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Douglas Florian is the author-illustrator of many books of poetry for middle and younger readers, including Boing-Boing, Insectlopedia, and Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles. He lives in New York City.

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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 Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"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.)

"The poems in this book/ Are meant to be humorous.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."--Publishers Weekly

"Kids will find plenty to chuckle over in Douglas Florian's punchline-rich Laugh-eteria, his seventh poetry offering after walloping successes like Bing Bang Boing and Insectlopedia. Florian fans will enjoy the punster's groan-worthy wordplay, and kids will no doubt relish the rampant silliness that's strangely akin to their own."--Amazon.com

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