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Jack Prelutsky, born on September 8, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, is primarily known as a poet for children but he is also a gifted musician, actor, photographer, sculptor and potter. Prelutsky studied at Hunter College for two years. He proposed to his future wife, Carolynn, on the day they met; she accepted the next day. While growing up in Brooklyn, Prelutsky studied voice at The High School of Music and Art in New York and first planned to be an opera singer. However, he decided he did not have the drive to sing opera, and he became a folk singer. Later he tried his hand at drawing. For fun, he wrote some short poems and made some drawings, which became his first publication. He has since published numerous books of illustrated poetry and also provided illustrations for books by other writers, including many in translation. Prelutsky never condescends to his young readers. He deals in verse with many imaginative creatures, but he also writes about people and problems such bullies, school, and fear of the dark. He is aware of the sound of his words and likes to perform his poetry to the accompaniment of the guitar. He visits schools and libraries to perform his work. Jack Prelutsky is the recipient of numerous awards. In 1977 The Children's Book Council honored him for Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep. His other award-winners are The Mean Old Mean Hyena, The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight, and The New Kid on the Block. In 2006, the Poetry Foundation named Prelutsky the inaugural winner of the Children's Poet Laureate award. His book Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems (illustrated by Carin Berger) won the 2007 Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award of the Washington State Book Awards in the Picture Book category. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The New Kid on the Block 1,951 copies, 71 reviews
A Pizza the Size of the Sun 1,320 copies, 52 reviews
Something Big Has Been Here 1,249 copies, 19 reviews
I'm Glad I'm Me: Poems About You 1,173 copies, 12 reviews
It's Raining Pigs & Noodles 1,105 copies, 33 reviews
The Dragons Are Singing Tonight 832 copies, 25 reviews
It's Thanksgiving 775 copies, 6 reviews
Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young (Editor) 742 copies, 9 reviews
I Like it Here at School 702 copies, 1 review
What a Day It Was at School! 695 copies, 24 reviews
My Dog Does My Homework! 691 copies, 5 reviews
The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders 671 copies, 13 reviews
Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast 620 copies, 10 reviews
My Parents Think I'm Sleeping 601 copies, 19 reviews
It's Valentine's Day 514 copies, 6 reviews
If Not for the Cat 463 copies, 48 reviews
It's Christmas! 448 copies, 9 reviews
Me I Am! 425 copies, 45 reviews
Scranimals 418 copies, 22 reviews
It's Halloween 394 copies, 9 reviews
Awful Ogre's Awful Day 374 copies, 13 reviews
Zoo Doings: Animal Poems 360 copies, 13 reviews
Ride a Purple Pelican 320 copies, 6 reviews
My Dog May Be a Genius 273 copies, 28 reviews
Dinosaur Dinner (With a Slice of Alligator Pie) (Compiler) 241 copies, 21 reviews
Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme 233 copies, 15 reviews
Monday's Troll 197 copies, 5 reviews
The Wizard 187 copies, 18 reviews
The Carnival of the Animals 181 copies, 9 reviews
I've Lost My Hippopotamus 142 copies, 33 reviews
The Gargoyle on the Roof 127 copies, 4 reviews
Beneath a Blue Umbrella 120 copies, 4 reviews
The Baby Uggs Are Hatching 107 copies, 6 reviews
Poems of A. Nonny Mouse 102 copies, 2 reviews
In Aunt Giraffe's Green Garden 97 copies, 7 reviews
The Terrible Tiger 92 copies, 4 reviews
Awful Ogre Running Wild 91 copies, 11 reviews
Circus 50 copies, 4 reviews
Halloween Countdown 43 copies, 1 review
Rolling Harvey Down the Hill 38 copies, 1 review
Kermit's garden of verses 29 copies, 2 reviews
Wild Witches' Ball 26 copies, 5 reviews
The Mean Old Mean Hyena 15 copies, 1 review
The queen of Eene 15 copies, 2 reviews
Toucans two, and other poems 11 copies, 1 review
Pack Rats Day and Other Poems 2 copies, 2 reviews
The Horror 1 copy
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (Author) 1,137 copies, 44 reviews
Guys Write for Guys Read (Contributor) 710 copies, 13 reviews
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (Contributor) 305 copies, 7 reviews
Here Come the Holidays! Stories and Poems (Contributor) 297 copies, 1 review
Beware!: R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories (Contributor) 194 copies, 5 reviews
The Big Book For Our Planet (Contributor) 118 copies
The Wild Baby (Translator, some editions) 96 copies, 3 reviews
The Bad Bear (Translator, some editions) 8 copies
Witches (Contributor) 7 copies
The Mountain-Bounder (Translator, some editions) 6 copies

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