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The Resource Awful Ogre's awful day, poems by Jack Prelutsky ; pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky

Awful Ogre's awful day, poems by Jack Prelutsky ; pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky

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Awful Ogre's awful day
Title
Awful Ogre's awful day
Statement of responsibility
poems by Jack Prelutsky ; pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky
Title variation
Awful Ogres awful day
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In a series of poems, Awful Ogre rises, grooms himself, dances, pens a letter, and goes through other activities as the day passes
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Illustration
Award
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books, 2001
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2001.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 1-5 –This collection of 18 witty poems chronicles a day in the life of Awful Ogre. He towers over buildings and ordinary folk with his carpet of grass-green hair; red, bulbous nose; and single, large, green-and-yellow eye. He doesn't sound real cute, but underneath he's one swell guy. In "Awful Ogre's Breakfast," Prelutsky has fun with the normal breakfast routine. The spread depicts the ogre leaning back on his chair, gazing into his bowl of, yes, scream of wheat, complete with tongues and teeth. Children are sure to memorize Prelutsky's inventive verse and will avidly search the illustrations for their hidden jokes. Take for instance "Awful Ogre's TV Time," in which his favorite channel is the Chopping Network. In "Awful Ogre Dances," Prelutsky's prose stretches across the bottom half of the spread in perfect accompaniment to Zelinsky's dozen frames of Awful Ogre lithely (honestly) gliding across the top half. "I dance with abandon/Bravura, and zest,/I carom off boulders/And beat on my chest./I pirouette wildly/And leap into space/With power, panache,/And unparalleled grace." Even though Awful Ogre claims to be the awfulest of all, he remains awfully appealing throughout his rants and misadventures. Consider purchasing an extra copy–just in case he is checked out for an awfully long time.–Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY --Lisa Gangemi Krapp (Reviewed September 1, 2001) (School Library Journal, vol 47, issue 9, p220)
  • In a starred review, PW called this collection of light verse "a divinely wretched celebration of subversity, with possibilities for gross-outs from sunup to sundown." Ages 6-up. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed August 1, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 30, p67)
  • /* Starred Review */ In 18 poems, grisly enough to delight the taste for the macabre in any child, Prelutsky takes the Awful Ogre through his predictably awful day. From early rising to evening rest, everything that is grotesque is Ogre's idea of grand . . . breakfast of "ghoul on toast," a beloved ogress with greasy green tresses, a garden of well-sharpened thorns and poisonous plants, a precious collection of bones. The rhymes are wickedly rich in vocabulary (his weeds are scrofulous) and wordplay (at TV time, Ogre adores "The Chopping Channel"), and the scansion rarely goes wrong. As depicted gleefully by Prelutsky and Zelinsky, this ogre is a huge, lovable innocent who is unaware of any offense he might give. He seems not to notice that his left nostril houses a skunk. Happily, the illustrations are as blissfully unfettered by the demands of good taste as the poems. They command repeated and close scrutiny, containing ironic humor never mentioned in the text (the limbs on the fire have feet and most of Ogre's household appointments are satisfyingly monstrous). Far different from the painterly style we associate with the Caldecott-winning Zelinsky, his looser style reveals a surprisingly fiendish sense of humor with only the formal borders to remind you of his other renowned works. Of course, even the borders are filled with various forms of unpleasantness. Programmers, let yourselves go, this is a dramatic reader's delight and you'll find your listeners in your lap, not trembling with fear but with laughter, and clamoring to get a closer look at the illustrations. A bad day has never been a better romp. (Poetry. 6-10) (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2001)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
102007
Cataloging source
LD4
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1940-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Prelutsky, Jack
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
NP
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 5
Reading level
5.7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Zelinsky, Paul O
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ghouls and ogres
  • Children's poetry, American
  • Ghouls and ogres
  • American poetry
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Awful Ogre's awful day, poems by Jack Prelutsky ; pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
407691
Dimensions
31 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
39 pages
Isbn
9780688077792
Isbn Type
(lib. bdg.)
Lccn
99054323
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780688077785
  • (Sirsi) ADC-0343
Label
Awful Ogre's awful day, poems by Jack Prelutsky ; pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
407691
Dimensions
31 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
39 pages
Isbn
9780688077792
Isbn Type
(lib. bdg.)
Lccn
99054323
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780688077785
  • (Sirsi) ADC-0343

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