentically imaginative book fuses animals with inanimate objects, and writes whimsical poems about each amusing creature.
I enjoyed this book tremendously! The creative multimedia pictures are appealingly different from the typical children’s book, and each poem is beautifully unique. In the reading classroom, I can imagine middle level readers appreciating the odd animal/ object amalgamations and the fun verses that
I adored this poetry book. In the book we meet the machine-animals (animals that are combined with an inanimate object) such as an umbrella elephant, owl clock, spatula firefly, gold chain puma, etc. The artwork is enjoyable and will stimulate the readers imagination as it takes the scrap book approach in its art style. The poetry itself is very funny and clever, and there were times when I could "hear" the machine animal and catch glimpses of the animal moving around in my mind's eye. The book ...more
Nov 19, 2007 rated it liked it
Regularly cry.
They seldom cease their weeping,
And they seldom even try.
They have zippers on their bellies,
On their legs and heads and back,
But their zippers keep unzipping,
So they rarely can relax.

Stand around and mope…
If all their zippers opened
They would surely have no hope
Their zippers help contain them,
So they worry and they fret
That their insides will fall outside,
Though this hasn't happened yet.

Find it very
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Jack Prelutsky assembled a collection of poems in “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant” with illustrations created by Carin Berger. The poems in this collection are fun and carefree, which are great for young readers in grades 3-4. I believe poetry is a powerful tool to help children increase their fluency and confidence reading aloud. As a classroom activity, I would ask the students to choose a poem then present it to the class in an interesting way. Prior to the presentation, I would conference and ...more
Alaina Sloo
Another wonderful collection of short poems about crazy creatures that are part-animal, part-something else, like his earlier (and I think even more wonderful) Scranimals. Quirky, collaged illustrations make the creatures that much more fun. Great for stirring the imaginations of children preschool through 2d grade.

The Pop-up Toadsters hop and hop,
Then startlingly, abruptly stop
And place in slots atop their heads
Fresh slices of assorted breads.

(Poem excerpted from publisher Web site.)

The wordplaytapus frolics through this book! The vocabulary is pretty thick, but for kids who like playing with words and who enjoy strange imaginings, this poetry is for them. Each animal is combined with an object, to create fun new creatures like the Clocktopus and the Alarmadillos, each with its own quirky habits. The collage animals that go with the poems are perfectly suited to the words. These pictures might also provide inspiration for children to write their own poems and craft their ...more
Oct 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Wordsmiths, fans of collage
We were given a lot of books before Ben was born, but I started out with the board books first, so I just read this one recently.

When we received the book, I looked at the pictures and knew I liked those because they are collages. (I dig collaging.)

But the book is all poems about animals that are half-animal, half-object, like the Panthermometer. The poems rhyme and are fun like "Eletelephony" (a poem I treasure because my mom had it memorized), and every once in a while they throw in an
Heather Sarik
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome. So much of children's poetry is just awful, full of forced rhymes and cheesy themes that adults think will appeal to kids (but don't). This collection of poems revolves around about fantastical animals like the eponymous umbrellaphant and its friends, among others the alarmadillos (an armadillo/alarm clock cross), the clocktopus, the panthermometers, and, my personal favorite, the tweasels. The whimsical collaged illustrations are just as good as the poems and illustrate ...more
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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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