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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,788 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Prelutsky Narrator: Jack Prelutsky Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9780061448973
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I'd rather take baths
with a man-eating shark,
or wrestle a lion
alone in the dark,
eat spinach and liver,
pet ten porcupines,
than tackle the homework
my teacher assigns.

Jellyfish stew,
I'm loony for you,
I dearly adore you,
oh, truly I do,
you're creepy to see,
revolting to chew,
you slide down inside
with a hullabaloo.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Quirky, surprising, and always delightful, Prelutsky’s poems make us wish we’d grown up with his books in hand.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A fine prescription against the blues at anytime of year.”

    Horn Book

  • An ALA Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/16/2014

    " "Bleezer's Ice Cream" is our favorite. We enjoy reading these silly poems. Poems must be previewed before reading to a young child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 2/4/2014

    " I haven't read this book since I was a kid, but I remember loving it. I enjoy Prelutsky's poetry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia Lanter | 2/4/2014

    " A wonderful and funny introduction to poetry for children. Great for poetry shares and read-a-louds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NancyJo Lambert | 1/18/2014

    " I am doing an author study slash poetry cafe and station exploration with the kids at my school for National Poetry month. This is one of the books I am using for this activity. I enjoy Jack Prelutsky's poems because they are easy to read and understand and also fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bern | 1/16/2014

    " I still remember half the peoms by heart! read it to your kids "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaylan Penn | 1/2/2014

    " The poetry worked wonders when I was a child and now, reading this book so many years later, it puts a huge grin on my face! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikailah Shackleford | 12/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and i think it would appeal to a wide range of anges for students in elementary school. This book has black and white illustrations and is very humorous. This book contains numerous poems and each poem is about random topics such as jellyfish stew, or a boneless chicken. It would be great to read to a class of children to get them in a good mood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 12/9/2013

    " One of my favorite books from my childhood. You can read many of the silly poems each night and never run out of laughs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/2/2013

    " Funny and silly, well-rhymed poems with great drawings by James Stevenson. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dacie | 12/1/2013

    " I have used this book a lot in the classroom as a substitute teacher. It is full of silly, funny, and catchy poems that the kids love. It's great when you have a few minutes left before recess or before the bell rings to go home. Very entertaining! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran | 10/25/2013

    " Contains my familiy's favorite poem - the one my children chose to memorize in Kindergarden; the poem I saw posted on my daughters college dorm wall yesterday: Homework, Oh Homework, I hate you you stink. I'd like to wash you away in the sink... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 10/23/2013

    " poem: Louder than a Clap of Thunder "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andilyn | 10/6/2013

    " Just as good (possibly better than) Shel Silverstein, but slightly less popular. Fabulous book for all ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caren | 8/15/2013

    " Love him and everything Prelutsky does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/18/2012

    " The New Kid on the Block was my all-time favourite book of poetry to read to students in my classes. I usually chose to read a poem at the end of the day. It was almost a guarantee that they would go out the door laughing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sierra Rush | 3/8/2012

    " It is a lot like Falling up, a whole bunch of silly and funny poems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/29/2011

    " I loved this book when I was a kid!!!! I still have it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbey Smith | 7/4/2011

    " Reading poetry is always fun whether I am reading it on my own or out loud with my students. This particular poem book is quite entertaining and always a huge hit with my students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsey | 11/13/2010

    " I was not a fan of poetry as a child, but I LOVED this collection! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie Lam | 10/22/2010

    " This is a great book for children to start their poetry unit with. These short poems are helpful with the language and comprehension of what words mean. These short poems range from a variety of animals to real life perspectives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Belle | 7/3/2010

    " I have read this many times over the years. It is very much like "Where the Sidewalk Ends" only I thing it is funnier. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nick Cherry | 2/19/2009

    " This book is very neat. I would be a great hook to use in the classroom to get students interested in poetry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nayeli | 5/29/2007

    " I love this book because it has alot of poems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Micherac0 | 5/25/2007

    " A book of funny poems, I rated three stars because some were too short, and some were too long, i did not know all of the words, and I think some of them were not funny and made no sense. "

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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.