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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Oh, How Sylvester Can Pester - Robert Kinerk

Released March 2011

Robert Kinerk
Drazen Kozjan
Simon & Schuster

Reviewed by Bob Walch

This collection of twenty humorous poems deal with bad manners and what the consequences can be if one doesn’t try to improve one’s behavior.

For example in one rhymed poem entitled What Will Happen To You If you Talk While You Chew, the reader learns that if he or she chews and talks at the same time "They’ll call you a pig and they’ll call you a slob. Your mother will faint and your sister will sob. Your brother will yell that you’re making him sick. From your cat and your dog what you hear will be, "Ick!'"

So, to avoid the pain and the shock and the grief that accompanies this unbecoming behavior it would be wise to not talk with your mouth full!

Other poems that admonish the reader to "shape up" include Stop Crowding, The Giggles, Excuse Me, and Magic Words.

Perfect for reading aloud, these playful poems will work nicely with children three or four years of age and older. And, who knows, they may even result in a positive adjustment in the youngsters’ behavior! Now wouldn’t that be nice?

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