Prelutsky, Jack, and Carin Berger. 2006. Behold the bold umbrellaphant: and other poems. New York: Greenwillow Books.
The clever and witty Jack Prelutsky never ceases to amaze. His Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant is a collection of delightful and silly poems about creatures that are a unique combination of animal and object. Among the critters springing out of Prelutsky’s creative genius are pop-up toadsters, shoehornets, hatchickens, the ocelock, and the keymonkey. The poems display a wide variety of emotions and spark the imagination of young and older readers alike.
The ballpoint penguins enjoy writing:
The BALLPOINT PENGUINS, black and white,
Do little else but write and write.
Although they’ve nothing much to say,
They write and write it anyway.
The Lynx of Chain is always on the run and the Bizarre Alarmadillos are constantly upset. While the Tearful Zipperpotamuses are in constant pain:
They have zippers on their bellies,
On their legs and heads and backs,
But their zippers keep unzipping,
So they rarely can relax.
Carin Berger’s illustrations are eye-catching collages of these fascinating critters in their native habitat. Appealing and stimulating, these images are very much a part of the poems they accompany. Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant is a must have for all personal libraries.