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Adventures in Poetry

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Come romp with me amongst the words/Come play amongst the phrases/Swing and climb from pun to rhyme/And hop through versey mazes. Swim through rivers thick with thought/Rejoice from head to toe-etry. Beat your drums and shake your bums/And dance the dance of poetry. From the author of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical™ series, this playful poetry collection includes limericks, puns, palindromes, and more. Short annotations explain the various forms and terms of poetry used.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Copyright 2004
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 88
Publication Date 2004-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.4
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF042010, JNF042000, JNF029000
Dewey 808.1
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Features Awards, Index, Reviewed, and Source notes

Author: Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is an American humorist, poet, and author. He is best known for his books written for grade-school children that explore grammar, math and poetry in humorous ways. In his role in the digital division of American Greetings, he's put words in the mouths of Dolly Parton, Christina Aguilera, William Shatner, Meghan Trainor and more. The multi-million selling author has performed poetry workshops in 500 elementary schools across the county. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Illustrator: Neal Layton


  • CBC Children's Choices, Winner, 2004
  • SSLI Book Award Honor Book, Commended, 2004



“Cleary knows just what topics to put into verse. . . ensuring giggles and guffaws along with his information about verse form and function.”

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“. . . a curricular dream. . . offers readaloud and recitation pleasures to even the most irreverent youngsters.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Publishers Weekly

“Full of puns and silly jokes, Cleary here does for poetry what his Words Are Categorical series does for grammar. . . the verses are clever and comical, and youngsters who may be intimidated by poetry may well warm up to its playful presentation here.”
Publishers Weekly