Friday, February 27, 2015

Winter Reading 2015 Something Sure Smells Around Here: Limericks


I love the illustrations on the dedication page; they show portraits of the author and illustrator with clothespins on their noses. It is a very humorous way to start the book. The table of contents is followed by two pages explaining the form of a limerick - where the rhymes come and how many syllables are generally in each of the five lines of the poem. Many of the limericks also play on words that sound alike, but have different meanings. One example is the poem about the teacher whose students are bright. In the illustration, the teacher is wearing sunglasses and her students are various types of light bulbs. Another would be the pirate is out dancing and shaking his booty, while holding a treasure chest (both kinds of booty shaken at the same time). There are also suggested books and websites for further reading. This installment in his "Poetry Adventures" series is illustrated by Andy Rowland. His humorous way of emphasizing the wordplay within the limericks adds another layer of hilarity to the reading experience.

This is the perfect book to introduce students to poetry - especially if those students have already decided that poetry is boring. They will probably be inspired to write their own limericks after reading these entertaining rhymes.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

The author has games and activities on his website.

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