Prelutsky’s New Book Is Sure to Amuse

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Have you ever had to write a poem for school? You may have been required to write a poem about nature, the wind, et cetera.

Have you ever had to write a poem for school? You may have been required to write a poem about nature, the wind, et cetera. Although many people appreciate this kind of deep, serious poetry, it is not for everyone. Luckily, Jack Prelutsky’s Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems is fully of silly poems about fictional and amusing creatures. For example, one of Prelutsky’s ridiculous animal poems is about the Bluffalo- an imaginary kind of bison that act tough but are truly cowards. Another is the Fountain Lion- a big cat with water spurting out of its head. There are many of these hilariously unrealistic poems in the book.

 

 

The illustrations by Carin Berger were just as intriguing as the poetry- if not more so. They appeared to be pictures of the creature the poem was describing, but the image seemed to be crafted out of buttons, paper clips, and other household objects. I thought that was very fascinating, and it made me want to read the poems even more. It was an interesting and creative method of pulling the reader in.

 

 

I recommend this book to kids of all ages. The book is intended more for younger children, but it totally cracked me up. A good pick-me-up for a rainy day, Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems is a lighthearted, goofy book for anyone.