Monday, April 25, 2011

My Dog May Be a Genius by Jack Prelutsky

Summary from dust jacket: Have you ever encountered an underwater marching band, a pig in a bathing suit, a pet orangutan, or a witch in a hardware store? Have you ever sat with a skunk in a courtroom, shopped for a dinosaur, or conversed with a Bupple, a Wosstrus, a Violinnet, or a Celloon? You will have, once you′ve read this exuberant collaboration from Jack Prelutsky and his "partner in crime" James Stevenson.

What I thought
: A great collection for kids. Such silly, improbable poems. I love Prelutsky's wide, varied vocabulary. My favorite poems are "the View from Here," "If You Were a Rhinoceros," "One Day in the Woods," "A Fox Has Caught the Chickens," "Some Chickens," "The Average Hippopotamus," and "I'm Dancing with My Elephants." Stevenson's illustrations are perfect. I can't pick a favorite.

(Illus. James Stevenson. Greenwillow, 2010)

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