Jack Prelutsky

Books by This Author

Awful Ogre's Awful Day

Illustrated by: Paul O. Zelinsky
Age Level: 6-9
Awful Ogre’s day is much like anyone else’s, but with an ogre-ish twist. He uses onion juice as a mouthwash with just a dab on his chin, writes love letters to a delightfully disgusting ogress and more. The clever rhyming verse and dark-lined illustrations are filled with humor and visual jokes that will make this collection of poetry awfully popular.

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!

Illustrated by: Lane Smith
Age Level: 6-9
Rough sketches and ideas by the original Dr. Seuss were completed after his death by a jubilant collaboration between poet Jack Prelutsky and illustrator Lane Smith. Not only will readers glimpse Theodor Geisel's process of creation, they will delight in meeting Miss Bonkers and the Diffendoofer School presented in Seussian text and illustrations that integrate Smith's signature style with familiar Geisel.

I've Lost My Hippopotamus

Illustrated by: Jackie Urbanovic
Age Level: 6-9
Humorous, sometimes slightly gross, always kid-friendly poems are accompanied by lighthearted black and white sketches. A range of readers, from sophisticated to those less initiated, are sure to find chuckles in this thick but accessible collection of short, rhythmic poems.

If Not for the Cat

Illustrated by: Ted Rand
Age Level: 6-9
The essence of animals is evoked in rich language and the short form of haiku poems in this engaging book. Coupled with breathtaking and well composed illustrations, the poems are dramatically placed on double page spreads.

It's Thanksgiving

Illustrated by: Marylin Hafner
Age Level: 3-6
This anthology by well-loved children's poet Jack Prelutsky includes twelve sprightly poems about Thanksgiving, including When Daddy Carves the Turkey, I Ate Too Much, and If Turkeys Thought.

My Parents Think I'm Sleeping

Illustrated by: Yossi Abolafia
Age Level: 6-9
I'm awake! I'm awake! / I cannot shut my eyes. / I'm unable to sleep, / though I've made many tries… The insomniac in all of us will find plenty of company in this rollicking series of rhymes by the prolific and popular poet, Jack Prelutsky.

Pizza, Pigs and Poetry: How to Write a Poem

Age Level: 9-12
Jack Prelutsky, author of award-winning titles like The New Kid on the Block and If Not For the Cat, will be familiar to many children,. Here he uses easy tips and humor to get even the most reluctant writer started with writing the poetic form.


Illustrated by: Peter Sis
Age Level: 6-9

On Scranimal Island, there are many curious creatures that may seem familiar, but are really the product of the imagination. Are the critters animal, vegetable, or mineral? Only those who play with words will know for sure!