The Armpit of Doom: Funny Poems for Kids
by Kenn Nesbitt
Recommended reading level: ages 6-10
There was a time my 2 older boys would have thought this collection of poems hilarious. Now in high school and college, they have graduated from reading juvenile and zany titles to analyzing the poetic works of Longfellow and Shakespeare. The Armpit of Doom contains 70 fun to read poems that deal with things elementary aged children will appreciate. These rhymes of pet germs, teenage werewolves, and nose kazoos were received with rolling eyes and would I please pass the salt and return to the “adult” topic of conversation. That was when I was reading the poems. How different they sounded when my soon to be 12 year old picked up the book and orated “I Wrote an Awful Poem“, “Melvin the Mummy“, and “I’m Thankful for Turkey“. His favorite was “I Dreamed That There Were Dragons“.
I dreamed that there were dragons
on an Island in the sea,
Where they threw a raging party
and, of course, invited me.
They wanted me to celebrate
their dragon holiday,
So I learned the dragon disco
and we danced the night away.
Kenn Nesbitt combines the right words to create a whimsical poetic experience for children. Adults (and soon to be adults) may not appreciate the allure of these poems, but pull out the Armpit of Doom to a room full of third graders and let the poems fly – it’s sure to be a silly and memorable adventure.
Author website: poetry4kids.com
Our thanks to the author for sending us a copy of this book for review.
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