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Bananas in my ears : a collection of nonsense stories, poems, riddles, and rhymes / Michael Rosen ; illustrated by Quentin Blake.

By: Rosen, Michael, 1946-.
Contributor(s): Blake, Quentin [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012Edition: First U.S. edition.Description: 79 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780763662486 (hardcover) :; 0763662488 (hardcover).Subject(s): Children's poetry, English -- Juvenile literature | Nonsense verses, English -- Juvenile literature | Humorous poetry, English -- Juvenile literature | Children's poetry, English -- Juvenile poetry | Nonsense verses, English -- Juvenile poetry | Humorous poetry, English -- Juvenile poetry | Picture books for children -- Juvenile literature | Nonsense verses -- Juvenile literature | English poetry -- Juvenile literature | Riddles -- Juvenile literatureGenre/Form: Humorous poetry. | Children's nonfiction.DDC classification: 821.92 Summary: A charming collection featuring free verse stories, rhymes, and poems from the renowned Michael Rosen and quirky artwork by Quentin Blake.
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A charming collection featuring free verse stories, rhymes, and poems from the renowned Michael Rosen and quirky artwork by Quentin Blake.

From the chaos of breakfast to the calm of bedtime, this whimsical collection, pairing two former British Laureates, is full of delightful moments. Explore the pleasures of acting silly and the pains of feeling ill, the camaraderie of siblings and strange goings-on at the beach. . . . All this and a trip on a flying bed, too!

"First published in the U.K. as Smelly jelly fish (1986), Under the bed (1986), Hard-boiled legs (1987), and Spollyollydiddlytiddlyitis (1987)"--Prelim. p.

A charming collection featuring free verse stories, rhymes, and poems from the renowned Michael Rosen and quirky artwork by Quentin Blake.

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This collection is organized around four topics: breakfast, the seaside, going to the doctor, and bedtime. While the poems focus on the nonsensical-a boy has bananas in his ears, so he can't hear anyone who tells him that he has bananas in his ears, another boy is surprised when a ghost emerges from his toast-the selections are tied together by the repetition of particular characters and formats. Many of the pieces feature family scenes, and a few formats are repeated in each section, including some about brother and sister Nat and Anna. "What If?" poems utilize speech bubbles for the text. Every poem is paired with a watercolor and ink cartoon illustrations. Some get small vignette images scattered across the page, while others appear on full spreads. Some, like the "Things We Say" selections, depend on the illustrations for extra details, while others are simply complemented by them. The nonsense topics and amusing images are sure to entertain kids, presenting life in all its messy, crazy, chaotic glory. The focus here is on the mundane, with bursts of imagination kids that will relate to. This book could work well as a read-aloud for small groups, but it might be enjoyed even more when children share it together.-Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Starting with the title and cover images, this collection of nonsense verse will delight young children and those who read to them with the sounds of the words, and the wry small ink-and-watercolor illustrations that show uproarious scenarios in daily life. The entries are divided into four sections: Breakfast ( What if hard-boiled eggs turned into hard-boiled legs? ); Seaside ( Smelly Jelly Smelly Fish ); Doctor (showcasing the dreariness of the waiting room); and Under the Bed ( in here after dark, curtains shake and closets creak ). The wordplay and silly noises are a big part of the fun, and grown-ups, too, will appreciate the diagnosis of what's wrong with the doctor ( Spollyollydiddlytiddlyitis ). Occasionally, Rosen deviates from silliness, as on one beautiful double-page spread that depicts the physical sound, sight, and touch of walking on the beach ( over my toes / goes / the soft sea wash ). Kids will recognize the universal situations and emotions, as in Things You Say : He started it. Once again, Rosen and Blake both British Children's Laureates have created a title with long-lasting appeal.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist