New Kid on the Block: Selected Poems

New Kid on the Block: Selected Poems

by Jack Prelutsky

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I'd rather take baths
with a man-eating shark,
or wrestle a lion
alone in the dark,
eat spinach and liver,
pet ten porcupines,
than tackle the homework
my teacher assigns.

Jellyfish stew,
I'm loony for you,
I dearly adore you,
oh, truly I do,
you're creepy to see,
revolting to chew,
you slide down inside
with a hullabaloo.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061359439
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/27/2007
Edition description: Unabridged, 1 CD, 1 hour
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.

Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.

Read an Excerpt

The New Kid on the Block

There's a new kid on the block,
and boy, that kid is tough,
that new kid punches hard,
that new kid plays real rough,
that new kid's big and strong,
with muscles everywhere,
that new kid tweaked my arm,
that new kid pulled my hair.

That new kid likes to fight,
and picks on all the guys,
that new kid scares me some,
(that new kid's twice my size),
that new kid stomped my toes,
that new kid swiped my ball,
that new kid's really bad,
I don't care for her at all.

The New Kid on the Block. Copyright © by Jack Prelutsky. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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New Kid on the Block 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I love Shel Sliverstein but this book is great. At school we don't do book reports we do book reviews. I did one on this book and read one of the peoms and everyone liked it. Now I hardly see the book in the school library. When I do see it I grab it. It is a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved the poems in this book, they a funny and stand out against other poems. Really a unique book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a kid with disabilities and he loves this CD! The author reads some poems from the book and he makes the charaters come alive... He makes funny noises and sounds. My kid laughs and laughs when he listens to this book. It's heartwarming!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fabulous book. Great poems that made me laugh as a kid. I like it so much that I find the need to buy one for my daughter because the one I had as a kid was read until it fell apart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Extra! Extra! Read all about the book The New Kid on the Block. It is an extraordinary book with many deep down funny poems! It has poems to put a smile on anyone's face. His books are so funny that they will lift you up when you're down. It is a great bedtime reading. I recomend this book to anyone who loves poetry, and a good laugh! You will have a lot of fun reading these poems. If you feel sad or lonely, pick up one of Jack Prelutsky's books. This book was like a roller coaster, because you really didn't know what was comming next. It seemed to me that some of his poems were about situations that you really might have to go through. Such as the poems The New Kid on the Block, An Irritating Creature, and Bulgy Bunne. Once I read this book, I had to read it again, because it was just so funny. I still laugh at the poems, it's just one of those things that just don't get old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿The New Kid On The Block¿ is a great book. It has funny poems that just might make you laugh in it. This book seems to have just about anything in it. Usually there¿s a twist at the end of his poems. Like in the poem called ¿Super Samson Simpson¿ where there is this guy who is really strong. At the end, his grandmother is stronger than him. I must say that was somewhat funny. The ending is what usually what makes Jack Prelutsky¿s poems enjoyable. Sometimes he¿ll have an illustration to go with his poem. Which is the case with ¿An Alley Cat With One Life Left.¿ There is a picture of a scraggly looking cat. When I first looked at the poem, I saw the cat and found it amusing. This is all before I read the poem. I think the illustration was a lot better than the actual poem. In this book, I found a poem I found most enjoyable. Like a lot of Jack¿s poems, the ending was the funniest part. It was called ¿Super Samson Simpson.¿ I mentioned it earlier. Samson Simpson was really strong. He could pick up elephants. When he did this, though, his Grandma picked him up. The part where Grandma picks him up is at the end. It was very amusing that his Grandmother could pick more weight up than her Grandson. This book was enjoyable for me to read. Jack Prelutsky has a great sense of humor and writes comical poems about just about anything. I would definitely recommend this book to people who can appreciate the good sense that Mr. Prelutsky has. That is why I gave this book, five new kids on the block.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is the is one of the best poetry books every read. I think that every body should read this book. It deserved award.
dawnfires on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This book is short collection of humors poems that children would find completely funny. Many of the poems deal with kids, school and the things around them. Person Reaction: Since I was a younger child and as an adult I still love reading these poems. I could read them over and over again and still laugh so hard. Classroom Extension Ideas: 1. While the teacher was introducing rhyming to the classroom, reading these poems would help the students use there listening skills to hear the rhyming words in the story2. Another way to use this book in the classroom would be to read one of the poems in the book and let the children paint a picture of what they heard.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had to buy this for my niece after I found myself starting a poem from the book and not remembering how to finish it. Imagine that - it's been at least 16 years since I had this book, yet I could still recite stanzas at will. How frustrating it was not to have all of them!Jack Prelutsky is one of the best children's poets out there. You MUST have this book - indoctrinate your kid in the joys of reading poetry aloud when they're young, and you'll never have to unteach them "poetry is boring" when they're older.
arielaver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a silly collection of poems that are really run to read aloud. They are also inspiring to young poets who may want to write about the realities of their lives/neighborhoods in fantastical ways.
GI142984 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book full of poems by Jack Prelutsky. The poems consist of things that all children can relate to but in a humorous and fictional way. Poems like; My Sister Is a Sissy, My Baby Brother, Jellyfish Stew, Homework! Oh Homework and other many other subjects. The rhythm, rhyme, and repetition are very catchy and easy to read that makes all the different poems so much fun. The personification he gives to some of his characters and the figurative language grab the reader¿s curiosity and make them want to read more. I think this book is so much fun to read, and I know in elementary school it was one of my favorites. The humor and off the wall topics are what students need to get them into poetry. Starting off with a book like this one will inspire students and maybe give them a better outlook on future poetry projects. In the classroom students can write a limerick and use their own imagination. Another idea is having a different student read one poem out of the book everyday, to give students something to look forward to.
lauren.anderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary-The poem is called "New York is in North Carolina",,the poem is about states,cities,capitals,and other countries and the kids answers are WAY wrong,and at the end of the poem it says "these are a few of the answers i wrote when i flunked the geography test!" Personal Reaction-It was a really funny poem! At the beginning when i was reading it i realized all the answers were wrong,so at first i was confused but then i realized what had happened!Classroom Extension-1)Tell them the right answers. 2)Have GOOD Social Studies lessons.
tiamatq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Have you ever considered the advantages to having your nose on your face? Or what life is like for a boneless chicken? Or lamented a night of homework? Then this book is for you! Jack Prelutsky¿s collection 107 poems are silly, catchy, and classic. Readers bounce from poem to poem, carried along by James Stevenson¿s squiggly illustrations. Though this is a fast read, Prelutsky¿s odd characters, like the Underwater Wibblies and Drumpp the Grump, will keep you giggling.These quirky poems will entertain readers both young and old. Prelutsky¿s poems are made for reading aloud, and audiences will enjoy listening to the made-up names and punchlines. Stevenson¿s artwork, which can also be found in The New Yorker, fits perfectly with the singsong style of the poems. The black and white drawings wobble and flutter around the text, interacting with it. Prelutsky¿s work, combined with Shel Silverstein¿s, makes for an excellent introduction into the world of poetry for young readers.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
He's the best poet for kids!! I have the CD-rom for The New Kid on the Block and it is very very cool.