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GHASTLIES, GOOPS AND PINCUSHIONS by X. J. Kennedy Kirkus Star

GHASTLIES, GOOPS AND PINCUSHIONS

By X. J. Kennedy

ISBN: 689-50477-2
Publisher: McElderry

More genuinely comic verse from the poet and author of Brats (1986). Most of these 62 poems here are new, although some are reprinted from periodicals and other collections. They derive their humor from new views of familiar subjects (16 lines of admonitions begin, "Never stand under an anvil," and conclude: "Stay indoors when your nights have full moons,/And you might have a chance at surviving/In the world of old movie cartoons!"); from the childlike humor of the hilariously disgusting ("Skunk Cabbage Slaw"); and from marvelous wordplay, puns, twists of meanings, and juggling with sounds. There's a delicious entry for St. Pat's Day, with the wee folk of Tipperary setting up their own air service near Shannon. For Shel Silverstein's fans, the deft versifying and wicked humor here should prove equally appealing.