Dirty Dog Boogie Hardcover – Feb 1 2002
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5-Although there are a few shaky instances of meter and rhyme in these poems, Lesynski fills them with a humor that will appeal to her audience and a rhythm that becomes musical when read aloud. Some of the selections are arranged in a quirky fashion that fits what they are trying to say. "Laaaaaaaziness" drifts diagonally down the page, while the untitled first poem dances up and down in angled lines across a double-page spread as it sings, "A boogie is a dance/and a boogie is a jive/and a boogie's just another way of saying I'M aLive." Lesynski also plays with fonts, spelling, and typefaces, with some words in bold while others are in light gray. She even has one poem entitled "I Hate Poetry!" for all of those students with assignments they loathe. Although her creative spelling-especially her excessive use of repeated letters to draw out words-can get tiresome, on the whole it works fairly well. The simple cartoon illustrations, done in blue ink, reflect the flavor of the poems. A collection that will appeal to fans of Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein and could be used to introduce the music and fun of poetry to some reluctant patrons.
Amy Lilien, Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“… rhythm that becomes musical when read aloud. A collection that will appeal to fans of Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein.”—School Library Journal
“… an exuberant collection of child-centered rhymes that dance in your head and bounce off your tongue, that beg to be read, chanted, or sung aloud ... This book would be terrific in a classroom, allowing teachers to have fun liberating the poet in every child. Highly recommended for both school and home use.” —Canadian Book Review Annual
“A nifty book of poetry ... will have everyone toe-tapping, finger-snapping and grin-grinning.”—St. Catharines Standard
“This is a ‘clap-your-hands and stamp-your-feet’ kind of book and is aimed at producing lots of giggles.” —Canadian Children’s Literature
“When it comes to rhyming stuff, Lesynski is a major goddess. The only thing more joyous than her rhymes are her charming and well drawn illustrations.” —January Magazine