Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Poetry Review - Tighty Whitey Spider by Kenn Nesbitt

The Tighty Whitey Spider 
Kenn Nesbitt
97 pg ARC
4 copies

My Thoughts
What a fun book.  Kenn Nesbitt combines animals and craziness into some wacky poems.  Some of the poems are set to the rhythm of familiar tunes: Such as Tighty Whitey Spider (Itsy Bitsy Spider), Ferret Soccer (Frere Jacques),

Get Me Out of the Fish Tank (Take Me Out of the Ballgame)
Get me out of this fish tank,
Get me out of this bowl.
I was just trying to catch the fish.
They looked tempting and awfully delish
but I slipped and fell in the fish tank
and now my future looks grim.
I just went to see and found out something:
Cats don't swim.

Won't you give me a hand here?
All I need is a lift.
Help and I promise I won't come back.
I'll go elsewhere when I need a snack,
for I've learned a valuable lesson;
I know it's not safe in here,
and the next time I want the fish I'll bring
scuba gear!

There are more poems set to tunes you know as well as originals.  They all have a catchy beat and are fun to read aloud! This will be great for the 6th grade classes intro to poetry and I give it 4 copies. Tighty Whitey also includes drawings and you can download the audio of some of the poems.  The table of contents lists which poems are on audio and there's also a separate track listing all the poems that you can listen too.

About the Author
Kenn Nesbitt is the author of several collections of funny poetry for kids. His poems have appeared many bestselling anthologies, including every book in the popular Kids Pick the Funniest Poems series, and anthologies from Scholastic with nearly 2 million copies in print. His works have been in dozens of school textbooks around the world, as well as national television programs, and numerous children's magazines. Kenn travels the country sharing his wacky brand of poetry with kids nationwide, and helping to create a new generation of poetry lovers. His website, Poetry4Kids, is the most popular children's poetry website on the Internet.

Kenn's website - Poetry 4 Kids

Tighty Whitey audio download

As a special bonus, you can read Kenn Nesbitt's other book, My Hippo Has the Hiccups, for free until April 30th!

Read the book, spread the word, listen to the poems!

ARC supplied by publisher.


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