Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky Poems

Last night I dreamed of chickens,
there were chickens everywhere,
they were standing on my stomach,
they were nesting in my hair,

Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.

As soon as Fred gets out of bed,
his underwear goes on his head.
His mother laughs, 'Don't put it there,
a head's no place for underwear! '

it came today to visit
and moved into the house
it was smaller than an elephant
but larger than a mouse

I am Ebenezer Bleezer,
there are flavors in my freezer
you have never seen before,

'My stomach's full of butterflies! '
lamented Dora Diller.
Her mother sighed. 'That's no surprise,
you ate a caterpillar! '

I am Super Samson Simpson,
I'm superlatively strong,
I like to carry elephants,
I do it all day long,

Homework! Oh, Homework!
I hate you! You stink!
I wish I could wash you away in the sink,
if only a bomb

Deep in our refrigerator,
there's a special place

Herbert Glerbett, rather round,
swallowed sherbet by the pound,

I met a dragon face to face
the year when I was ten,
I took a trip to outer space,

I'm making a pizza the size of the sun,
a pizza that's sure to weigh more than a ton,
a pizza too massive to pick up and toss,
a pizza resplendent with oceans of sauce.

A wolf is at the Laundromat,
it's not a wary stare-wolf,

Pumberly Pott's unpredictable niece
declared with her usual zeal
that she would devour, by piece after piece,
her uncle's new automobile.

I was hungry on Thanksgiving
But I couldn't eat a thing
I couldn't eat a drumstick

Suzanna socked me Sunday,
she socked me Monday, too,
she also socked me Tuesday,

Jack Prelutsky Biography

Jack Prelutsky is an American poet and children's author, born on September 8, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his humorous and whimsical poetry for children, which has earned him numerous awards and accolades. Prelutsky began writing poetry in his teens and went on to study philosophy at Hunter College in New York City. After college, he worked a variety of jobs, including cab driver, furniture mover, and folk singer before turning to writing full-time. In 1976, Prelutsky published his first book of poetry for children, "A Gopher in the Garden and Other Animal Poems," which was followed by many more books over the years. Some of his most popular titles include "The New Kid on the Block," "Something Big Has Been Here," and "The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders." Prelutsky's poetry is known for its accessibility, humor, and child-friendly themes. He often writes about animals, food, and everyday experiences, and his poems are usually accompanied by playful illustrations. His work has been praised for encouraging a love of language and poetry in children. In addition to his writing, Prelutsky has also been involved in children's education. He has conducted poetry workshops for students and teachers, and he has served as a contributing editor for "Read!" magazine, a publication aimed at promoting reading among young people. Prelutsky has won numerous awards for his work, including the Children's Choice Award, the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, and the Claudia Lewis Award for Poetry. In 2006, he was named the first Children's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Today, Prelutsky continues to write and publish poetry for children, and his work is beloved by young readers and educators alike.

Life of Jack Prelutsky

He enjoyed the musical training he did there and even attended some musicals. In 1958, he went to Hunter College to study for two years. After failing English three times, he dropped out. Before becoming a writer, he worked on a lot of jobs like driving a cab, working in a bookstore, and a lot more. In 1967, at the age of 24, he wrote his first book. Prelutsky has written more than 50 poetry collections, including Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep (1976), It's Halloween (1977), The Mean Old Mean Hyena (1978), and Something BIG Has Been Here (1990). He has also compiled numerous children's anthologies comprising poems of others. 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 bored in class. Prelutsky claims to have hated poetry when he was younger. He stated that "sometime in elementary school I had a teacher who, in retrospect, did not like poetry herself. She was determined to inflict her views on her captives. The syllabus told her she had to recite a poem once a week. She would pick a boring poem from a boring book and read it in a boring voice, looking bored while she was doing it." After teachers discovered he had musical talents, they suggest he attend The High School of Music & Art. While there, he was happy and was able to train his beautiful singing voice and even took part in the musicals. He graduated in 1958, and went on to Hunter College for two years. He studied philosophy, psychology, and flunked English three times before dropping out. Before becoming a writer, he worked odd jobs including driving a cab, moving furniture, busboy, potter, woodworker, and door-to-door salesman. In the late 1960's, he was working in a bookstore in Greenwich Village and singing in coffeehouses, and while doing the latter he met Bob Dylan, became friends, and Dylan even stated that Prelutsky sounded "like a cross between Woody Guthrie and Enrico Caruso". Prelutsky also loved to draw imaginary animals, and a friend of his encouraged him to send it to a publisher in New York. He wrote poems to go with the drawings last minute. He met with Susan Hirshman, and was amazed when they wanted his work; not the drawings that took six months to draw, but the poems which took two hours. He was 24 at the time, and the poems appeared in his first book, A Gopher in the Garden and Other Animal Poems. Hirshman told him he was a natural poet, published his book, and remained his editor until she retired 37 years later. Poetry Prelutsky has written more than 50 poetry collections, including Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep (1976), It's Halloween (1977), The Mean Old Mean Hyena (1978), and Something BIG Has Been Here (1990). Nilsen, A. P. and Nilsen, D.L.F. (2000). Encyclopedia of 20th-Century American Humor. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press. He has also compiled numerous children's anthologies comprising poems of others. He has also set his poems to music on the audio versions of his anthologies. He often sings and plays guitar on most of them. In 2006, the Poetry Foundation named Prelutsky the inaugural winner of the Children’s Poet Laureate award. He appeared on the popular animated television series Arthur, in the episode "I'm a Poet." 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. In 1993, "The New Kid on the Block" was made into an interactive story book by Brøderbund's Living Books series. Personal Life Prelutsky married his wife Carolynn in 1979. They met when he was on a book tour in Albuquerque, New Mexico and she was a children's librarian who was tasked with showing him around town. He claims it was love at first sight and even asked for her hand in marriage the first day he met her. They have lived in Arizona, Boston, New York, and Olympia, Washington. They currently live in downtown Seattle and have an apartment on Bainbridge Island.)

The 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.

Jack Prelutsky Comments

Lauren Love 26 December 2011

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

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Kaya Bartlett 24 May 2012

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.

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Colin Certo 11 October 2007

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.

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Kaya Bartlett 24 May 2012

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

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Brianna Brown 01 May 2006


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john smith 25 May 2022

hey man

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Jojo siwa 18 May 2022

ima come back like a boomarang those are soo good!

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Randy Hughes 17 May 2022

i love my son and your poems and so does my son hudson hughes

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Liz Andrews. 19 March 2022

Fantastic. Where would I get a book with all your most popular poems in?

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Charlllll 23 June 2021

Do you have the peom huffer and puffer

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