Somewhere along the way, my kids' delight in nursery rhymes and classic verses of childhood disintegrated into a jaded "poems are boring" attitude. Fortunately, I've revived their interest and appreciation of poetry with the book For Laughing Out Loud: Poems to Tickle Your Funnybone. It's a collection of humorous poems by various poets from the famous (Ogden Nash, Shel Silverstein, John Ciardi, and Jack Prelutzky, who selected the poems) to the lesser-known to the odd anonymous author. The poems in this book are anything but boring, as Jack Prelutzy promises in his introductory verse:
If you have got a funnybone,
and I've no doubt you do,
then this completely silly book
is sure to tickle you.
I've filled it full of dizzy rhymes,
the wildest I could find,
and if it makes you laugh out loud,
that's what I had in mind.
We do laugh out loud, many, many times, when reading through this book. The poems deal with subjects that would fascinate and amuse any child: food (jellyfish stew, hippo sandwiches, spaghetti trees), animals, both real (tigers, flying fish) and imagined (bluffaloes, dinosores, ogglewops), and naughty children, just to name a few. Grownups will appreciate the clever puns and word play, and everyone will love the whimsical watercolor illustrations that bring the verses to life. For Laughing Out Loud is perfect for nights when there isn't much time left to read; you can pick one, two or three poems to read so your little ones can chuckle their way to sleep. Don't be surprised, though, if you find yourself reading through the rest of the poems once your little ones have fallen asleep.
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