|Hard-boiled bugs for breakfast : and other tasty poems|
Author: Prelutsky, Jack
A collection featuring 100 funny new original poems in a wide array of poetic forms, from haiku to concrete poems and everything in between accompanied by black and white illustrations.
|Illustrator:||Chan, Ruth, 1980-|
Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/15/20)
School Library Journal (+) (01/01/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (12/01/20)
The Hornbook (00/03/21)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2021 Gr 3–7—Prelutsky's new poetry collection is a gift to the ears and eyes. Written in a variety of rhyme schemes, the poems describe feelings, unusual beasts, and monsters (the lazy slothrush, the confused niddlenudds, the wazawa). Black-and-white cartoon drawings accompany each poem and bring the words—both comical and descriptive—to life. Prelutsky is a master of humor and poetic device. The imagery throughout is interesting and clever: a garden of glowing electric light bulbs; a musical octopus octet; giant bubble gum bubbles that lift a child off the ground. Puns are another device featured in the text. Some poems include a phonetic representation of a creature's name to help with pronunciation. The book could be used to spark ideas for a school poetry assignment. VERDICT A well-written, must-have collection of poems.—Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker P.L., OH - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/01/2020 The first U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate once again exhibits his knack for rhyme and giggles in this collection of over 100 new poems. With his signature silliness, Prelutsky imagines outlandish situations, as in “My Nose,” which thankfully isn’t 12 inches long (because then it would be a foot!), or “My Carrots Are Angry,” which describes the sullen state of his vegetables, legumes, and more (alas, they’re in a stew!). Several others describe animals, but not instantly recognizable ones. Instead, Prelutsky combines terms to form such pun-ny animals as “The Poor Revolving Doormouse” that can’t stop spinning or “The Limber Rubber Bandicoot” that stretches in its elastic suit. In these cases, the poet also provides pronunciation guides for these creatures. Still more poems recognize American holidays, like Dracula answering the door on Halloween or preposterous resolutions on New Year’s Eve. While most of the poems follow Prelusky’s traditional rhythmic rhymes, he also makes his mark with a few haiku and concrete poems. Topping off the playfulness is delightful black-and-white spot art. A read-aloud-ready anthology. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.