Veteran children's book writer Prelutsky and esteemed artist Carin Berger have teamed up to create a wondrously engaging book of fanciful silliness. As part of the HarperCollins Poetry Month features, this collection presents 16 poems about animals--but such as you've never seen before.
There are, as the title suggests, stardines, bardvarks, magpipes, fountain lions and slobsters. Here is one titled "Jollyfish":
JOLLYFISH are radiant,
The poems are sweet, imaginative and humorous, and the language is a certain challenge for the 4 to 8-year-old reader. The artwork, made up of dioramas, shadow boxes and three-demensional collages, beautifully complement the text.
Ebullient blobs of mirth,
With merry dispositions
From the moment of their birth.
Though they know their every motion
Is dependent on the tides,
They laugh with such abandon
That they almost split their sides.
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Their humor is infectious,
And as aimlessly they drift,
Their buoyant effervescence
Gives the neighborhood a lift.
JOLLYFISH possess the gift
Of fundamental glee-
There's no creature half as happy
At the bottom of the sea.