A PIZZA the Size of the Sun (Audio)

Composer: 
Jack Prelutsky
Artist Group: 
Jack Prelutsky
Publisher: 
Listening Library / Random House
UPC: 
9780807204184
Length in minutes: 
60

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ISBN: 
0807204188
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ASIN: 
0807204188
List Price: 
10.00
Rating: 
5
Awards: 
alanotablechildren'srecording
Publication Date: 
1999
Miscellaneous: 
Category: Spoken word?? what about a category just for regular old kids' songs/music?

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Short Review: 
24 of Jack Prelutsky’s clever, funny poems (from the book of the same title) are set to music with a folksy flavor – and more than a pinch of silliness. Performed by the author, this is a rollicking good time in poetry and song.
Long Review: 

Sounding like a young Pete Seeger (or as his friend Bob Dylan described his voice, “a cross between Woody Guthrie and Enrico Caruso”), Jack Prelutsky sings, makes noises, and has an all-around good time setting 24 of his funny poems to music. With a distinctly folksy feel, Prelutsky and chorus are accompanied by a down-home, toe-tapping ensemble, including a banjo, guitar, violin, keyboard, kazoo (played by Prelutsky himself), and even a saw. Prelutsky sings in a wide range of octaves, as suits each poem – sometimes singing way down low, and other times assuming a funny, high-pitched voice (rather like a “woman” in a Monty Python sketch). His playfulness with language is laugh-out-loud funny. Two highlights are “Rat for Lunch”, which is given an appropriately macabre musical setting with minor chord shifts; and “If” which is a send-up of all those heartfelt and earnest 1960’s folk ballads, while playing with homonyms – “If you tell a horse a story, would it be a pony tale?…If you separate two rabbits are you really splitting hares?…[and the guaranteed gut-buster] If you’re followed by a grizzly, do you have a bear behind?” Like the late Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky has been writing humorous poetry for children for over 30 years. Today, he is one of, if not THE most popular children’s poet with kids themselves – and this poetic musical extravaganza makes it easy to see why. If you’ve never heard Prelutsky performing his own poetry this way, treat yourself – and oh yeah, your kids will love it too!

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer