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A pizza the size of the sun
Prelutsky, Jack.
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Publication Information:
Old Greenwich, CT : Listening Library, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (55 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
"A playful collection of poems in song and music performed by the author"--Container.

Compact disc.
A pizza the size of the sun (2:36) -- Eyeballs for sale! (1:51) -- I was walking in a circle (1:41) -- Miss Misinformation (1:55) -- My gerbil seemed bedraggled (2:14) -- Gloppe's soup shoppe (2:00) -- I made something strange with my chemistry set (2:48) -- Bugs! Bugs! (2:19) -- I sailed on a half a ship (1:50) -- The improbable emporium (2:17) -- Dan the invisible man (2:38) -- I met a dozen duhduhs (2:14) -- Dixxer's excellent elixer (1:52) -- I do not like the sunshine (2:14) -- I often repeat repeat myself (1:46) -- Frenetica fluntz (1:16) -- It's hard to be an elephant (3:09) -- Rat for lunch! (2:29) -- The fummawummalummazumms (2:27) -- When I am full of silence (2:14) -- We're loudies! (1:50) -- Zeke McPeake (1:02) -- I'm proud of my preposterpus (2:33) -- If (3:27) -- A pizza the size of the sun (Second helping) (2:36).
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Music CD


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XX(1070111.3) Juvenile Compact Disc Branch juvenile audio cd

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A wondrously rich, varied, clever-and always funny- collection. Meet Miss Misinformation, Swami Gourami, and Gladiola Gloppe (and her Soup Shoppe), and delight in a backwards poem, a poem that never ends, and scores of others that will be chanted, read, and loved by children of all ages.

Author Notes

Jack Prelutsky, born on September 8, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, is primarily known as a poet for children but he is also a gifted musician, actor, photographer, sculptor and potter. Prelutsky studied at Hunter College for two years. He proposed to his future wife, Carolynn, on the day they met; she accepted the next day.

While growing up in Brooklyn, Prelutsky studied voice at The High School of Music and Art in New York and first planned to be an opera singer. However, he decided he did not have the drive to sing opera, and he became a folk singer. Later he tried his hand at drawing. For fun, he wrote some short poems and made some drawings, which became his first publication. He has since published numerous books of illustrated poetry and also provided illustrations for books by other writers, including many in translation.

Prelutsky never condescends to his young readers. He deals in verse with many imaginative creatures, but he also writes about people and problems such bullies, school, and fear of the dark. He is aware of the sound of his words and likes to perform his poetry to the accompaniment of the guitar. He visits schools and libraries to perform his work.

Jack Prelutsky is the recipient of numerous awards. In 1977 The Children's Book Council honored him for Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep. His other award-winners are The Mean Old Mean Hyena, The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight, and The New Kid on the Block. In 2006, the Poetry Foundation named Prelutsky the inaugural winner of the Children's Poet Laureate award. His book Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems (illustrated by Carin Berger) won the 2007 Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award of the Washington State Book Awards in the Picture Book category.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. Prelutsky is up to his old tricks, using verbal sleight of hand to create another magical anthology of light verse. Poems such as "Penguins" display an elegance of wit and style: "Penguins cautiously reside / on our planet's underside, / Where they're careful not to cough, / lest they trip and tumble off." Others appeal to a grosser humor ("Eyeballs for sale! / Fresh Eyeballs for sale! / Delicious, nutritious, / not moldy or stale") or to children's delight in wordplay (I hide my dromedary / inside of our garage, / my parents don't suspect it's there / it's wearing camel-flage"). Librarians who have trouble locating concrete poems (in which the words are placed on the page in a shape suggested by the poem's subject) for school assignments will be glad to find a few examples here. The verse finds perfect visual expression in Stevenson's witty ink drawings touched with gray wash. A delightful addition to poetry collections that will not stay on the shelf for long. (Reviewed Sept. 15, 1996)0688132359Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Poetry's bad boys are back again, teaming up to take another swipe at stuffiness. Prelutsky's predilection for playfulness percolates throughout this collection of slyly subversive rhymes, and he couldn't ask for a better partner in crime than Stevenson, whose droll, minimalist sketches so enlivened the duo's previous escapades (The New Kid on the Block; Something BIG Has Been Here). Once again Prelutsky demonstrates a robust appreciation of the absurd‘and an uncanny knack for turning every possible subject on its head. Here his verse ranges from the short and sweet ("My mother makes me chicken,/ her chicken makes me cough./ I wish that when she made it,/ she took the feathers off") to poems of Jabberwockian silliness (the entry that begins " `I'm ceiling fad!' a money boned./ `Alas!' a carrot pride" is just one example). The pages are peppered with kinetic black-and-white drawings; like Thurber, Stevenson wrings a wealth of humor and emotion out of a few dashes of ink. If a laugh is what's needed, just hand over the keys and let these two drive. Ages 5-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 6-Meet Miss Misinformation, Swami Gourami, and Gladiola Gloppe (and her Soup Shoppe), and delight in a backwards poem, a poem that never ends, and scores of others. By Jack Prelutsky. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.