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SOMETHING BIG HAS BEEN HERE by Jack Prelutsky

SOMETHING BIG HAS BEEN HERE

by Jack Prelutsky illustrated by James Stevenson

Age Range: 5 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 1990
ISBN: 0-688-06434-5
Publisher: Greenwillow

            A wealth of funny new verse from a favorite poet.  Prelutsky’s comic muse is at its best here – whether describing a homemade robot gone berserk (“…it ate the dust pan/and attacked us with the broom, /it pulled apart our pillows, /it disheveled both our beds…”) or a whimsical trip to yesterday (“I’m moving very fast/as I’m putting off the future/for the rather recent past…”), he uses unexpected, vivid words in infectiously rhythmic cadences.  Amusing details abound – in a long list of the many fish a boy is not catching, or in a tall-tale adventure “that’s the reason why my homework/isn’t here with me today.”  Many of the entries end with a nifty surprise or a deft comical twist.  Stevenson, who also illustrated Prelutsky’s The New Kid on the Block (1984), contributes quietly hilarious b&w art.  Another winner from this talented pair.              (Poetry.  5+)