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Title: Recommendations on Silly Poetry
Post by: steve-newberry on December 05, 2017, 11:18 AM
Hi,

I've always loved 'nonsense-verse'.  However, outside of Shel Silverstein and my childhood favourite Dennis Lee (is he known outside of Canada?) I don't really know where to look.  Please hit me with your recommendations if you got 'em!
Title: Re: Recommendations on Silly Poetry
Post by: carrots on December 05, 2017, 01:25 PM
Congratulations on Semicolons, Cupcakes, and Cucumbers, Steve!! I just saw it over at The Innovation Press and made a note to check it out!! What a clever premise!!

As for good nonsense-verse poets, have you read anything by Jack Prelutsky? Here's his website: http://jackprelutsky.com .

Enjoy your pursuit of nonsense!!

 :carrot
Title: Re: Recommendations on Silly Poetry
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on December 05, 2017, 06:17 PM
Seuss has a bit of nonsense verse in his picture books. Otherwise, I go back to Alice in Wonderland.
Title: Re: Recommendations on Silly Poetry
Post by: dewsanddamps on December 06, 2017, 10:30 PM
I was chatting about just this thing with a B&N bookseller a month ago--and can't remember the title that she put in my hand.  :faint So sorry. But if you went to a large bookstore, I'll bet you could find a section.

If you're thinking about writing a book of poetry for MG, I'll say that my impression was that the poems were fairly short--lots of four liners, and there were more of them than I'd have guessed. It was heavily illustrated, as you'd imagine. Not sure how helpful that is...
 :goodluck
Title: Re: Recommendations on Silly Poetry
Post by: dkshumaker on December 07, 2017, 06:52 AM
This is a bit of a tangent, but if you are just looking for reading of silly poetry for fun and not as "mentor texts" Ed Decaria does a March Madness Poetry contest most years and "authletes" have less than 48 hours to write a kid's poem with an assigned random word. Many of the poems are quite silly and totally fun, and many are stunning in imagery and you would be surprised that they were written in such a short time frame. Last year he renamed it Madness! Poetry. Here is a link to his website if you'd like to check out the poems in the competition.

https://madnesspoetry.com/

And you if you like writing silly poetry, you should totally apply to compete next year!
Title: Re: Recommendations on Silly Poetry
Post by: JulieM on December 09, 2017, 06:44 PM
Spike Milligan has some.