Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems

Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems

Book - 2012
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Presents a collection of humorous animal poems told through couplet verses and accompanied by illustrations featuring shadow boxes, dioramas, and cut-paper collages.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062014658
006201465X
9780062014641
0062014641
Branch Call Number: 811.54 PRE J
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 30 cm.
Additional Contributors: Berger, Carin - Illustrator

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BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Meet the Jollyfish, who are always happy, and the Panteaters, who have a hankering for tasty trousers. Unusual miniature dioramas of mishmashed creatures draw readers into a hilarious world of words and ideas

ChristchurchLib Apr 21, 2014

"In this beguiling collection from popular poet Jack Prelutsky, animals are combined with objects or attitudes to create outrageous new species, such as the shining Stardines, untidy Slobsters, splashy Fountain Lions, and wordy Bardvarks (who "think they're poets, and persist in writing rhyme.")." Kids' Books April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/e46cb15a-8a5d-465f-8496-f1c49da127f1?postId=60b10445-518e-4eac-9e1b-fd8c286e2aca

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 02, 2013

Jack Prelutsky is a staple. Folks my age still associate him with The New Kid On the Block. Kids these days have a lot more Prelutskyian choices to pick from. Berger, in contrast, is new and fresh and bright and shiny. Combine the old school rhymes and chimes of a Prelutsky with the crackling energy and visual wit of Berger and you’ve got yourself a heckuva team. Stardines may tread familiar ground once trod before, but its method of presentation is anything but overdone. Hand this one to the kid who moans to you that they “have” to read a book of poetry for school. Who knows? It may hook ‘em before they realize what’s what. One of a kind.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 02, 2013

“The SOBCAT is sad / As a feline can be / And spends its time crying / Continuously. / It has no real reason / To be so morose. / It’s simply its nature / To act lachrymose.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 02, 2013

“BARDVARKS think they’re poets / And persist in writing rhyme. / Their words are uninspired / And a total waste of time . . . Undeterred, they keep on writing / And reciting every day. / That’s why BARDVARKS are a problem – / You can’t make them go away.”

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 02, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 02, 2013

Forget everything you ever knew about animals. Not since On Beyond Zebra has the world seen a menagerie quite as wild as the one on display here. Step right up, folks, and take a gander at the rare and remarkable Fountain Lion. “The only lions no one dreads, / They all have fountains on their heads.” Delicious crustaceans more your speed? Then come and observe the rare Slobsters. “Their sense of decorum / Is woefully small. / Slobsters don’t have / Many manners at all.” Or for the kiddies, how about an adorable Planda? “They plan to learn to roller-skate, / To juggle, and to fence. / They plan to go to clown school / And cavort in circus tents.” With his customary clever verse, Jack Prelutsky invents sixteen imaginary animals of varying degrees of odd. Accompanying his rhymes is his old partner-in-crime Carin Berger, who has moved beyond mere collage and has gone so far to construct elaborate shadow boxes of each and every poem. The end result is impressive, hilarious, and one of the most original little poetry collections you’ll see in many a year.

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