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Par Marlo Thomas, Christopher Cerf. 2004
Par Roald Dahl. 1984
Twisted tales from Shakespeare, in which Shakespeare's best-known plays are presented in a new light: the old light having blown a fuse; together with introductions, questions, appendices, and other critical apparatus intended to contribute to a clearer m
Par William Shakespeare, Richard Armour. 1957
Tongue-in-cheek retellings of William Shakespeare's (1564-1616) best-known plays: Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of… Venice, and Othello. Includes introduction, questions, appendices, and footnotes intended to contribute to a clearer misunderstanding of the subject. 1957.
Par Molière. 1959
Alceste vows to speak and act with complete honesty; he will no longer adhere to the conventions of the hypocritical… society that surrounds him. Somewhat contradictorily, he prefers vain, coquettish Celimene to gentle, sincere Eliante. First published in the 17th century. 1959. Uniform title: Misanthrope.
Par Aristophanes. 1961
A Greek comedy featuring two fugitives from Athenian taxation and litigation, who persuade the birds to found a city in… the clouds, Cloud-Cuckoo Land. In time, utopia under bird rule exists. First performed in 414 BCE. 1961.
Par Jack Prelutsky. 2002
A collection of rhyming poems set in such places as Tuscaloosa, Tucumcari, and the Grand Canyon. These funny verses are… about people and animals, often doing unusual things, like "Seven snails and seven snakes/ swam around the five Great Lakes." For grades K-3. 2002.
Par Drew Hayden Taylor. 2007
A consortium of German developers arrives at Otter Lake Reserve with an offer: they want to improve the local economy… with the creation of "OjibwayWorld", a Native theme park. Designed to attract European tourists, it instead causes personal and political divisions within the local community, as well as hilarity. 2007.
Par Roald Dahl. 1982
Revolting rhymes. Humorous retellings in verse of six well-known fairy tales featuring surprise endings in place of the traditional happily-ever-after.… Grades K-3. 1982. Taped with: Dirty beasts. A collection of humorous poems about amazing or nasty creatures, including a flying cow, a pig who turns the tables on a farmer, and crocodiles, lions, and anteaters who delight in devouring people. Grades K-3. 1983.
Par Martha Grimes. 2014
In Send Bygraves, Martha Grimes has given us her most fascinating book, a dramatic mystery poem that uses the conventions… of the traditional British mystery to explore the very nature of crime, the criminal, and the criminal investigator. Illustrated with thirty-five line drawings by acclaimed artist Devis Grebu, it is an elegant, darkly humorous work--a tour de force of chilling wit and brilliant literary imagination.
Par Karma Wilson, Barry Blitt. 2009
Here are more than 120 hysterical, philosophical, rhetorical, and commonsensical poems and pictures that explore the perfectly not-so-perfect world of… picky kids, Miss Muffet's revenge, magic homework wands, yellow snow, and Sunday's sundaes! New York Times bestselling author Karma Wilson and renowned New Yorker cartoonist Barry Blitt have created a brilliantly entertaining poetry collection sure to be a source of pleasure and inspiration to kids everywhere.
Par Bob Raczka, Peter H. Reynolds. 2010
Boy-centric haiku about outdoor fun throughout the seasons, with illustrations by the New York Times bestselling creator Peter Reynolds.The wind… and I play tug-of-war with my new kite. The wind is winning. When you’re a guy, nature is one big playground—no matter what the season. There are puddles to splash through in the spring, pine trees to climb in the summer, maple seeds to catch in the fall, and icicles to sword fight with in the winter. Nature also has a way of making a guy appreciate important stuff—like how many rocks it takes to dam up a stream, or how much snow equals a day off from school. So what kind of poetry best captures these special moments, at a length that lets guys get right back to tree climbing and kite flying? Why, guyku, of course!
Par Kurt Wiese, Walter R. Brooks. 1953
The weather, all animals (with special emphasis on the peculiar attributes of pigs), joy and sorrow, the utility of facial… features, and a world of other subjects are poetically worked over by the world's most distinguished pig-of-letters, Freddy--the Bard of Bean Farm. Whether he's happy or sad Freddy is ever the poet, and his verse--both heavy and light--has created an international fuss among the less gifted pigs and poets. And if Freddy's poetry seems a bit hammy in spots, well . . .
