Jack Prelutsky

(8 September 1940 / Brooklyn, New York)

Jack Prelutsky
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Jack Prelutsky is an American writer of children's poetry. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Carolynn.

Early Life

Jack Prelutsky was born on September 8, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York to Charles, an electrician, and Dorothea, a homemaker. While he was still a baby, a fire burned his family's apartment and he was saved by his Uncle Charlie, who was a stand up comic who played the Borscht Belt. He was poor growing up, and he said he was "...a sensitive kid in a working class neighborhood. I got beat up a lot. I was a skinny kid with a big mouth. A bad combination."

He attended local public schools in the Bronx, hated the experience, and was... more »

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  • Rookie - 2 Points Rashmi Dube (7/7/2015 10:58:00 PM)

    Dear Jack Prelutsky:
    We at Madhubun Educational Books (India) are currently working on an ELT series for primary students. We wish to use the following poem in one of our books:
    Deep in Our Refrigerator
    Since the series is meant for primary students, we need to keep the prices low. We'd be greatly obliged therefore, if you could grant us gratis permission to use the said material. We would, of course, give credit as advised by you.
    Please respond at the earliest so that we can go ahead with the process.
    Thanks and regards:
    Rashmi Dube
    Senior Editor
    Madhubun Books (India)

  • Rookie Nancy Engebretson (1/20/2014 10:46:00 AM)

    1987 my son drew a picture about Grandma giving underwear for Christmas. He wrote It's Christmas Jakck Prelutsky. Did you write a poem like this? I want to frame this priceless pic with your poem.
    Nancy Engebretson

  • Rookie Kaya Bartlett (5/24/2012 6:13:00 AM)

    Jack my class is doing a poetry cafe that is where you tell poems and I am doing In The Cafeteria because I LOVE IT SO MUCH.By the way i am the director.

  • Rookie Kaya Bartlett (5/24/2012 6:07:00 AM)

    Hi Jack I love all your poems. This thing I am doing in my class is called Poetry Cafe and every kid in my class is doing one.I am doing In The Cafeteria I love it so much.Then at the end we are doing a class poem and by the way I am the director.
    Love, kaya

  • Rookie Lauren Love (12/26/2011 2:13:00 AM)

    He is a creative writer who interests his reader easily with his choice of vocab.

  • Rookie Colin Certo (10/11/2007 7:07:00 PM)

    I think Jack Prelutsky is a great poet. Our 5th grade class is doing poems for Halloween on Jack Prelutsky. He is so creative in his poetry. Each one of our classmates has a spooky line. He is a great poet.

  • Rookie Brianna Brown (5/1/2006 9:51:00 PM)

    GEEZE! ! ! JACK GETS MAJOR KOODOS FOR HIS WORK! ! HE ROCKS! ! I NEVER THAUGHT I WOULD LIKE POETRY BUT MAN! ! HE TOTALY OPENED A NEW DOOR FOR ME! !

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Best Poem of Jack Prelutsky

Last Night I Dreamed Of Chickens

Last night I dreamed of chickens,
there were chickens everywhere,
they were standing on my stomach,
they were nesting in my hair,
they were pecking at my pillow,
they were hopping on my head,
they were ruffling up their feathers
as they raced about my bed.

They were on the chairs and tables,
they were on the chandeliers,
they were roosting in the corners,
they were clucking in my ears,
there were chickens, chickens, chickens
for as far as I could see...
when I woke today, I noticed
there were eggs on top of me.

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