Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Poems That'll Have You 'Rolling'; This Collection Has Wacky Fun with Everyday Subjects Such as Pets, Siblings, Friends and Home

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Poems That'll Have You 'Rolling'; This Collection Has Wacky Fun with Everyday Subjects Such as Pets, Siblings, Friends and Home

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Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, The Times-Union

Rolling in the Aisles is the result of an ambitious group project. Editor and writer Bruce Lansky tested hundreds of poems on elementary and middle-school students and their teachers -- about 6,000 people -- to put together this collection of poems.

Topics include pets, brothers and sisters, friends and home. Everyday subjects prove to be perfect fodder for laughs. No surprise; Jerry Seinfeld built his career on that concept.

The offerings in Rolling have the wacky appeal of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, both of whom have works included here, plus readers can discover new writers to watch for, too. Check the "credits" section or the "title index" for quick references. Stephen Carpenter created the illustrations, which add their own level of humor to the collection.

Enough description. The poems speak for themselves. For example, this excerpt from Baby Ate A Microchip by Neal Levin.

Baby ate a microchip,

Then grabbed a bottle, took a sip,

He swallowed it and made a beep,

and now he's thinking pretty deep.

He's downloading his ABCs

And calculating 1-2-3s.

He's memorizing useless facts

While doing Daddy's income tax.

And now for a few words from Vac by Trevor Hardy:

Our vacuum cleaner has

Sucked up the cat

The morning paper

The kitchen mat

Two dozen spiders

A pair of shoes

A vest and panties

(I'm not sure whose)

Some CDs and

Cassettes galore

A nest of tables

The bathroom door

Those are just two examples from the more than 60 poems in this book that demonstrate that the boundaries of poetry extend beyond obscure words and esoteric subjects. Lansky has edited other anthologies including A Bad Case of the Giggles, Miles of Smiles and If Kids Ruled the School.

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