Uncle Switch: Loony Limericks

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McElderry Books, 1997 - American poetry - 32 pages
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Laugh-provoking limericks about a mixed-up character!

Uncle Switch never does anything the way other folks do. For example, Uncle Switch, wearing whiskers and fur, /Is determined to practice his purr./He solicits advice/On how best to catch mice/From a cat he addresses as "Sir".

In this collection of truly loony limericks, X. J. Kennedy, the widely known and much loved poet and light versifier, has created absurd, upside-down situations that will tickle the funny bones of all who read or hear them. Together with The New Yorker cartoonist John O'Brien's equally lunatic illustrations, this is a book sure to have young readers and their elders in stitches.

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How many times have you done something backwards? Well, in this book, "Uncle Switch: Loony Limericks," does things backwards all the time. He will milk the pup and walk the cow. He also asks a cat to ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Widely anthologized, Kennedy's poetry may not be as influential among contemporary poets as others' because of his preference for, in his words, "old-fangled structures most poets have junked these days." As Kennedy's comments on his verse suggest, his poetry is witty, concise, and unpretentious. His subject matter is drawn from the everyday including his Catholic background and middle-class suburban life. Yet his concerns can be profound including death, violence, suicide, and Genesis.

Jane O'Connor and John O'Brien also collaborated on the companion title "Sir Small and the Dragonfly," They both live in New York City.

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