What happens when you combine “slobs” with “lobsters” or “jolly” with “fish”? Turn the pages of this fascinating book to discover sixteen unique creatures invented by that master of meter, poet Prelutsky. His witty verses scan perfectly to reveal the amazing qualities of each specimen, sure to bring a smile to the faces of young naturalists and poetry-lovers. Contemplate the “fountain lion,” whose brassy fountain head spouts endless pale blue ribbons of water! Prelutsky makes no concessions with vocabulary, the sound of the magpipes, for example, being described as “a cacophonic monotone.” Berger’s meticulously crafted illustrations are laid out in dioramas or shadow boxes (salute to Joseph Cornell), or displayed as if they’re exotic specimens fastened to backgrounds of vintage paper or painted wood. “Stardines” is one book adults won’t mind endlessly rereading, and a delightful invitation for aspiring poets to create their own imaginative word animals and make collages or art boxes to illustrate them.
2012, Ages 6 up
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.