for The Dragons Are Singing Tonight by Jack Prelutsky and Peter Sís
From Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
The seventeen fast-paced, funny poems about dragons that comprise this collection are wonderfully illustrated in two-page color spreads that are as delightful as the poems themselves. The lively rhythms and pleasing rhymes make these verses a natural for memorization ("I'm tired of being a dragon, / Ferocious and brimming with flame, / The cause of unspeakable terror / When anyone mentions my name. / I'm bored with my bad reputation / For being a miserable brute, / And being routinely expected / To brazenly pillage and loot."), but Peter Sis' visual interpretations of each poem, filled with creativity and humor, will ensure that the book itself remains in the hands of readers long after they have memorized its contents. (Ages 8-11)
CCBC Choices 1993. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993. Used with permission.
From the Publisher
An "excellent collection....Prelutsky and Sis...bring to life so many sorts of dragons: the large, the small, the ferocious, the technological, the gentle, the ominous, and the disconsolate. There's a `just right' quality to the verse that makes it a pleasure to read the words aloud. Their sounds fit together with seamless craftsmanship and their sense rewards listeners with humor, imagination, and occasional poignancy....Because it appeals on so many levels, this is one poetry book that won't siton the shelf for long."--Booklist.
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