Something Big Has Been Here
Something Big Has Been Here

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Annotation: An illustrated collection of humorous poems on a variety of topics.
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #277000
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Wm. Morrow
Copyright Date: 1990
Edition Date: 1990
Illustrator: Stevenson, James,
Pages: 160 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-185775-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-37522-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-185775-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-37522-2
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 89034773
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
For those complaining of boredom, a brief plunge into Prelutsky's newest collection of verse should provide at least a temporary cure. The author's joyous sense of the absurd and the rich resources of his zany imagination propel the reader from page to page, and Stevenson's small cartoons extend the mad humor of the poems. Index.
Publishers Weekly
If this anthology of light verse and black-and-white drawings from Prelutsky and Stevenson were a movie, it would be titled The New Kid on the Block Part II. In format, subject matter and tone, fans of the earlier volumes will rejoice in finding more of the same. These are not poems to savor for their metaphoric language or depth of thought, but are instead frivolous, rib-tickling verses about the ``Ghost Who's Lost His Boo,'' about ``Rhododendra Rosenbloom'' who buys perfume from a ``ten scent store,'' or about the ``Fearless Flying Hotdogs'' who are ``mustered in formation / to climb, to dip, to dive.'' Prelutsky's comic monologues focus on such topics as ``I am Tired of Being Little'' or ``I'm Sorry! for being a brat,'' or the irresistible declaration of love, ``Warteena Weere Just Bit My Ear.'' From Twickles and Moodles to the making of Grasshopper Gumbo, the emphasis is on the preposterous. Stevenson's waggish drawings provide half the fun in this comic collection that skips lightly on the mind and tongue. Ages 5-up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal Starred Review
From the intriguing title poem to the final verse, ``We're Fearless Flying Hotdogs,'' Prelutsky has done it again with childwise sparkling wit. Zaniness is in abundant supply with verses about a turkey that shot out of the oven (it was stuffed with unpopped popcorn); Denson Dumm, who planted lightbulbs in his hair (and thereafter was always bright); and the child who wants a pet porcupine. But also present in delightful numbers are serious subjects of importance to children, wrapped in silliness: ``I Am Tired of Being Little,'' ``Don't Yell at Me!,'' and ``I Should Have Stayed in Bed Today.'' Prelutsky's language is neither simple nor sappy, but rich with challenging words such as ``disputatious'' and ``alacrity,'' whose meanings are clear in context. The poems are short and snappy (many are only one or two stanzas), and Stevenson's accompanying uncomplicated and comical drawings give the book an uncluttered appeal. A winner for individual or group reading. --Lee Bock Pulaski, Brown County Pub . Libraries, Green Bay, WI
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: K-3
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q10674
Lexile: NP

A poetry collection to tickle your funny bone, Something Big Has Been Here features more than 100 original poems and black-and-white drawings from the best-selling team of Jack Prelutsky and James Stevenson. Here are four ferocious tigers, a meat loaf that defies an ax, five flying hot dogs-and many, many more people, animals, and things that are destined to become a part of the lives of everyone who loves to laugh.

Ages: 5 - 10

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