Thursday, April 16, 2009

Laugh-eteria Ages 6-12

Thirty-eight Page Preview

By Douglas Florian
Illustrated by Douglas Florian
Edition: illustrated
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999
ISBN 0152020845, 9780152020842
160 pages Ages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Karate Kids
One was a black belt. One was a brown. One had a loose belt; His pants fell down.
Silly, irreverent, and always clever, these poems showcase Douglas Florian’s talent for turning plain old language into outrageously entertaining verse. Page after page of witty wordplay and droll black-and-white drawings are guaranteed to knock the socks off devoted poetry fans and newcomers alike.
Florian's seventh collection of verse is ...
... also his most uneven; though the flair for clever rhyme that consistently lights up his other books, beginning with Monster Motel (1993), occasionally shows itself--""Hello, my name is Dracula/My clothing is all blackula./I drive a Cadillacula./I am a maniacula""--too many of the entries are routine limericks, putdowns, character portraits, rhymed lists that fall flat on the ear, or quick quips: ""It's hard to be anonymous/When you're a hippopotamus."" Florian's language and simple, thick-lined cartoons illustrations are equally ingenuous, and he sticks to tried-and-true subjects, from dinosaurs to school lunch, but the well of inspiration seems dry; revisit his hilarious Bing Bang Boing (1994) instead.
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