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NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

Author: Jack Prelutsky

Illustrator: James Stevenson

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2013

Material: paperback

Summary: Poems about your neighborhood, riffs on family life, and tales of gloopy gloppers (among other imaginary creatures) create laugh-out-loud moments for all. There are more than 100 rhyming poems in this poetry book for kids.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 5 and Up

Reading Level: 4.8

Age of Child: Read with and by an 11-year old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter has loved Jack Prelutsky's poems for a very long time. She loves being able to pick what she wants to read, usually based on the illustration. It is always fun to end the day with a laugh.

Adult Reader Reaction: Poems are one of the few things our pre-teen wants us to read with / to her in the evening. Most of the poems are one page, so we can usually get in more reading time. Prelutsky's poetry is so much fun to read, and so relatable to everyday life.

Pros: Laugh-out-loud poems about daily life create a fun collection that can be shared with everyone in the family.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Anthologies are very useful, because they give you lots of variety of things to read all in one book. These are poems that can be shared with all ages and will grow with your kids.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MY DOG MAY BE A GENIUS   HIP HOP SPEAKS TO CHILDREN   JULIE ANDREWS' COLLECTION OF POEMS, SONGS, AND LULLABIES

Educational Themes: Poetry is an easy way to engage readers and help them develop their skills. Because they are short, the balance between printed words and white space is excellent. Rhymes and repetition help them practice word sounds and word groups. They can also expand their vocabulary (word bank) without even realizing it.

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: Fiction - poetry, family life, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2015

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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