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I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups

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Meet Chris Harris, the 21st-century Shel Silverstein! Already lauded by critics as a worthy heir to such greats as Silverstein, Seuss, Nash and Lear, his hilarious debut poetry collection molds wit and wordplay, nonsense and oxymoron, and visual and verbal sleight-of-hand in masterful ways that make you look at the world in a whole new wonderfully upside-down way. With ent ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Sheri
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun collection of poems and amusing epigrams that will make you giggle and may even teach you a lesson or two. Some of my favorites:

Grown-ups Are Better (I)
The Good-child Test
Alphabet Book (by the Laziest Artist in the World)
The Last Time I Ever Went Down to Breakfast Without Making My Bed
‘Tis Better…
The Little Hurts

Silly and fun, clever and creative, yet thoughtful and insightful, there’s a lot of sense rolled into this nonsense. A playful read that the whole family will enjoy.
Betsy
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What exactly constitutes a celebrity children’s book these days? See, it all used to be so simple when it was just actors and musicians inflicting their words on our young. In the good old days you could count on a book by Madonna to be crummy, Jay Leno to be offensive, and Mario Lopez to be . . . well, you can probably figure that one out on your own. They were schlock, one and all, and while you might get the occasional decent book by John Lithgow or Jamie Lee Curtis, by and large celebrity pi ...more
La Coccinelle
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, poetry
I'm Just No Good at Rhyming reminds me of some of Shel Silverstein's collections of poetry. Some poems are goofy, some are quite deep, others are kind of stupid... but, overall, this is a nice collection that children will probably enjoy. I'm not sure if it's suitable for very young children (some of the poems use rather difficult words, and there are a few concepts that might go over little ones' heads), but if a child can read this book to themselves, they'll probably get quite a bit out of it ...more
Emily
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As an immature grown up, this was an amazing read and I laughed out loud. And I don't usually like poetry. I cannot wait to share it with kids.
Mike Scardino
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
This book is great fun,
And that's my opinion.
Laura Harrison
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This poetry book is so incredibly funny I can hardly stand it. The kids are going to go nuts for this one. Choosing Lane Smith to illustrate was pure genius. I hope I'm No Good at Rhyming... is hand sold by booksellers etc. across the country this holiday season. It will be a most welcome holiday or any day gift. Librarians have probably already discovered its greatness. Recommendations should abound with that group, too. Truly one of the best children's poetry books I have ever read.
Liz
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I originally checked this book out to read with my children, but after reading a bit with them, I read it cover to cover by myself. This book is a lot like Shel Silverstein...but so much better! I literally laughed and cried during this book. There are lots of silly poems, but some poignant ones too, that made me think. Everything a poetry book should be.
Monica Edinger
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. Chris Harris is a worthy heir to Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, A. A. Milne, Ogden Nash, and more I can't think of right now. Finished it on my own, but best has been reading it aloud to my 4th graders (and...er..the poem for 4th graders?), a few every morning. Outstanding!
Debbie
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laugh-out-loud funny poems! Loved the combination of poet and illustrator! They play well with each other! There's a lot of cleverness in this book. Definitely one that you can read over and over again and appreciate more and more. This would appeal to kids and grow-up kids alike!
Jenny
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the funniest poetry collections I have read ever--I like it better than Shel Silverstein or Dr. Seuss. Hilarious poems with wonderful rhythm. Enthralling for kids and adults. My 6-year-old loved it, and I think up children up to middle school would enjoy it.
DaNae
Sure to fly off the 811 shelves along with the evergreen Silverstein
Piper
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My kid cackles when he reads this wonderful book!
Cheryl
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
How often do you see a substantial children's collection of poetry by one author? Last I recall would indeed be *A Light in the Attic*, which does bear a passing resemblance to this. It's a different experience to read this instead of an anthology.

Smith's illustrations are different than his usual style, too. Much more subtle and palatable....

Good book design... lots of little things make a fan want a copy of her own, instead of just reading the library's. For example, the jacket has one invitin
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Bianca
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This collection of "wildly, witty, words" written by Chris Harris, is so cleverly written that kids and adults alike will quickly become obsessed with finding their new favorite poem to read. Paired with perfectly matched illustrations by Lane Smith, the book's collection of poems are hilariously silly and quirky, with topics that your children/students will find relatable, (see- Sometimes I don't want to Share- a poem that expresses the anguish of having to share a delicious cookie).
This colle
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Steph
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When you open a book that Lane Smith has been a part of, and then even the dedication is incredibly amusing, you KNOW it's gonna be awesome. It's kid-friendly and full of many types of poems that will make you laugh and smile. Kids will just LOVE it. Some are silly, some are just adorable.

If you have room for a new book of poetry, let this be it.
Calista
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this, although it was so similar to books by Shel Silverstein. Some of the poems were funny, but a lot of them just didn't make me laugh. It was neat how the included all of these little details in the book, like a table of contents with the poems in the wrong order. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes poetry, especially poems by Shel Silverstein.
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Hilariously stupid. Hilariously stupid. Hilariously stupid. Hilariously stupid. Hilariously stupid. Hilariously stupid.

