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MY DOG MAY BE A GENIUS

Author: Jack Prelutsky

Illustrator: James Stevenson

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Material: hard cover

Summary: Poetry comes in all shapes and sizes. There are funny words, made up words, picture words, and silly stories that focus on anything and everything kids love to talk and think about. This is an illustrated collection of poems by Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book, remedial reader, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Reading Level: 3.2

Age of Child: Shared with a nearly 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loves to laugh and she loved the poems. This is a thick book, but she'd thumb through the pages asking to read this one or that one. There were also enough poems with basic vocabulary that we could partner read.

Adult Reader Reaction: We weren't sure how well this would go over, but our daughter loved it. The poems are light, incredibly creative, and engaging. It's nice to have a book where you can flip through the pages and read whichever one strikes your fancy. That helps put some spontaneity into reading time.

Pros: Whether you read just one poem or many, you will find something fun, silly, and enjoyable to read in this collection.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a book for reading at anytime. It's nice to have a book on hand that celebrates spontaneous reading and where you can start on page 52 if you want!

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHAT A DAY IT WAS AT SCHOOL!   WORDSWORTH THE POET   ONE RED DOT

Educational Themes: This is an outstanding book for introducing poetry to kids. You don't have to be an English major to recognize that there are various forms of poetry, from rhyming to prose and word stories to poetic pictures.

Literary Categories: Fiction - poetry

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2008

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