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Title:
Exploding gravy : poems to make you laugh
Author:
Kennedy, X. J.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
x, 117 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
The best funny poems of X.J. Kennedy all combined in a collection that pleases the ear and delights the mind.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.2 4 Quiz: 35514 Guided reading level: NR.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780316384230
Format :
Book

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Summary

Do you like to laugh? To smile? Do you like poetry? If you like one, two or all of the above, this is the book for you. Inside these covers you'll find the best funny poems of X. J. Kennedy, a poet who knows what tickles us, all combined in a collection that pleases the car and delights the mind. In Exploding Gravy you will meet an absolutely terrible baby-sitter, and a vain witch, be told who to pet and who not to, be introduced to several dinosaurs and told some mixed up tales and yes, find out all about that exploding gravy -- and that's just for starters.


Author Notes

Widely anthologized, Kennedy's poetry may not be as influential among contemporary poets as others' because of his preference for, in his words, "old-fangled structures most poets have junked these days." As Kennedy's comments on his verse suggest, his poetry is witty, concise, and unpretentious. His subject matter is drawn from the everyday including his Catholic background and middle-class suburban life. Yet his concerns can be profound including death, violence, suicide, and Genesis.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

X.J. Kennedy offers a plethora of poetry and tickles the funny bone in Exploding Gravy: Poems to Make You Laugh, illus. by Joy Allen. Some of the poems have been published in previous anthologies, but the poet's fans will welcome this extensive round-up of his work. With themes like "Far-Out Families," "Giants and Dinosaurs" and "Peculiar Characters," Kennedy has kids covered. Allen's playful drawings strike just the right note. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-This collection is just a bit much-too many subjects, too many drawings, and too wide a focus-to be entirely successful. "Far-out" families, monsters, food, and animals are a few of the subjects covered. Some of the poems are clever ("Whenever I Eat ravioli I fork it fast And chew it sloli"), while others are a bit disturbing (Granddad "gropes the floor for his loose glass eye And plugs it in its socket, Straps on his wooden leg again And twists a key to lock it"). Halftones and or line drawings appear on every page, occasionally sweeping across the spread. Some sections work better than others. Overall, an additional purchase where the demand for humor is high.-Anna DeWind Walls, Milwaukee Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

1 Far-Out Families
Mother's Nervesp. 2
Backyard Volcanop. 3
Father and Motherp. 4
Guinevere Ghastly Sits Babyp. 5
Alarmp. 6
Great-Great Grandma, Don't Sleep in Your Treehouse Tonightp. 7
Help!p. 8
A Social Mixerp. 9
Making Light of Auntiep. 10
The Vacuum Cleaner's Swallowed Willp. 11
Long-Distance Callp. 11
In the Motelp. 12
The Cat Who Aspired to Higher Thingsp. 14
Granddad's Risingp. 16
Mother, a Dog Is at the Doorp. 18
A Day of Playp. 20
2 Witches, Ghosts, Dragons, and Monsters
Wicked Witch's Kitchenp. 22
Wicked Witch Admires Herselfp. 23
A Bright Spiritp. 23
Whose Boo Is Whose?p. 24
The Skeleton Walksp. 26
My Dragonp. 27
Sir Percival and the Dragonp. 28
The Abominable Baseball Batp. 30
The Phantom Ice Cream Manp. 32
3 Eats
Snowflake Soufflep. 36
Exploding Gravyp. 37
My Birthday Cake Is Acting Strangep. 38
Skunk Cabbage Slawp. 39
Italian Noodlesp. 40
Unusual Shoelacesp. 41
A Choosy Wolfp. 42
Kangaroo and Kiwip. 43
Cocoa Skin Coatp. 44
4 Giants and Dinosaurs
Hickenthrift and Hickenloopp. 46
The Up-to-Date Giantp. 48
Living on a Giantp. 50
Woolly Mammothp. 51
The Trouble with a Dinosaurp. 52
Tyrannosaurus Rexp. 53
Dinosaur Dinp. 54
Diplodocus Holidayp. 56
Longest Lizardp. 58
5 Birds, Bees, and Beasts
Vulturep. 60
Who to Pet and Who Not Top. 61
The Whales Off Walesp. 62
Cowsp. 63
Sea Horse and Sawhorsep. 64
Beep. 65
Crocodilep. 66
Lionp. 67
Electric Eelp. 68
Invisible Catp. 69
Snailp. 70
Yellowthroatp. 71
Octopusp. 72
Skunk and Skinkp. 73
Giraffes' Laughs Lastp. 74
6 Peculiar Characters
Mechanical Menageriep. 76
Stan Staplerp. 78
A Fashion Platep. 78
Swept off His Pinsp. 79
Hooked on Booksp. 80
A Nervous Sea Captain from Cheesequakep. 81
Robert Robotp. 82
Stevie the Internet Addictp. 83
Uncle Switchp. 84
What We Might Be, What We Arep. 86
7 Ever Hear Tell Of...?
Medusap. 88
King Tutp. 90
A Visit to the Gingerbread Housep. 91
Mingled Yarnsp. 92
Jerboap. 94
Whistler's Fatherp. 95
Rocp. 96
8 Unlikely Doings
Two Doorbellsp. 98
The Nineteenth-Moon-of-Neptune Beastsp. 100
Mixed-up Schoolp. 102
Basketball Braggingp. 104
A Mammoth Roller-Coasterp. 105
Should All of This Come Truep. 106
Fairy Airlinep. 108
Instant Stormp. 110
How to Treat Shoesp. 112
Sheepshapep. 113
One Winter Night in Augustp. 114
Index of Titlesp. 116

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