Sardines Swim High Across the Sky by Jack Prelutsky
Illustrated by Carin Berger
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Pages: 40 Hardcover 11.25 x 9.25
Date Published: February 26th, 2013
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Following the success of Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, first Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky and New York Times Best Illustrated artist Carin Berger team up once again to create a new collection of silly, strange, and sensational animal poems! Told through couplets and visually arresting shadow boxes, dioramas, and cut-paper collage, Stardines evokes both natural history museum and Tim Burton fantasy. A unique, inspired, humorous picture book ideal for Poetry Month promotions, sharing together, and reading again and again.
Sixteen extraordinary imagined creatures inhabit the pages of Jack Prelutsky’s and Carin Berger’s latest collaboration. Jack Prelutsky reinvents many familiar and beloved animals by combining inanimate objects with them (so, for example, a pair of pants and an anteater become a panteater). Carin Berger’s illustrations are showstoppers. Her shadow boxes and dioramas utilize vintage type, ephemera, and such elements as ribbon, cards, buttons, and wood and bring these quintessential Prelutsky poems to life. Read it aloud, read it together, this is a catalog of effervescent silliness and will undoubtedly inspire young poets and artists alike!
This is bizarre and in a fun way, both the images and poems through out every page. Jack Prelutsky is a name that I keep coming across as we research more books necessary for our learning shelves and I think in reading this is my first real introduction to some of his poems. While not normal, definitely humorous and one for opening up I think this could be a great classroom resource perhaps to make a child think outside of the box. Both to learn about poetry, rhythm and rhyme, but also to learn about connections of one thing to another.
*Thanks to HarperCollins for providing an ARC for review.*
Jack Prelutsky was the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate. He has filled more than fifty books of verse with his inventive wordplay, including the national bestsellers Scranimals and The New Kid on the Block. In a starred review, School Library Journal called Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, also illustrated by Carin Berger, a “do-not-miss poetry pick.” Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State. You can visit him online at www.jackprelutsky.com.