READY...SET...READ--AND LAUGH! by Joanna & Stephanie Calmenson--Eds. Cole


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A roundup of ready-to-read humor from familiar sources, from the team behind Ready. . .Set. . .Read! (1990). The story section includes Amelia Bedelia pinning up a lady's hair with safety pins; Morris and Boris doing Abbott and Costello; and James Marshall's switched boxes of pizza and pet mice. There are a few gems in the poetry section, notably the works of Eve Merriam, Arnold Lobel, Dr. Seuss (""When the drops stop dropping/then the storm starts stopping""), Jack Prelutsky (slishy, sloshy spaghetti), and Maurice Sendak (his March wind blows chicken soup with rice). The remaining pieces are pleasant enough, but not outright funny. The final section is a smattering of readily available riddles, rebuses, and the like. Throughout, the strong selections point up the weakness of the majority of the material. Serviceable but uneven.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1995
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Doubleday