PIZZA, PIGS, AND POETRY by Jack Prelutsky

PIZZA, PIGS, AND POETRY

How to Write a Poem
Age Range: 8 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

For readers fond of Prelutsky’s style, this volume offers both pointers on how to write similarly silly verse and just what inspired him to do so in the first place. Though some children may find his reminiscences mysterious—after all, his childhood was quite a while back and kids today might not understand just how playing catch with a meatball could ever seem like fun—the connections between his memories and poems are clearly drawn. Prelutsky begins each section with a brief story, then presents a poem or two inspired by the memory or experience; a writing tip that relates to the poem(s) follows. The tips are fairly unremarkable (for example, write about your own experiences or always carry a notebook) and occasionally repetitious. Small black-and-white illustrations and borders decorate some of the pages. While Prelutsky’s poetry is generally playful and appealing, the decision to deconstruct it reveals a certain sameness to the works included here that may make emulating his style easier but may also detract from the reader’s appreciation of same. (Nonfiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-143449-5
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2008




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