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Something Big Has Been Here
 
 
Author
Jack Prelutsky. James Stevenson, illus.
Publisher Greenwillow  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780688064341
Pages/Publication Date 160/1990
Daedalus Item Code 40728
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In this treasury from inaugural Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky and illustrator James Stevenson—the same team who produced The New Kid on the Block, A Pizza the Size of the Sun, and My Dog May Be a Genius—readers 4 and up will meet four vain and ancient tortoises, a rat of culture, Super Samson Simpson, a meat loaf that defies an ax, and five flying hotdogs.

"Prelutsky has done it again.... 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."—School Library Journal

 
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