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Author: Karma Wilson

Illustrator: Barry Blitt

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Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is a brilliantly entertaining poetry collection for kids. There are more than 120 poems that cover everything from the golden eggs and the end of the rainbow to giving your cat a bath. This is a children's poetry book that shows kids the humor in everyday events.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Age of Child: Read with and by a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this for my daughter because she said poetry is boring and I wanted to show her it's not. She liked the poems she could understand. She laughed and memorized some of them because she thought they were so funny she wanted to share them with other kids. She liked that the poems were short. She liked the drawings and how the poems were about all different subjects not just one like flowers.

Adult Reader Reaction: I really liked this book. I even had my husband read it and we both got some good laughs. It adds a funny viewpoint on some day-to-day events. My daughter learned that not all poetry has to rhyme or be boring, and I'm glad this book changed her view.

Pros: These are poems for kids that offer a humorous look at things that happen every day. It introduces them to poetry in ways they probably have never thought possible.

Cons: This is a pretty long book, so you probably only want to read a few poems at a time.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. This could go either way. It is one of those books that you might pull off the shelf when you need a giggle, but it wouldn't get read every day. Borrow it from the library first.

If You Liked This Book, Try: POETRY SPEAKS TO CHILDREN (book and CD)   MY HIPPO HAS THE HICCUPS AND OTHER POEMS I TOTALLY MADE UP   WHAT A DAY IT WAS AT SCHOOL!

Educational Themes: This is a book for introducing kids to poetry. With more than 100 poems, it is easy to see the breadth of topics and different ways a poem is put together.

Notes: A Reading Tub volunteer submitted this review. S/He borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, poetry, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2009

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