Par Ichiro Kawasaki. 1973
Par Bruce Lansky, Stephen Carpenter. 1995
Betcha laugh!This is one of the most popular collections of funny poetry for kids ever published. It's a classic because… it's the first collection of poems selected by kids! It includes clever creations from some of the most popular names in children's poetry, including Bill Dodds, Timothy Tocher, Joyce Armor, Robert Pottle, Bruce Lansky, and Kenn Nesbitt. Humorous illustrations by Stephen Carpenter make this book even better.
Par Adam Rex. 2008
No one ever said it was easy being a monster. Take Frankenstein, for instance: He just wants to marry his… undead bride in peace, but his best man, Dracula, is freaking out about the garlic bread. Then there’s the Headless Horseman, who wishes everyone would stop drooling over his delicious pumpkin head. And can someone please tell Edgar Allan Poe to get the door already before the raven completely loses it? Sheesh. In a wickedly funny follow-up to the bestselling Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, Adam Rex once again proves that monsters are just like you and me. (Well, sort of.)
Par Adam Rex. 2006
Being a monster isn't all frightening villagers and sucking blood. Monsters have their trials, too. Poor Frankenstein's cupboard is bare,… Wolfman is in need of some household help, and it's best not to get started on Dracula’s hygiene issues. What could be scarier? Nineteen hilarious poems delve into the secret lives of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bigfoot, Godzilla, and others. In a range of styles that pay homage to everyone from Charles Schulz to John James Audubon, the monstrously talented Adam Rex uncovers horrific--and clever--truths you won't want to miss.
Par Jonathan Swift. 1996
Treasury of five shorter works by the author of Gulliver's Travels offers ample evidence of the great satirist's inspired lampoonery.… Title piece plus The Battle of the Books, A Meditation Upon a Broom-Stick, A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit and The Abolishing of Christianity in England.
Par Lola Stvil. 2016
Fifteen-year-old Shay Summers is trying to cope with the death of her father, being overweight, and threats from a girl… bully in school. <P><P>When she falls in love with Blake, a mysterious boy online, insecure Shay doesn't want to tell him who she is. <P><P>But with the help of her two best friends, as well as an assist by Kermit and Miss Piggy, ultimately Shay and Blake's love prevails. <P><P>Girls Like Me is a fun and fresh poetic take on teen angst, social media and online anonymity, and high school romance.
Par Mark Todd. 2014
"Talk about your meals on wheels!" A convoy of comic food trucks is heading your way, serving up a mouthful… of good eats with a side of humor and verse. They've got everything from french fries to falafel. You can sample sushi. Build a burger. Eat an empanada! There's a food truck flavor to satisfy every appetite in this comically illustrated picture book with rhyming text. A fun and informative homage to tasty treats and transportation. Additional fun facts on food history and nutrition are also peppered throughout the book.
Par G. K. Chesterton. 1995
Like much of G. K. Chesterton's fiction, The Ball and the Cross is both witty and profound, cloaking serious religious… and philosophical inquiry in sparkling humor and whimsy. Serialized in the British publication The Commonwealth in 1905-06, Chesterton's second novel first appeared in book form in America in 1909, delighting and challenging readers with its heady mixture of fantasy, farce, and theology. The plot of The Ball and the Cross chronicles a hot dispute between two Scotsmen, one a devout but naive Roman Catholic, the other a zealous but naive atheist. Their fanatically held opinions--leading to a duel that is proposed but never fought--inspire a host of comic adventures whose allegorical levels vigorously explore the debate between theism and atheism. Martin Gardner's superb introduction to The Ball and the Cross reveals the real-life debate between Chesterton and a famous atheist that provided inspiration for the story, and it explores some of the novel's possible allegorical meanings. Appraising the book's many intriguing philosophical qualities, Mr. Gardner alerts readers as well to the pleasures of its "colorful style . . . amusing puns and clever paradoxes . . . and the humor and melodrama of its crazy plot."