Poetry Book Review: A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky

A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky

jack prelutsky poetryillustrated by James Stevenson
Greenwillow Books, 2013
Genre: Nonfiction – poetry, humor

Circles, triangles, short stanzas and long; words you’re familiar with and some that are much too long (Fummawummalummazumms!).

More than 100 poems cover topics from food to pets to school and avoiding chores. There are all varieties of poems for young readers.

Interest level: 5 and Up. Recommended Ages

  • read together: 5 to 10;
  • read yourself: 9 and Up

Type of Reading: Family reading, independent reading, read aloud

Age of Child: Read with a 10-year-old girl.

Target Audience Reader: Our preteen is balking at reading, but still loves poetry. She likes being able to open the book to any page and decide what to read. The cool thing is that we get to hear all the poems that are hits because she’ll stop reading, come find us, and suggest we “listen to this.”

Parent Reader: We didn’t rely solely on our 10-year-old in reading A Pizza the Size of the Sun. We are huge Jack Prelutsky fans. His poetry speaks with a voice that resonates with but also echoes his target audience.

Bottom line: Humor and great imagery will have everyone laughing. This is an exceptional choice for developing and struggling readers, as the rhymes help with word decoding practice. The variety of topics help illustrate that poems can be fun and celebrate any topic.

Our recommendation: Buy. This is a great book to share with young elementary students, and it will be a “comfort read” for them later when they need a laugh or a warm memory. Click these links to find the book at your local library or favorite bookstore. [Note: Link goes to an earlier edition.]

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Educational Themes: Celebrate poetry with this collection of 100 poems for young readers. The variety of topics help illustrate that poems can be fun and celebrate any topic.


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What’s in a Name? a Name Poem for National Poetry Month

name poem As I mentioned the other day, I am going to celebrate National Poetry Month by sharing some of the poems that I wrote as a teenager.

Today I’m going to share my Name Poem (also known as an Acrostic Poem).

A Name Poem is a great “first poem” because it has a framework that the writer can work with. As you can see from the image of my poem, it is a vertical poem where each letter of my name is the first letter of a word that opens a sentence.

name poem example
To most of my relatives I’m special.
Everything takes time, I’m told.
Reading is one of my hobbies.
Relaxing is something I do as
Year after year goes by.

How would I write that poem today?

Time is a precious gift.
Everyday we should celebrate –
Rejoice in the little moments.
Remember those loved and lost.
Yes, we have many blessings.

Resources for Writing a Name Poem

A Name Poem is also called an Acrostic Poem. You can use any word as the anchor for your acrostic poem. Whether it is a favorite sport or beloved food, the word is the foundation for your poem. When you choose a name your Name Poem can become a tribute. Grandma would love a poem with all the things her grandson loves about her. Wouldn’t it be fun to see how your daughter might pay tribute to her brother in a Name Poem?

Here are some websites that have great guides and ideas.

Celebrating National Poetry Month

national poetry monthNational Poetry Month!

Welcome April and a celebration of all things poetic!

This is one of my favorite literary months, because poetry is a writing form that can be such fun and ignite a love of reading. Yes, I know there are plenty of “stuffy” poems out there, but in the world of children’s poetry, the writing is a rainbow. The imagery is lyrical, fantastic, and at times poignant, too.  But all of it is accessible to kids “where they are” and a great hook for reading, writing, and creative expression.

This year I’m going to do something a little bit different for National Poetry Month. I’m going to share some of my own poetry – written, I am certain, for a poetry Unit in 1977.

One of my projects this year is to “downsize” all the stuff we’ve collected over the years. I have previously mentioned finding all my journals, but there were additional discoveries, too.

Like My Poetry Notebook Written Especially for You! It is a collection of different types of poems that I must have written for Seventh Grade English (it wasn’t Language Arts back then). From my Name poem to the Septone, each poem is handwritten and illustrated. It is rather cool to rediscover my 13-year-old self.

Over the next 30 days, I’ll be sharing some of those poems. Let’s kick off National Poetry Month with an excerpt from the Tribute Poem …poetry books

Mom and Dad,

This is for you. You’ve had to go through a lot these past 13 yrs, and now I feel I owe you something …

We’ve had some bad times, but I hope to leave them behind to forget and only remember the fun and crazy times.

Thanks for everything.

Lovingly yours,


A gift of poetry! Can you think of a better way to start April and kick off National Poetry Month?

Some National Poetry Month Resources

Here are a few websites to get you started. We’ll add some new ones to each of our National Poetry Month posts.