Good Sports

9:00 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More
Author: Jack Prelutsky
Illustrator: Chris Raschka
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0375837000
ISBN-13: 978-0375837005

It's National Poetry Month and the April Book Brawl is in full force! Have you cast your vote yet? If not, I thought we'd take a look at our first contender...Good Sports!

Jack Prelutsky has been dubbed our nation's first Children's Poet Laureate, so there are high expectations when one picks up this book. The book has one or two poems per spread (17 poems total) and large watercolor and pen-and-ink drawings by Chris Raschka that, in my opinion, totally make this book. The illustrations are fun with swirls of color. But the poems are short, fairly simple and don't bring along the wow factor that follows Prelutsky wherever he goes! If your child loves sports, they'll still enjoy this collection of poems because many sports are covered such as soccer, football, baseball, basketball, running, frisbee, and karate, but you might want to take a look at our second contender...Way to Go Sports Poems! by Lillian Morrison.

Don't take my word for it...

From Publishers Weekly
"Despite Raschka's (The Hello, Goodbye Window) action-filled illustrations, this collection of sports poems lacks pizzazz. The untitled verses brim with fairly obvious sports commentator clich├ęs."

Be sure to cast your vote in the upper right sidebar! We'll declare a winner at the end of the month!
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