I'm Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-ups

I'm Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-ups

Book - 2017 | First Edition.
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The instant New York Times bestseller featured on NPR's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon! B. J. Novak (bestselling author of The Book With No Pictures) described this groundbreaking poetry collection as "Smart and sweet, wild and wicked, brilliantly funny--it's everything a book for kids should be."

Meet Chris Harris, the 21st-century Shel Silverstein! Already lauded by critics as a worthy heir to such greats as Silverstein, Seuss, Nash and Lear, Harris's hilarious debut molds wit and wordplay, nonsense and oxymoron, and visual and verbal sleight-of-hand in masterful ways that make you look at the world in a whole new wonderfully upside-down way. With enthusiastic endorsements from bestselling luminaries such as Lemony Snicket, Judith Viorst, Andrea Beaty, and many others, this entirely unique collection offers a surprise around every corner: from the ongoing rivalry between the author and illustrator, to the mysteriously misnumbered pages that can only be deciphered by a certain code-cracking poem, to the rhyming fact-checker in the footnotes who points out when "poetic license" gets out of hand. Adding to the fun: Lane Smith, bestselling creator of beloved hits like It's a Book and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales , has spectacularly illustrated this extraordinary collection with nearly one hundred pieces of appropriately absurd art. It's a mischievous match made in heaven!

"Ridiculous, nonsensical, peculiar, outrageous, possibly deranged--and utterly, totally, absolutely delicious. Read it! Immediately!" --Judith Viorst, bestselling author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780316266574
Branch Call Number: J 811.6 Harri
Characteristics: 221 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm


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Apr 26, 2018

Laugh out loud poems along with thoughtful wit. If you like Shel Silverstein you'll like Chris Harris too.

LPL_MattL Feb 18, 2018

This poetry collection is cleverly written using absurdist humor that reads like a modern day successor to "Where the Sidewalk Ends." Lane Smith's illustrations fit perfectly and often interact with the text to break the fourth wall. I read it all in one sitting and I foresee myself going back to it often! I think it can serve as an ideal gateway book for children who might be hesitant to give poetry a try.

PimaLib_JeanSC Jan 03, 2018

Poems that make you laugh out loud. Chris Harris writes more than just nonsense, though. Check out "The Little Hurts" and "I'm Shy on the Outside." His poetry also resonates.

JCLChrisK Dec 21, 2017

A wonderfully witty, playful, and original collection of poems that belongs right beside Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and the other giants of children's poetry. The best I've read in a long time. The humor variously emerges from wordplay, topics, themes, typography, logic games, meta- and self-references, and more, with surprising, well-timed breaks for earnestness and wisdom every so often. Highly recommended.

Ms_Gaye Oct 27, 2017

Funniest children's poetry author since Prelutsky and Silverstein.


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JCLChrisK Dec 21, 2017

The Good-Child Test

I used special ink on this poem's last line
That some children see and some don't.
If you're a good child, then you'll read it just fine--

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