I'm an awful, awful ogre,
Absolutely awful ogre.
I'm so awful, Awful Ogre
Is my awful ogre name ...
Awful Ogre is huge, hungry, horrible –– and totally lovable. Larger than life, Awful Ogre packs into one day enough excitement, imagination, emotion, and sheer ebullience to last most of us a lifetime. In his awful, irresistible way, he steals the heart of every reader.
|Product dimensions:||9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.00(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.
Paul O. Zelinsky is the illustrator of Anne Isaac's Dust Devil and creator of the now-classic interactive book called The Wheels on the Bus. His retelling of Rapunzel was awarded the 1998 Caldecott Medal. Rumpelstitlskin, Hansel and Gretel and Swamp Angel with different authors all garnered Paul a Caldecott Honor. Since 1991 Paul O. Zelinsky has lived in the same apartment with his wife Deborah in northern Brooklyn, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Some gross illustrations that some will like, but not all...Funny story!
This book goes through a typical "awful" day for an Ogre and all the funny things that happen to him along the way but instead of classic narrative the author has chosen to use poetry. I thought this was a very clever way to read poetry to younger children. The poems themselves are funny and creative and incite reaction from the children as they are being read to them. At times I felt that they were a little long and wordy, although this may have been to facilitate the rhyming.What stands out the most about this book is the artwork by Paul O. Zelinsky. He is one of my new favorite illustrators and I really love all of the details that he includes in these illustrations. Many of them are so clever that they are not even part of the poems. Each image is fun to examine all by itself and made the children I read it to laugh at every page turn.
This collection of poems about the awful day of Awful Ogre, a disgusting and lovable monster with funny habits and adventures will gross readers out and keep them reading at the same time.Each poem could function independently, but they appear to be intended to be read as a collection. The poems are chronological -- starting with one about Awful Ogre's morning routine, following him through the day, and ending with his nighttime dreams. The poet uses rhythm, rhyme, sound, and language to create a character whose antics are both repulsive and endearing. The detailed, exaggerated illustrations perfectly match the text of the poems so that even readers who may not be familiar with words like "ogre" or "flora" will know what is happening in the poems. The language is the only attribute of the book that might give readers some trouble. While Prelutsky's command of the English language and ability to use interesting words certainly lends to the poetic appeal of this collection, the vocabulary he uses does not always match the intended audience. While this can certainly be used as an opportunity to build readers' (or listeners') vocabulary, the plethora of long, potentially unfamiliar words (i.e. "cudgel," "magnanimity," "statuesque," "pendulous," etc.) might alienate young readers. Highly recommended for elementary libraries.