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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (163 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Prelutsky Narrator: Jack Prelutsky Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780061348235
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In Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, the master of silliness introduces oddly wonderful and uniquely skilled creatures who are combinations of animals and objects. You will meet the Ballpoint Penguins, the Clocktopus, the tearful Zipperpotamuses, a Spatuloon, and a Tubaloon!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Prelutsky fans are in for a treat with this collection.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “It’s a treat to hear the poet recite his own work.” 

    AudioFile 

  • “Prelutsky is one of the best word crafters in the business, and this collection does not disappoint.” 

    School Library Journal (starred review) 

  • “Like the scrambled animals and vegetables that populated Scranimals, the creatures featured in Prelutsky’s latest picture-book verse collection are a wildly imagined crew…Elementary teachers may want to borrow the book’s concept and use it, along with Scranimals, in poetry and art exercises that inspire new combinations of creatures.”

    Booklist

  • Washington State Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miranda | 2/15/2014

    " I loved this book! I read it to a 4 year old and a bunch of school-agers, and it was loved by all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 2/2/2014

    " I love all of Jack Prelutsky's poems. This book is one my favorites. Not only are the poems wonderful but the illustrator, Carin Berger, does a great job depicting the make-believe animals such as zipperpotamuses and alarmadillos. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jalynn | 1/28/2014

    " I really enjoyed the illustrations and I think my 4th graders would like the poems and maybe be able to think of some like them to write:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandee Mariner | 1/25/2014

    " This was so creative. I love how he turned animals into objects. I read the one on a linx. He was chain links. So creative! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/22/2014

    " Fun, silly poems combined with even more fun, unique collage artwork. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs Bond | 1/19/2014

    " Prelutsky combines animals and inanimate objects to create silly new animals. Love the collage illustrations. I plan to figure out a way to make my own Clocktopus for the library... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aurora | 1/10/2014

    " I generally do not enjoy poetry but this book is the exception to the rule. I bought it as a bedtime book for my stepson and he enjoys it just as much as I do. Reminds me very strongly of The Ice Cream Cone Coot and Other Rare Birds that I used to love to read as a kid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josie | 1/4/2014

    " Behold the bold Umbrellaphant and all his friends with this amazing book of poems. You can see in your mind.. an elephant with an umbrella for a trunk. This book is full of wonderous life and creatures some have never seen before.Behold the bold Umbrellaphant...and read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 12/19/2013

    " we just love made up animals. I thought these poems were very clever and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/24/2013

    " will buy this... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 11/17/2013

    " Great, silly poems that are all based on new compound words: the Clocktopus, the Pop-Up Toadsters, etc. An entertaining introduction to rhyming poetry. Students could make up their own compound creatures and write poems about them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/22/2013

    " Love the combining words poems - umbrellaphants, ball point penguins, etc.; but it's the illustrations that really get me. Amazingly beautiful collages. Sigh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micah | 10/2/2013

    " I LOVED this fun, light-hearted book of poems! Each poem is about a creation one would find by combining an animal with an everyday household object. The entire book is full of imagination and creativity through both text and illustration. It's definitely a book children would enjoy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 9/27/2013

    " Big hit with kids. Very silly poems. Enhances skills with wordplay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 8/9/2013

    " THIS IS A FANTASTIC BOOK!!! It among my most favorite children's books. The poems are clever, use some challenging vocabulary, and the illustrations fit perfectly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MissInformation | 8/7/2013

    " Imagination in language, ideas and illustration. A really special effort. Prelutsky is generally a poorman's Silverstein in my view, but not here. He has also always been hindered by poor illustrative representations. In this one, they work for him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 La'shae | 6/11/2013

    " I loved this book! The immense amount of rich vocabulary is great for introducing students to new words. I love the whimsical nature of the book. The animals are made up of very unusual items and described much different from what you would ever imagine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicola Turner | 5/8/2013

    " Not as great as Scranimals but the kids love these poems about unusual hybrids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 3/26/2013

    " Funny poems creating whimsical animals that are part thing/part animal; the poems are reminiscent of Shel Silverstein. Our girls loved the word play, the illustrations and the fun, rhyming poems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/2/2012

    " Emma thought this was very funny, the rhymes were very witty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney Shannon | 12/2/2012

    " A clever approach to poetry. Very creative and fun to read. It might be difficult for younger students to read all of the words (like umbrellaphant), so the teacher may want to read aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 9/21/2011

    " The poems are clever and fun and the cut paper illustrations are excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 9/14/2011

    " For my poetry reading I read the poem: "Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant." I thought it was a fun poem! Jack Prelutsky definitely knows how to make poems that are enjoyable for children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 3/30/2011

    " Fun, silly poems combined with even more fun, unique collage artwork. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ogreart | 6/24/2010

    " These poems were cute and clever. I am looking forward to reading them to my daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 4/23/2010

    " we just love made up animals. I thought these poems were very clever and fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josie | 4/7/2010

    " Behold the bold Umbrellaphant and all his friends with this amazing book of poems. You can see in your mind.. an elephant with an umbrella for a trunk. This book is full of wonderous life and creatures some have never seen before.Behold the bold Umbrellaphant...and read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micah | 10/2/2009

    " I LOVED this fun, light-hearted book of poems! Each poem is about a creation one would find by combining an animal with an everyday household object. The entire book is full of imagination and creativity through both text and illustration. It's definitely a book children would enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 5/12/2009

    " Funny poems creating whimsical animals that are part thing/part animal; the poems are reminiscent of Shel Silverstein. Our girls loved the word play, the illustrations and the fun, rhyming poems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandee | 4/24/2009

    " This was so creative. I love how he turned animals into objects. I read the one on a linx. He was chain links. So creative! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 4/9/2009

    " Great, silly poems that are all based on new compound words: the Clocktopus, the Pop-Up Toadsters, etc. An entertaining introduction to rhyming poetry. Students could make up their own compound creatures and write poems about them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/9/2009

    " Emma thought this was very funny, the rhymes were very witty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/6/2009

    " Great!
    Family favorites: ballpoint penguins and alarmadillos.
    The illustrations are especially good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 9/11/2008

    " A clever approach to poetry. Very creative and fun to read. It might be difficult for younger students to read all of the words (like umbrellaphant), so the teacher may want to read aloud. "

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About the Author
Author Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky was the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate. He has filled more than fifty books of verse with his inventive wordplay, including the national bestsellers Scranimals and The New Kid on the Block. He lives in Washington State.