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Laugh-eteria : poems and drawings
Florian, Douglas.
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace, [1999]

Physical Description:
157 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
A collection of more than 100 humorous poems on such topics as ogres, pizza, fear, school, dragons, trees, and hair.
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.1 4 Quiz: 24099 Guided reading level: O.

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PS3556.L589 L38 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3556.L589 L38 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
PS3556.L589 L38 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3556.L589 L38 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3556.L589 L38 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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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.

Author Notes

Douglas Florian, writer and illustrator of children's books, was born March 18, 1950 in New York City. He was educated at Queens College of the City University of New York, receiving a B.A. in 1973. He also attended the School of Visual Arts in 1976.

His early work was as a political illustrator and cartoonist; he did many drawings for The New York Times and for the New Yorker magazine. More recently, his self-illustrated books include A Fisher, Beast Feast, and Bing Bang Boing. His illustrations have appeared in Freeing the Natural Voice (with Kristin Linklater), Dorothy O. Van Woerkom's Tit for Tat, and Thomas M. Cook and Robert A. Russell's Introduction to Management Science. Additionally, he has contributed more than 300 drawings to magazines and newspapers, including Travel and Leisure, Across the Board, and The Nation.

Florian has received numerous awards including the Reading Magic Award from Parenting magazine in 1994 for Bing, Bang, Boing. He was the Books of Distinction finalist in the Hungry Mind Review for Bing Bang Boing. Beast Feast received the Gold Medal from the National Parenting Publications awards in 1994, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Poetry in 1995, and Dinothesaurus was a Junior Library Guild Selection in 2010.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. Similar in format and tone to the author's Bing Bang Boing, this collection of humorous verse includes 150 poems. Many feature eating or monsters or, in the case of "Monster Meatballs," both: "Monster meatballs / so scary to chew. / First you bite THEM. / Then they bite YOU." Often clever, occasionally gross, the short rhymes appeal to an elementary-school child's sense of humor, though the consistently jocular tone makes the book more enjoyable to dip into than to read straight through. Illustrating the text with broad, fluid strokes, the pen-and-ink drawings reflect the humor of the verse. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0152020845Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

"The poems in this book/ Are meant to be humorous./ If they are not,/ Please laugh just to humor us." Kids won't have to force their laughter while reading Florian's (Insectlopedia) pithy verses. They poke fun at the everyday ("Our school lunch is from outer space,/ Endangering the human race") and the imaginary ("Hello, my name is Dracula./ My clothing is all blackula./... /At dawn I hit the sackula./ Tomorrow I'll be backula!"). Florian repeatedly shows that he knows what makes kids giggle. Some entries are mildly risqu‚, as in "Brush Rush" ("Brush your teeth./ Brush your hair./ Brush your brother's underwear./ Your teeth are green./ Your hair is blue./ Your brother's underwearÄP.U.!"). Others favor clever, euphonious wordplay, as in "Batty": "The pitcher pitched a pitcher./ The batter batted a bat./ The shortstop stopped up short to see/ The catcher catch a cat." The line drawings, however, aren't as pleasing as Florian's paintings elsewhere. Rendered with a brush, they have a rough, doodle-like quality, and only rarely expand on the imagery so punchily served up in the text. Ages 6-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-6This clever collection of light verse, illustrated with childlike brush-and-ink drawings, is sure to draw fans of Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and other purveyors of nonsense. Favorite topics of humorous poetrymonsters, dinosaurs, disgusting foods and overeating, animals, school, and strange peopleall inhabit this volume. Most of the brief poems contain a wry twist, a terrible pun, an interesting bit of wordplay, or a small allusion that enriches their meanings. Beginning with Test Poem, Florian sprinkles the collection with selections about reading and writing poetry, including one titled Bad Poem that offers suggestions about what should happen to verse of this sort. As in On the Wing (1996) and Insectlopedia (1998, both Harcourt), a number of the selections contain lists of characteristics that may provide young writers with ideas for their own descriptive poems. While there is an occasional contrived rhyme or missed beat, most of these pieces provoke laughter while playfully manipulating language to capture the comical essence of things and events in a childs world.Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.