A Pizza the Size of the Sun Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-12 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"About a month ago I went a little Jack Prelutsky crazy. I discovered that the kids and I had fun going to a random page of one of his books, reading a poem, sometimes memorizing it and sometimes making actions for it with our arms and hands.

I really had no clue Prelutsky was so prolific. I came home from the library with a rhyming dictionary and several of his books. Unfortunately for me, I really can't sit down and just get through a whole book. Even though I like Young Adult fiction and picture books, my personal dose or threshold of children's literature gets lower when I'm not in the classroom these days. For my own enjoyment, having a my own copy or two of his books available to open randomly, and read a couple of poems when I'm in the mood is what I like. It's also nice to have a book for the kids for the same reason - to do this in class for filler and transitions. Kids like memorizing and reciting funny poems like I do.

This book is one I might buy. The poems are short and funny, pretty much as usual. I've read his how to write poems, longer poems, the haiku animal book and this is the preferred length and genre for me. I like that there's a random assortment and not all about Dragons, for instance. That said, it would be nice to have a 'category' and chapter breakdown, however the First Line Index should be helpful if you don't have early onset.

Another nicety is there are more than a couple of picture poems (where the text is an integral part of the poem). For some it may be a drawback that there aren't big colorful illustrations, but for myself, I always enjoy his choice of collaborations and like James Stevensons' drawings in this book. I also appreciate that the pages are mostly 1 to 2 pages, making them very suitable for memorization and fun.

Bonus: This book has a CD you can buy that adds another modell for classroom learning. The kids will love songs like Rats for Lunch and I Was Walking in a Circle, to name a few. I've used his books for K-6, I know other adults who read him, so as far as an age recommendation, I'd say: know your audience or reader.
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" There are some very good poems in here for children to memorize. " said.

" Such clever poems that any kid would absolutely love! " said.

" Some of the poems were better than others. I like the creativity in everyone. It seems like a common theme of opposites throughout the book. Very whimsical. Very good vocabulary, rhymes, rhythm throughout. " said.

" A pizza the size of the sun is a wonderful book with so many fun, light, and cheerful poems not only for children but adults too! This book has touching poems, fun poems, funny poems, and so much more! The illustrations in this book are fun and spunky. the rhymes are clever and poke fun in everyday things that common people say, think, and do! " said.

"From the award winning poet, Jack Prelutsky, comes an entertaining collection of poems. This book has poems of many kinds, including Mother Goose poems, limericks, and haikus. Most of these poems would be a great use to students in 2nd through 5th grade. This book could be used in two ways; Students could choose to read the poems in a sequence, or a teacher could chose to use specific poems to teach certain content. Both situations could be applicable for these grade levels. I would recommend using this book to bring reluctant readers of poetry in, and to show them the entertaining way and thoughtful words that Jack Prelutsky uses throughout his collection of poems in this text. " said.

"1. This book received the ALA Booklist Editors' Choice IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice Award.

2. This book is recommended for grades kindergarten through 5.

3. "A Pizza the Size of the Sun" is a book filled with a collection of poems. This poetry book is filled with quirky characters along with a lot of rhyme and rhythm. Along with awesome and different poems, there is plenty of amazing illustrations as well.

4. Children will love these different poems that are in this book. I love the fun twist on poetry that Prelutsky has. All ages are sure to love this poetry book.

5. Possible in class uses:
-Reading a couple of poems to the class and then instructing students to come up with their own quirky and different poem.
-Teaching new vocabulary to students.
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"1. Awards the book has received (if any): No awards
2. Appropriate grade level(s): 1st grade to 5th grade
3. Original 3-line summary: This is a collection of poems that vary in length. The illustrations are very simple and in black and white. The students will be able find poems that are well within their reading ability and also find ones that will challenge them as well.
4. Original 3-line review: Each of the poems vary in length, but all the poems will have the students laughing. It is a great way to introduce poems to older students that aren't nursery rhymes. The illustrations are in black and white, so students will be able to focus on the text of the poem instead of the illustrations. This is an excellent addition to classroom library.
5. 2-3 possible in-class uses: The titular poem, "A Pizza the Size of the Sun" would be a great way to introduce this book the students. There can be a "pizza day" in the classroom where students can read the poem as a class while eating pizza and creating their own poems. Pizza can also be tied in with a a mathematics or science lesson, so the theme of pizza can span for the entire day.
Since this is a collection of poems, students in older grades can create their own class poetry book with their own black and white illustrations that they can keep in the classroom library.
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