This illustrated collection of five dozen short verses--on family, pets, school, disasters, advice--reveals a ham-fisted...

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This illustrated collection of five dozen short verses--on family, pets, school, disasters, advice--reveals a ham-fisted approach to rhyming, with odes to belching, the fried monkey meat, flatulence, barfing, and dogs peeing in the garden. Sophomoric humor has its place; the problem here is that the verse doesn't scan, and is utterly forgettable, e.g., ""My baby sister's/really swell./I love her smile,/but not her smell,"" or, worse, wooden: ""The winner for attendance/is Mary Anne McKay./She came to school on every day/of Christmas holiday."" In the introduction, Lansky writes, ""In schools, I recite my own poems, as well as those of Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky . . . If you expose children to the most entertaining children's poems ever written, they just might like poetry."" Exactly how he fits into the picture isn't quite clear.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1996

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 84

Publisher: Meadowbrook--dist. by Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996