jack prelutsky

Topics: Jack Prelutsky, Poetry, Children's literature Pages: 4 (1282 words) Published: November 2, 2013
Jack Prelutsky (born September 8, 1940) is an American writer of children's poetry. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Carolynn.[1] Contents
1 Early life
2 Poetry
3 Personal life
4 Bibliography
5 References
6 External links
Early life[edit]
Jack Prelutsky was born on September 8, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York to Charles, an electrician/plumber and Dorothea, a homemaker. While he was still a baby, a fire burned his family's apartment and he was saved by his Uncle Charlie, who was a stand up comic who played the Borscht Belt. He was poor growing up, and he said he was "...a sensitive kid in a working class neighborhood. I got beat up a lot. I was a skinny kid with a big mouth. A bad combination."[2] He attended local public schools in the Bronx, hated the experience, and was bored in class. Prelutsky claims to have hated poetry when he was younger.[3] He stated that "sometime in elementary school I had a teacher who, in retrospect, did not like poetry herself. She was determined to inflict violent punches and deadly blows so you can believe her views on her captives that were locked in the basement. The syllabus told her she had to recite a poem once a week. She would pick a boring poem from a boring book and read it in a boring voice, looking bored while she was doing it."[4] After teachers discovered he had musical talents, they suggested that he attend The High School of Music & Art. The moment he was there, he was happy and was able to train his beautiful singing voice and even took part in the musicals. He graduated in 1958, and went on to Hunter College for two years. He studied philosophy, psychology, and flunked English three times before dropping out.[4] Before becoming a writer, he worked odd jobs including driving a cab, moving furniture, busboy, potter, woodworker, and door-to-door salesman. In the late 1960s, he was working in a bookstore inGreenwich Village and singing in coffeehouses, and while doing the latter he met Bob...

References: Bibliography[edit]
A Gopher in the Garden and Other Animal Poems (1967) (illustrated by Robert Leydenfrost)
The Good Tiger (1970) (illustrated by Arnold Lobel)
Toucans Two and Other Poems (1970) (illustrated by José Aruego)
Circus (1974) (illustrated by Arnold Lobel)
Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep (1976) (illustrated by Arnold Lobel)
It 's Halloween (1977) (illustrated by Marylin Hafner)
The Mean Old Mean Hyena (1978) (illustrated by Arnold Lobel)
The Queen of Eene (1978) (illustrated by Victoria Chess)
The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight: More Poems to Trouble Your Sleep (1980) (illustrated by Arnold Lobel)
Rolling Harvey Down the Hill (1980) (illustrated by Victoria Chess)
It 's Christmas (1981) (illustrated by Marylin Hafner)
The Sheriff of Rottenshot (1982) (illustrated by Victoria Chess)
Kermit 's Garden of Verses (1982) (illustrated by Bruce McNally)
The Baby Uggs are Hatching (1982) (illustrated by James Stevenson)
It 's Thanksgiving (1982) (illustrated by Marylin Hafner)
Zoo Doings: Animal Poems (1983) (illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky)
It 's Valentine 's Day (1983) (illustrated by Yossi Abulafia)
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983) (illustrated by Arnold Lobel)
It 's Snowing! It 's Snowing! (1984) (illustrated by Jeanne Titherington)
What I Did Last Summer (1984) (illustrated by Yossi Abulafia)
The New Kid on the Block (1984) (illustrated by James Stevenson)
Ride a Purple Pelican (1984) (illustrated by Garth Williams)
My Parents Think I 'm Sleeping (1985) (illustrated by Yossi Abulafia)
Read Aloud-Rhymes for the Very Young (1986) (illustrated by Marc Brown)
Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast: Dinosaur Poems (1988) (illustrated by Arnold Lobel)
Beneath a Blue Umbrella (1990) (illustrated by Garth Williams)
Something BIG Has Been Here (1990) (illustrated by James Stevenson)
For Laughing Out Loud: Poems to Tickle Your Funnybone (1991) (illustrated by Marjorie Priceman)
There 'll Be a Slight Delay: and Other Poems for Grown-ups (1991) (illustrated by Jack Ziegler)
A. Nonny Mouse Writes Again! (1993) (illustrated by Marjorie Priceman)
The Dragons Are Singing Tonight (1993) (illustrated by Peter Sís)
Monday 's Troll (1996) (illustrated by Peter Sís)
A Pizza the Size of the Sun (1996) (illustrated by James Stevenson)
The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom (1997) (illustrated by Meilo So)
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (1998) (with Dr
Dog Days: Rhymes around the Year (1999) (illustrated by Dyanna Wolcott)
The Gargoyle on the Roof (1999) (illustrated by Peter Sís)
The 20th Century Children 's Poetry Treasury (1999) (illustrated by Meilo So)
It 's Raining Pigs and Noodles (2000) (illustrated by James Stevenson)
Awful Ogre 's Awful Day (2001) (illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky)
The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders (2002) (illustrated by Petra Mathers)
Scranimals (2002) (illustrated by Peter Sís)
If Not for the Cat (2004) (illustrated by Ted Rand)
Wild Witches ' Ball (2004) (illustrated by Kelly Ashbury)
Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems (2006) (illustrated by Carin Berger)
I 'm Glad I 'm Me: Poems About You (2006)
What a Day It Was at School! (2006) (illustrated by Doug Cushman)
Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More (2007) (illustrated by Chris Raschka)
In Aunt Giraffe 's Green Garden (2007) (illustrated by Petra Mathers)
Me I Am! (2007) (illustrated by Christine Davenier)
The Wizard (2007) (illustrated by Brandon Dorman)
Awful Ogre Running Wild (2008) (illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky)
My Dog May Be a Genius (2008) (illustrated by James Stevenson)
Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face and Other Poems (2008) (illustrated by Brandon Dorman)
Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem (2008)
The Swamps of Sleethe: Stories from Beyond the Solar System (2009) (illustrated by Jimmy Pickering)
The Carnival of the Animals (2010) (illustrated by Mary GrandPré)
There 's No Place Like School (2010) (illustrated by Jane Manning)
I 've Lost My Hippopotamus (2012) (illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic)
Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems (2013) (illustrated by Carin Berger)
The Silver Moon: Lullabies and Cradle Songs (2013) (illustrated by Jui Ishida)
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