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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) — biography from The New Kid on the Block… (more)
The New Kid on the Block 2,156 copies, 73 reviews
A Pizza the Size of the Sun 1,456 copies, 52 reviews
Something Big Has Been Here 1,422 copies, 19 reviews
I'm Glad I'm Me: Poems About You 1,375 copies, 12 reviews
It's Raining Pigs & Noodles 1,258 copies, 33 reviews
The Dragons Are Singing Tonight 927 copies, 24 reviews
It's Thanksgiving 920 copies, 6 reviews
Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young (Editor) 884 copies, 8 reviews
What a Day It Was at School! 856 copies, 24 reviews
I Like it Here at School 815 copies, 1 review
The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders 788 copies, 13 reviews
My Parents Think I'm Sleeping 766 copies, 20 reviews
It's Valentine's Day 582 copies, 6 reviews
Me I Am! 531 copies, 47 reviews
If Not for the Cat 526 copies, 48 reviews
It's Christmas! 511 copies, 9 reviews
Scranimals 465 copies, 22 reviews
It's Halloween 428 copies, 9 reviews
Awful Ogre's Awful Day 409 copies, 14 reviews
Zoo Doings: Animal Poems 408 copies, 13 reviews
Ride a Purple Pelican 384 copies, 7 reviews
My Dog May Be a Genius 306 copies, 28 reviews
Dinosaur Dinner (With a Slice of Alligator Pie) (Compiler) 288 copies, 22 reviews
Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme 269 copies, 15 reviews
Monday's Troll 228 copies, 5 reviews
The Carnival of the Animals 220 copies, 9 reviews
The Wizard 194 copies, 18 reviews
I've Lost My Hippopotamus 156 copies, 34 reviews
The Gargoyle on the Roof 135 copies, 4 reviews
Beneath a Blue Umbrella 132 copies, 4 reviews
The Baby Uggs Are Hatching 113 copies, 6 reviews
The Terrible Tiger 111 copies, 4 reviews
Poems of A. Nonny Mouse 110 copies, 2 reviews
In Aunt Giraffe's Green Garden 105 copies, 7 reviews
Awful Ogre Running Wild 95 copies, 11 reviews
Circus 59 copies, 4 reviews
Halloween Countdown 44 copies, 1 review
Rolling Harvey Down the Hill 41 copies, 1 review
Wild Witches' Ball 31 copies, 5 reviews
Kermit's garden of verses 31 copies, 2 reviews
The Mean Old Mean Hyena 18 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 3 copies, 2 reviews
The Horror 1 copy
Eric Carle's Animals Animals (Contributor) 2,107 copies, 28 reviews
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (Author) 1,343 copies, 45 reviews
My Dog Does My Homework! (Contributor) 833 copies, 5 reviews
Guys Write for Guys Read (Contributor) 752 copies, 13 reviews
Here Come the Holidays! Stories and Poems (Contributor) 350 copies, 1 review
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (Contributor) 330 copies, 7 reviews
Beware!: R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories (Contributor) 215 copies, 5 reviews
The Big Book For Our Planet (Contributor) 130 copies
The Wild Baby (Translator, some editions) 101 copies, 3 reviews
My Song Is Beautiful (Contributor) 65 copies, 1 review
Witch Poems (Contributor) 62 copies, 6 reviews
Monster Poems (Contributor) 20 copies
The Bad Bear (Translator, some editions) 8 copies
Witches (Contributor) 7 copies
The Mountain-Bounder (Translator, some editions) 6 copies
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