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The Underwear Salesman: And Other Jobs for Better or Verse

by J. Patrick Lewis

Other authors: Serge Bloch (Illustrator)

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I think this is a good book for any age group. The older kids would love the jokes within the story as well as hearing about the many careers. The younger kids would also love the jokes and the rhyme scheme, which would be especially obvious during a read aloud. You could use this as a mentor text in a third grade classroom to teach how to use nonliteral language to create a more humorous writing piece. You could also use this book in a kindergarten or first grade classroom to discuss the many different characters and occupations, what they do, and which one they liked best or may be interested in doing some day. ( )
  ddeely | Mar 8, 2016 |
This book creeped me out. One reason I didn't like it was because of the illustrations. They are totally scary. On the page about the exterminator and the butcher, there's a drawing of a spider with giant eyes. I think I'll have nightmares for days about that picture.
Another reason I didn't like it was because of the title font. Just like I Invited A Dragon to Dinner, the font perfectly matches the pictures. In this case, not in a good way. It's totally creepy.
The main idea of this book is to teach kids about different careers in verse. ( )
  lmalak1 | Jun 9, 2014 |
There are so many occupations in the world! This book of poems explores careers in verse from underwear salesman to dictionary maker, from taxi driver to bubble bath tester.
  n.oreilly | Nov 18, 2013 |
This book of funny (and punny) poetry talks about many types of jobs that a kid might choose from when they grow up.
  AshleyWheeler | May 29, 2013 |
This silly, raucous book features hilariously zany poems about all sorts of jobs, including gardener, Queen of England, banana picker, dictionary maker, bicycle champion, belly dancer, bubble bath tester, librarian, and even poet. The short poems are full of puns and silly jokes, which will appeal to kids of all ages, and are visually varied; the poems’ forms an integral part of the meaning. Students will giggle at the silliness and at the droll digital collages by illustrator Serge Bloch. Recommended for grades 2-6.

Curriculum: this book would make a terrific read aloud during a poetry unit, and as a model text for teaching concrete poetry and humorous poetry. Children could create equally silly professions and write poems to share about them.

Lewis, J.P. (2009). The underwear salesman and other jobs for better or verse. (S. Bloch, Illus.). New York: Atheneum Book for Young Readers.
  AMQS | Jul 7, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689853254, Hardcover)

Have you ever talked at length with an exterminator?

Or had a heart-to-heart with an ice sculptor?

Or waxed philosophical with an acrobat?


Well, look inside.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:04:37 -0400)

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