Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Prelutsky, Jack - Poems for Children

Prelutsky, Jack - Poems for Children

"Something Big Has Been Here" - 1990
"A Pizza the Size of the Sun" - 1996
"It's Raining Pigs and Noodles" - 2000

(just a selection of his books)

Jack Prelutsky writes poems that make up a picture, he writes poems that are jokes, he writes poems that are very observant and he writes poems that are just nonsense. But what all of his poems have in common, they are really really funny and kids love them. A great way for them to learn how to deal and play with language.

They deal with everyday situations, families, friends, and schools and animals, but also with mysterious scenes, dinosaurs, invisible people and wizards, anything children see in real life and in their imagination.

Lovely books, nicely illustrated by James Stevenson who gives many of the poems that extra touch. My boys really loved these poems.

Here is just a little taster to see how funny they are:

"I am digging a hole in the ceiling
In order to gaze at the sky,
I began at the end of September,
I intend to be done by July...."

"An unobservant porcupine
Backed up into his brother.
Since then they've been inseparable -
They're stuck on one another."

"Butterflies, you puzzle me,
For as you flit and flutter,
I study you, but never see
The slightest bit of butter."

 James Prelutsky has written a lot more poetry books and worked with a series of highly acclaimed artists, I am sure they are all just as great as the three I have mentioned.

From the back cover:

"Jack Prelutsky is widely acknowledged as the poet laureate of the younger generation. (And many people would happily see him crowned with no age qualification.) The New Kid on the Block and Something Big Has Been Here are household words wherever there are kids."


  1. When I was teaching I read all of his books to my class, loved them and so did my students.

  2. I didn't know you have been a teacher. Your students have been very privileged to have a book lover like you.
    I used to help out in school and organize the book fairs with a friend, the books always went very well.