Just oddly good for its kind of stupid funniness. I couldn't get enough of it. One of the first books on my shelf.
Jennifer
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, kids, poetry, 2018reads
Had a lot of fun reading this one - took it to dinner with my family and we enjoyed flipping through to find favorites. I even got my mom to perform the avocado poem. A little uneven in places, but overall very good. Lane Smith's art is an equal partner in conveying the humor and tone and is well-suited to the zaniness of the verse.
Alejandra Santana
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun, silly book!! Loved it! And definitely reminded me of Shel Silverstein. So many different poems it would be a great introduction or tool to use for poetry programs
Art
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Scott Simon’s ear for dialogue rewards his listeners every Saturday morning. I’m Just No Good At Rhyming serves as a terrific example.

Simon and Chris Harris, the author, talked about the book and its inspiration before reading three of the pieces, including “The Argument” and the two-page namesake poem before closing on a tender note for kid and Dad in “The World’s Best Offer.”

Other fun in here includes "My Dessert Tummy," a four-page spread. Oh, and then there’s another favorite, “I’m Shy on
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Beverly
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jnf-800-poetry
This was a very funny poetry book, aimed at 10-year-old children. But, to add to the silliness, there was one poem that was repeated about 3 times throughout the book, adding more and more lines each time. One of the poems is about a boy whose parents forgot to teach him the number "8." To stretch this silliness, the book itself has no page number with an "8" in it--the pages go from "7" to "9," "27" to "29," etc. all the way through the book. A few of my favorites: "The Last Time I Ever Went Do ...more
Melissa
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Silliest. Book. Ever. I loved it.
Leonard
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great books of fun and funny poems and drawings for kids and adults. Reminds me of Shel Silverstein.
Beth
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This clever book of poetry made me think, laugh out loud (several times!), and consider who I could gift it to. I love that the poems are written for kids and their parents to enjoy together; my seven-year-old was in stitches over "Hey, Kids! Get Your Parents to Read You This Poem!" and my four-year-old giggled all the way through "If You Ever Have to Memorize a Poem of Twenty Lines or Longer and Deliver It to Your Class, Then This Is a Pretty Good Choice." Interspersed with all that silliness a ...more
Prince William Public Library System
I may be the perfect reader for I’m Just No Good at Rhyming since ‘Books for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups’ is probably one of my favorite genres. Needless to say, I loved this book. Loved it. I loved the clever wordplay. I loved the silly rhymes. I loved the hilarious jokes. I loved the amazing illustrations. I loved the ridiculous nonsense. I loved everything about it, from the dust jacket and the index to the author bios and the outdex. I even enjoyed the pagination. (How many books ...more
Gretchen Alice
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was sublime. It deserves a spot next to Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. (Sidebar: The realm of silly children's poetry is awfully white and male. I'd love to see that change. Although I will give plenty of credit to Lane Smith for including a diverse cast of children in his illustrations!)

Chris Harris has written page after page of ridiculous poetry. It goes from absurd to icky to sweet to philosophical and back to absurd again. Contrary to the title, there are some truly wonderful rh
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Linda
Winner of this year's Cybils Poetry Award! What I Liked: The clever threads that keep repeating and enticing readers to read on. There are “doors” to open, then hippos jumping on the bed, then a sweet poem about loving the room, but, oh my, the bed is broken “Let’s go get those hippos” - now I wonder where that’s going? If that doesn’t make much sense to you now, it will when you read the book, follow the fun paths that have been created.
Also, there is a sentimental quality to the writing sprea
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Rebbecca
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that I am not 11 1/2 years old. I can't imagine being denied the pleasure of reading this book. Growing up with Shel Silverstein, Chris Harris reminded me of my youth. The joy of fun rhymes and humorous words. Not every poem is meant to be read out loud. Several of the poems need to be seen to have the full effect. However, many of the poems will make a great read aloud. And what a wonderful way to introduce children to the wonders of poetry. From the front flap copy of the dust jac ...more
Kate
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 2nd-6th grade
Irreverent poems with sometimes a quieter one sneaking in. Very fun to read and Lane Smith's ink drawings pairs wonderfully. For example, the poem "Sometimes I don't want to share" is all about a chocolate chip cookie and the horror of having to break it in half to share. The accompanying art includes a takeoff of The Scream with cookies being the eyes and mouth. Even the back of the book adds to the fun with poems he didn't write as well as a hint to lift the dust jacket to see what's underneat ...more
Angie
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, poetry
Brilliantly funny! Chris Harris's poems with Lane Smith's illustrations are fantastic and a match made in heaven. I loved the interaction between the two throughout the book. I also really enjoyed the surprises you will find if you read the book from cover to cover: like the page numbering and the poem that continues. Some of these poems beg to be read aloud and I did so. My cats thoroughly enjoyed them and are now demanding I read to them nightly. Thanks Chris and Lane!
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