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Stardines Swim High Across the Sky

By Jack Prelutsky, Illustrated by Carin Berger

Beloved and bestselling poet Jack Prelutsky and New York Times Best Illustrated artist Carin Berger team up to create a new collection of silly, strange, and sensational animal poems! Told through couplets and visually arresting shadow boxes, dioramas, and cut-paper collage, Stardines Swim High Across the Sky evokes both natural history museums and wild and silly fantasy. "The zoology may be suspect, but the laughs are guaranteed."—Publishers Weekly

Sixteen extraordinary imagined creatures inhabit the pages of this unique, inspired, humorous picture book ideal for sharing together, and for reading again and again. Jack Prelutsky reinvents many familiar and beloved animals by combining inanimate objects with them (so, for example, a pair of pants and an anteater become a panteater). Carin Berger's illustrations are showstoppers. Her shadow boxes and dioramas utilize vintage type, ephemera, and such elements as ribbon, cards, buttons, and wood and bring the animals to life. Read it aloud, read it together: this is a catalog of effervescent silliness and will undoubtedly inspire young poets and artists alike. "The total effect is both whimsical and fascinating, with rich language in the poems and unexpected objects in the pictures to return to over and over again.'—The Horn Book

Supports the Common Core State Standards

  • Grade level: 4
  • Interest Level: P-4
  • Guided Reading Level: T
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: Greenwillow Books
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780062014641
  • ISBN 10: 0062014641
  • ISBN 13: 9780062014641
  • Pages: 40
  • Trim Size: 11.25 x 9.25 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry / Humorous
  • Juvenile Fiction / Animals / General
  • Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Stories

Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Spectacular [and] witty. . . . Has the feel of a vintage science project by the weirdest (and most imaginative) kid in class. The zoology may be suspect, but the laughs are guaranteed."

Kirkus ReviewsPraise for Scranimals: "Hilarious, inventive."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Prelutsky tweaks language with his characteristic glee, wedging in plenty of humor."

School Library Journal (starred review)Praise for Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems: "This is definitely a 'do not miss' poetry pick."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Young readers will behold a wonderful, fantasically silly book."

Kirkus Reviews"Pretty brilliant."

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