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The World's Greatest : Poems
by J. Patrick Lewis and Keith Graves

Overview - Who has kissed the most cobras? Eaten the most live scorpions? Sailed highest on a skateboard? Been stuck the longest in an elevator? These and 21 other vexing superlatives are the subject matter of this zany collection of verse by one of America's most well-loved poets, J.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Who has kissed the most cobras? Eaten the most live scorpions? Sailed highest on a skateboard? Been stuck the longest in an elevator? These and 21 other vexing superlatives are the subject matter of this zany collection of verse by one of America's most well-loved poets, J. Patrick Lewis. Comic illustrations by Keith Graves make this the funniest, wackiest, rhyming-est book on the shelf.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780811851305
  • ISBN-10: 0811851303
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA)
  • Publish Date: January 2008
  • Page Count: 33
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-9


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 46.
  • Review Date: 2008-03-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

With a clever premise—poems about the world's greatest something or other—Lewis (A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme) and Graves (Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance) assemble a poetry volume sure to appeal to assiduous readers of Guinness World Record books. Regrettably, the poems themselves are not always as intriguing as the oddball records they describe. Sometimes Lewis's meter stumbles, or his grasp on a particular topic weakens, but the poems often contain a sly rhyme or an idea that will grab the target audience, as in these words about an articulate canary that begins to “mutter, sputter/ Whenever he ate pnnnut bttttr.” Each poem lists the record associated with it; for example, “The Tallest Roller Coaster” is prefaced with the name, location and height of the actual attraction, after which Lewis describes the sensation of riding it (“You hold your breath,/ You lose your nerve,/ You're scared to death/ At every curve”). Graves's illustrations, like the best caricatures, match the wacky tone of the poems, as in “The Kookiest Hat” (“ 'A fried-egg hat repels the rain,'/ Was what the man replied,/ 'Because, my dear, I always wear/ It on the sunny side' ”). Ages 5-9. (Apr.)

 
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Rhymes for young readers

New readers and listeners love the cadence and predictability of rhymed poems and J. Patrick Lewis is a master of the form. In the hyperbolically titled The World's Greatest Poems, illustrated by Keith Graves he offers an amusing and inventive ride into the world of superlatives. From the kookiest hat to the tallest roller coaster to the highest air on a skateboard and every other nutty record in between, Lewis delights readers with his verbal acrobatics and clever poetic forms. The bouncy rhymes are illustrated with droll acrylic-and-pencil drawings that poke fun at the records that people keep. Here is Lewis' limerick to the world's largest potato: "There once was a tater named spud / Who said to his tater tot, 'Bud, / Remember the size is / What takes Tater Prizes, / So don't be a stick-in-the-mud!' " I can imagine young readers dragging out almanacs and record books to write other record-breaking poetry.

 
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