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“A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.”
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2013
Summary: Circles and triangles; short stanzas and long; words you are familiar with and some that are much too long (Fummawummalummazumms!). More than 100 poems cover topics from food to pets to school and avoiding chores. There are all varieties of poems for young readers.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 5 and Up
Age of Child: Read with a 10-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our preteen is balking at reading, but still loves poetry. S/He likes being able to open the book to any page and decide what to read. The cool thing is that we get to hear all the poems that are hits because we hear "listen to this."
Adult Reader Reaction: We didn't rely solely on our 10-year-old in reading A Pizza the Size of the Sun. We are huge Jack Prelutsky fans - his poetry speaks with a voice that resonates but also echoes his target audience.
Pros: Humor and great imagery will have everyone laughing. This is an exceptional choice for developing and struggling readers, as the rhymes help with word decoding practice.
Cons: Absolutely none.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a great book to share with young elementary students, and it will be a "comfort read" for them later when they need a laugh or a warm memory.
Educational Themes: Celebrate poetry with this collection of 100 poems for young readers. The variety of topics help illustrate that poems can be fun and celebrate any topic.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - poetry, humor
Date(s) Reviewed: January 2015
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.