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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Poetry


2010 Award
Guyku, A Year of Haiku for Boys
(by Bob Raczka/ illus by Peter H. Reynolds, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

Dedicated to little guys, this book of seasons is made up of amusing haiku about baseball and puddles and teasing little sisters. It's all in good spirit and the lively illustrations add to the fun.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on

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2010 Award
Someone Used My Toothbrush and other Bathroom poems
(by Carol Diggory Shields/ illus. Paul Meisel, Dutton $16.99 Score:)

Bathroom humor does not generally make our list, but these are pretty witty ditties about all sorts of bathroom-centric issues. We think both kids and parents will see the humor and wisdom in them and enjoy the busy illustrations. This is funny without going down to the sewer for a joke. "I'm glad I'm not a crocodile, 'cause brushing my teeth would take a while--"  Unlike the usual gross-out humor directed to kids of this age and despite the unfortunate and crude sounding title, this has more of an Ogden Nash ring to it. Fun! 5-8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on

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(by Jack Prelutsky/illus. by Peter Sis, Greenwillow $16.95 Score:) More pleasing than a tossed salad or a zoo that's full, a hybrid collection of scrambled animal/plants. Zany, zippy rhymes about such never-before seen creatures as the beautiful rhinocerose, poor avacadodos or the detested radishark! Sis's illustrations lend just the right dollop of humor to Prelutsky's silly rhymes. 4-9.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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