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Publisher Comments:

<p> What do you get when you cross . . . <br> A toaster with a toad?<br> A tuba with a baboon?<br> A clock with an octopus?<br> A hat with a chicken?<br> An umbrella with an elephant? </p> <p> Why . . . <br> A Pop-up Toadster<br> A Tubaboon<br> The Clocktopus<br> A Hatchicken <br> and . . .<br> The Bold Umbrellaphant </p> <p> And what do you get when you cross this book with a kid? </p> <p> Why . . . <br> The Happy Kibook </p>

Review:

"Berger's (Not So True Stories & Unreasonable Rhymes) inventive, textured collages add up to a visual treat in this first-rate collection of Prelutsky poems. Readers will behold not only the bold umbrellaphant, whose trunk is literally an umbrella, but also more than a dozen other amusing creatures who (similar to the hybrid mythical beasts of Prelutsky's Scranimals) are a cross between an actual animal and an inanimate object, and exhibit combined traits of both. 'The Solitary Spatuloon,' its body shaped like a black spatula with wings, cries 'Syrup!' plaintively, flipping pancakes with its tail. ('Its tail, we note, is well designed/ With this peculiar task in mind.') Especially clever are 'The Tearful Zipperpotamuses,' whose bodies are zippers that keep unzipping, 'So they worry and they fret/ That their insides will fall outside,/ Though this hasn't happened yet.' The clever rhymes do not miss a beat, and Berger's collages brim with both unusual visual humor and irony. She pictures the Clocktopus ('Its tentacles in tempo/ With the clock upon its face') with as many clocks, pocket watches and wristwatches as it has appendages, none of them synchronized; and 'The Ballpoint Penguins' swoop like ice skaters on lined pages used for cursive writing exercises — the critters 'do little else but write and write./ Although they've nothing much to say,/ They write and write it anyway.' Young readers will behold a wonderful, fantastically silly book. Ages 4-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The master of silliness releases 17 poems that introduce oddly wonderful and uniquely skilled creatures who are combinations of animals and inanimate objects: ballpoint penguins, a spatuloon, a tubaboon, and more. Berger's collage illustrations combine a delicious sense of color and design, adding to the whimsy and fun. Full color.

Synopsis:

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!

About the Author

Jack Prelutsky was the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate. He has filled more than fifty books of verse with his inventive wordplay, including the national bestsellers Scranimals and The New Kid on the Block. He lives in Washington State.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060543174
Author:
Prelutsky, Jack
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Illustrator:
Berger, Carin
Author:
Berger, Carin
Author:
by Jack Prelutsky and Carin Berger
Subject:
Poetry - Humorous
Subject:
Children's poetry, American
Subject:
Animals, mythical
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Children's poetry
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from PreS to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9.25 x 11.25 in 15.52 oz
Age Level:
04-UP

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Berger's (Not So True Stories & Unreasonable Rhymes) inventive, textured collages add up to a visual treat in this first-rate collection of Prelutsky poems. Readers will behold not only the bold umbrellaphant, whose trunk is literally an umbrella, but also more than a dozen other amusing creatures who (similar to the hybrid mythical beasts of Prelutsky's Scranimals) are a cross between an actual animal and an inanimate object, and exhibit combined traits of both. 'The Solitary Spatuloon,' its body shaped like a black spatula with wings, cries 'Syrup!' plaintively, flipping pancakes with its tail. ('Its tail, we note, is well designed/ With this peculiar task in mind.') Especially clever are 'The Tearful Zipperpotamuses,' whose bodies are zippers that keep unzipping, 'So they worry and they fret/ That their insides will fall outside,/ Though this hasn't happened yet.' The clever rhymes do not miss a beat, and Berger's collages brim with both unusual visual humor and irony. She pictures the Clocktopus ('Its tentacles in tempo/ With the clock upon its face') with as many clocks, pocket watches and wristwatches as it has appendages, none of them synchronized; and 'The Ballpoint Penguins' swoop like ice skaters on lined pages used for cursive writing exercises — the critters 'do little else but write and write./ Although they've nothing much to say,/ They write and write it anyway.' Young readers will behold a wonderful, fantastically silly book. Ages 4-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The master of silliness releases 17 poems that introduce oddly wonderful and uniquely skilled creatures who are combinations of animals and inanimate objects: ballpoint penguins, a spatuloon, a tubaboon, and more. Berger's collage illustrations combine a delicious sense of color and design, adding to the whimsy and fun. Full color.

"Synopsis" by , 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!

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