Who's Been Sleeping in My Porridge?

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9780763613808: Who's Been Sleeping in My Porridge?

A collection of poems that take a look at the grosser, weirder, funnier side of life, including "A Giant Gorilla Came Up to Me," "Itchy Feet," and "If Ever Aliens."

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The Ballad Of Firtilstern United
Beware The Beastly Bogeyman
Bomb Appetit!
Boxing Day
Coatroom Drama
The Crocodile's Brushing His Teeth
Davy Duff
Dead Certainty
Dead Funny
Don't Stick That Marble Up Your Nose!
Doris The Pirate
The End
Extra! Extra!
Fair Game
Flinch!
The Frogpig
A Giant Gorilla Once Came Up To Me
Giants I Have Known
Good Enough To Eat
A Gottle O'gear
Happy Harry
Here Kitty, Kitty
The Human Beanpole
I Once Saw A Fish Up A Tree
I Ran Away With The Circus
I'm Garglin' In The Rain
If Ever Aliens
If I Were A Bird
If You're Worried 'cause You're Little
The Insult
It Must Be The Devil In Me
Itchy Feet
Jack The Lad
Lazy Maisy's Out Of Bed
The Lion's Den
Mom Is Having A Baby!
The Moon Is Full
Mrs. Mather
My Best Friend, Bob
My Hero
Night Life
Nosher And Rosie Lavender
Nothing Is Worse Than A Frog In The Throat
Oh, The Embarrassment
On Your Head Be It!
Overheard At The T. Rex Taverna
Pig Ignorant
Potty
Quiff
Romeo, O Romeo
Said The Boy To The Dinosaur
Sir Percy Brocklehurst Pocketknife
Smedley Was Deadly
Sometimes I Think You Don't Listen To A Word I Say!
Tall Story
That Little Monster Frankenstein
That's The Way To Do It!
They Call Me Harley. Man, Ah'm Cool!
The Third Worst Pome Wot I Ever Ritted
The Three Ers
To Baldy Go ...
The Trial
The Un'appy Burguller
When I Grow Up
Who's Been Sleeping In My Porridge?
Why Are The Kids So Mean At School?
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

From Publishers Weekly:

"Robot's dead./ Lack of grease./ Parson said,/ 'Rust in peace.' " Working in forms that range from pithy quatrains to two-page mock epics, McNaughton (Making Friends with Frankenstein) offers the elementary school set another survey of the comic verse form. No one can accuse McNaughton of not identifying with his audience or of failing to understand their taste for the rather gross. He cheerfully applies his art to baby and bird poop, marbles stuck up the nose, etc. A few poems are truly inspired, like the lament of a child whose mother has turned into a pirate: "I can't go to school now,/ Because, to be frank,/ Mom will threaten teachers/ With walking the plank!" Unfortunately, this collection is uneven, with many verses devoted to overextended one-liners or tired conceits. What's more, McNaughton's Briticisms may be lost on young audiences here: punch lines refer to Debrett's, Boxing Day and the like. Conversely, the attempted Americanisms fall flat ("They call me Harley./ Man, Ah'm cool!"). The accompanying illustrations provide good comic riffs, although there's not enough of the visual vaudeville that distinguishes McNaughton's best work. Ages 5-10.
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