Something Sure Smells Around Here


From the Series Poetry Adventures

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

What do you get when you combine a poem and a joke? A limerick! These five-line rhyming poems are funny, silly, and sly. Award-winning author Brian P. Cleary explains how limericks work—and shows how these little poems can trigger big laughs. Something Sure Smells Around Here is packed with hilarious poems to make you chuckle and chortle. And when you’ve finished reading, you can try your hand at writing your own limericks!

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-01-01
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF042000, JNF042010, JNF029000
Dewey 808.1'75
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 740
Guided Reading Level O
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, and Reviewed

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: Andy Rowland

While studying for a degree in Manchester, Andy Rowland accepted his first drawing award, the Macmillan Children's Book Prize. Years later, he has more than twenty published books to his name. He lives in England.


Kenn Nesbitt, Children's Poet Laureate

“Get your pencils out! Brian P. Cleary makes writing limericks easy enough for anyone. I wish I’d had this book when I was a kid; I would have started writing poems a lot sooner.” —Kenn Nesbitt, Children’s Poet Laureate


“Steering artfully away from content either raunchy or banal, Cleary offers a sampler of 26 original limericks animated by puns and wordplay.”―Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“[Cleary] continues his light romp through poetic forms in the third installment of the Poetry Adventures series…this time focusing on a cornerstone of the nonsense verse world that seems made for him: the limerick. Inviting illustrations and offbeat topics showcase limericks aplenty for amusement or poetic inspiration.”―Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“An amusing, whimsical flavor runs through all of the selections here, and cute, colorful cartoon drawings accompany each offering, making this a wonderfully ridiculous collection.”—School Library Journal