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Giant children
Bagert, Brod.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2002]

Physical Description:
27 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 77888.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.2 4 Quiz: 34909 Guided reading level: NA.
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Central Library PS3552.A335 G5 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
Clarence Library PS3552.A335 G5 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clearfield Library PS3552.A335 G5 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Picture Books
Hamburg Library PS3552.A335 G5 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library PS3552.A335 G5 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library PS3552.A335 G5 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Niagara Branch Library PS3552.A335 G5 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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There's a turtle named Jaws, a dinosaur canary, an alien playing Spaceball, and a no-show tooth fairy. A buffalo's in the library chomping on the books, and a princess has karate skills that rival her good looks. These characters and many more are found in this rambunctious and irresistible collection of poems that look at our world through a child's wide eyes. Brod Bagert, a favorite in classrooms throughout the country, and Tedd Arnold, creator of the beloved Parts and More Parts, are friends who have happily teamed up-with hilarious, inspired results.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 3. This entertaining collection of poems will have children chuckling with recognition and surprise. The poems run the gamut, from serious, inspiring, and realistic to funny, and even disgusting (one comes with a label warning kids NOT to recite it to grown-ups). Arnold's hilarious colored pencil-and-watercolor wash illustrations add to the humor: the lines, "I'm a sweet little brother and I always share, now I have a ribbon for my sister's hair," are accompanied by a picture of a little boy teasing his sister with a snake. Sibling rivalry, stage fright, dreams, boogers, monster trucks, pets, the Tooth Fairy, and chocolate candy are only a few of the familiar childhood interests covered in a collection filled with outrageous, silly poems that also contain nuggets of truth. --Diane Foote

Publisher's Weekly Review

This deliciously over-the-top poetry collection explores the nerve-wracking world of school-age children. The narrator of the opening titular poem is the classroom hamster: "Pages turn at giant speed/ As giant children learn to read." Bagert's (Chicken Socks: And Other Contagious Poems) uncomplicated style of verse addresses such diverse topics as sibling feuds and wild imaginations, monster trucks and the Tooth Fairy, as it humorously handles the more anxious side of growing up, including the mixed blessing of landing the lead in the school play. Arnold's signature style seems particularly well suited to the stage-frightened fellow waiting in the wings ("So here I am on stage,/ And the play's about to start./ My life was so much simpler/ Before I got this part"). The squiggling lines seem to indicate the actor's nerves gone haywire. Bagert delivers the requisite gross-out with "Booger Love" (complete with warning label that the poem "not, under any circumstances, be recited to a grown-up!"). The characters' pop-eyes sitting atop oversize heads help express the ever-changing emotions of childhood. Arnold selects just the right moment in each poem to dramatize and his exaggerated portraits help readers focus on the hyperbole of the poetry. A funny peek at the pleasures and (growing) pains of childhood. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Colored-pencil art with watercolor washes provides simple yet hilarious interpretation of Bagert's mixed bag of poems. Bookended by selections narrated by a class hamster (thus the title verse), the poet explores home and school life, from a teacher in a hula skirt and baby brother's diapers to imagination and dreams. Of the 23 offerings, few miss the mark as entertainment or food for thought. Be aware that "Booger Love" explores every possible nasty application. Kids will automatically memorize these offerings and soon believe a line from "The Buffalo in the Library," "-poetry is the food I need/To feed my hungry head."-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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