Official Review: A-Z of Animal Limericks by Kate Condon

Use this section to discuss drama books and poetry books. Drama includes plays but not novels. This includes work by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Miller etc. Poetry anthologies can also go here.
User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 7348
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
2017 Reading Goal: 52
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 50
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 307
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bookowlie.html
Latest Review: Boomer rhymes cuckoo as a trump hairdo by Tom J Davis

Official Review: A-Z of Animal Limericks by Kate Condon

Post by bookowlie » 22 May 2018, 15:49

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A-Z of Animal Limericks" by Kate Condon.]
Book Cover
3 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


A to Z of Animal Limericks is a poetry collection written by Kate Condon and illustrated by Mr. 7 (I assume that’s his pen name). It is a 138-page book of limericks that are grouped in alphabetical order by the first letter of the featured animal. Most of the sections feature 5-10 limericks.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with this poetry style, a limerick is a 5-line poem in which lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyme and lines 3 and 4 rhyme. Normally, lines 1, 2, and 5 should each contain 7-10 syllables and lines 3 and 4 should have 5-7 syllables each. This type of poetry is supposed to be funny in a nonsensical sort of way. Usually, a limerick starts with the phrase “There once was a,” but that’s not the case in this book.

I enjoyed this light-hearted collection. Some of the limericks contain clever phrasing and others made me laugh out loud. One of the standouts is about a boy who took a flea to school. After his schoolmates called him a fool, he got the last laugh as they began itching.

There is a wide range of animals included in the book. Although common animals are represented, there are a number of unusual animals, too. I was pleasantly surprised to read about creatures I never even heard of, such as cormorant, lyrebird, and okapi.

The black-and-white sketched illustrations are limited to an animal associated with the letter at the beginning of each grouping; a very small version of the same picture is also shown on each page of the same category. I was disappointed that there were not more pictures throughout the story and that they weren’t in color. The humorous aspect of this type of poetry lends itself well to accompanying artwork. I thick colorful pictures for at least some of the limericks would have greatly enhanced the reading experience.

The humor is apparent, although some parts might be too sophisticated for children. Many of the words are advanced, such as anthropomorphise, flayed, fuselage, and hirsute. Also, since there aren’t any illustrations that relate to specific limericks, it’s confusing when an unfamiliar animal is discussed.

Although the book is geared for all ages, I would think the alphabet format would be appeal to kids more than adults. However, be warned one of the limericks contains language completely unsuitable for children, even though the phrase is shown as an acronym. As a result, it would be better for parents to read this book aloud to children, so that they can skip over that limerick.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The poems are light-hearted and provide a nice escape from more serious reading. If illustrations would have been added for at least some of the limericks, I think it would have made the book more enjoyable. That being said, the sketched illustrations at the beginning of each section are beautifully detailed. I would recommend this book to readers who appreciate silly poetry. However, some of the limericks may be difficult for children to understand due to the sophisticated word choices and phrasing.

******
A-Z of Animal Limericks
View: on Bookshelves

Like bookowlie's review? Post a comment saying so!
"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship" - Louisa May Alcott

User avatar
Sahani Nimandra
Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 967
Joined: 27 Nov 2017, 22:49
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 5
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 93
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 180
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... >Emotional Intelligence</a>
Currently Reading: Refugee
Bookshelf Size: 375
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-sahani-nimandra.html
Latest Review: Toni the Superhero by R.D. Base
Location: Sri Lanka

Post by Sahani Nimandra » 16 Jun 2018, 23:54

A book as this needs to have a captivating illustration through each page. It is not only about the content it is also the way how you present the content. Very informative. Thank you for your review!
Happiness is a cup of coffee and a good book!

User avatar
gen_g
Posts: 772
Joined: 22 Apr 2018, 10:31
Currently Reading: Native Girl Rites
Bookshelf Size: 35
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-gen-g.html
Latest Review: Best Evidence by Mark S. Osaki

Post by gen_g » 17 Jun 2018, 01:10

Thank you for your amazing and informative review! It seems like a lighthearted and fun read to while away some time.

User avatar
Suzy1611
Posts: 54
Joined: 17 May 2018, 08:48
Currently Reading: Final Notice
Bookshelf Size: 49
Reading Device: B00KC6I06S

Post by Suzy1611 » 17 Jun 2018, 01:23

Limericks are sometimes funny and cute. And a added plus for the sketches.
Thanks for the age appropriate mentions, and a good review.

User avatar
gali
Site Admin
Posts: 30818
Joined: 22 Oct 2013, 07:12
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 69
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 105
Favorite Author: Agatha Christie
Currently Reading: 14
Bookshelf Size: 1817
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-gali.html
Reading Device: B00I15SB16
fav_author_id: 2484
Location: Lost in a good book

Post by gali » 17 Jun 2018, 02:16

A a poetry collection written in the format of limericks sounds nice. I agree that the alphabet format would appeal to kids more than adults. Is it a kids' book? It is odd that some of the limericks contain unsuitable language for children. Too bad there were not enough illustrations. Not my cup of tea, but I am glad you enjoyed it. Splendid review!
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)

User avatar
ParadoxicalWoman
Posts: 350
Joined: 25 Oct 2017, 06:42
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 19
Currently Reading: Devils Mark
Bookshelf Size: 178
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-paradoxicalwoman.html
Latest Review: The Altitude Journals by David J Mauro
Location: Malaysia

Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 17 Jun 2018, 06:03

Sounds interesting. I think it might be good idea to have some sophisticated words to improve the children's vocabulary if their parent or the guardian is willing to offer explanation to them. However, too many sophisticated words than the easy ones can cause frustration to the children from enjoying this book. As for me, I hope I will be given the chance to read this book to unleash my childishness. Thank you for such informative review.
"Read in order to live." ~Gustave Flaubert
"Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 7348
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
2017 Reading Goal: 52
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 50
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 307
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bookowlie.html
Latest Review: Boomer rhymes cuckoo as a trump hairdo by Tom J Davis

Post by bookowlie » 17 Jun 2018, 08:11

Thanks everyone! It would have been better to include an illustration for each poem rather than one small picture of an animal for each alphabet letter. Kids would love having more artwork, plus several of the animals written about are not common. Having a picture would help identifiy what type of animal it is.
"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship" - Louisa May Alcott

User avatar
Helen_Combe
Posts: 1559
Joined: 18 Feb 2018, 12:17
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 142
Favorite Book: The Martian
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 134
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-helen-combe.html
Latest Review: A Summer Again by George Rothery
Reading Device: B00M4L4MFC
Location: Solihull, UK

Post by Helen_Combe » 17 Jun 2018, 11:38

Great review, it sounds like a book for adults who are in touch with their inner child, rather than a children’s book.
A thesaurus is necessary, essential, indispensable, vital, crucial and fundamental.

User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 5117
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
2018 Reading Goal: 115
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 55
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 94
Currently Reading: End of the Last Great Kingdom
Bookshelf Size: 192
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kandscreeley.html
Latest Review: 2079 by Donald P Robin

Post by kandscreeley » 18 Jun 2018, 08:55

It does sound like more pictures would have been better. Still, it sounds like a fun collection and a great introduction to limericks! Glad you got to review this one. Thanks for your introduction to the book.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway

User avatar
SamSim
Posts: 465
Joined: 02 Apr 2018, 10:51
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 17
Currently Reading: Seven at Two Past Five
Bookshelf Size: 171
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-samsim.html
Latest Review: Zertone by Amanda K. Rivers
Reading Device: B00IKPYKWG
Location: Kentucky

Post by SamSim » 18 Jun 2018, 10:28

I'm not thrilled about the 1 inappropriate-for-kids limerick, although, to be fair, there is a tradition of limericks being inappropriate and this book doesn't claim to be for kids in the first place. I still think this sounds like it would be so much fun to read aloud to my kids. Thanks for the great review!
Samantha Simoneau

“But upon the stage of life, while conscience claps, let the world hiss! On the contrary if conscience disapproves, the loudest applauses of the world are of little value."
~John Adams :greetings-clapyellow:

User avatar
Nmesoma
Posts: 118
Joined: 24 May 2018, 10:45
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 26
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 24
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-nmesoma.html
Latest Review: Dragon Born by Ela Lourenco

Post by Nmesoma » 19 Jun 2018, 14:02

Learning about animals with poetry? Yeah, who wouldn't want that. Thanks for your detailed review; it was over the top

User avatar
daniya__shah3
Posts: 215
Joined: 17 May 2018, 07:56
Currently Reading: Wuthering Heights
Bookshelf Size: 24
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-daniya-shah3.html
Latest Review: Arabic Language Learning By Medical & Para-Medical Staff. by Prof. Dr. Anil K. Sahni

Post by daniya__shah3 » 19 Jun 2018, 14:27

This sounds like a cute and interesting read, reminds me of the time when I used to read limericks and haikus as a kid.
"We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars."
-Oscar Wilde

User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 7348
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
2017 Reading Goal: 52
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 50
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 307
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bookowlie.html
Latest Review: Boomer rhymes cuckoo as a trump hairdo by Tom J Davis

Post by bookowlie » 19 Jun 2018, 14:53

SamSim wrote:
18 Jun 2018, 10:28
I'm not thrilled about the 1 inappropriate-for-kids limerick, although, to be fair, there is a tradition of limericks being inappropriate and this book doesn't claim to be for kids in the first place. I still think this sounds like it would be so much fun to read aloud to my kids. Thanks for the great review!
I agree there is a tradition for limericks to be bawdy, but the acronym I am referring is wildy inappropriate (a curse word). While it's true that the book is specifically labelled for kids, it seems like the subject matter is more for children as the book is in an alphabet format and all about animals.
"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship" - Louisa May Alcott

User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 7348
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
2017 Reading Goal: 52
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 50
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 307
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bookowlie.html
Latest Review: Boomer rhymes cuckoo as a trump hairdo by Tom J Davis

Post by bookowlie » 19 Jun 2018, 14:55

I just noticed an error in my review. Hanging my head in shame... :cry:
"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship" - Louisa May Alcott

User avatar
SamSim
Posts: 465
Joined: 02 Apr 2018, 10:51
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 17
Currently Reading: Seven at Two Past Five
Bookshelf Size: 171
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-samsim.html
Latest Review: Zertone by Amanda K. Rivers
Reading Device: B00IKPYKWG
Location: Kentucky

Post by SamSim » 19 Jun 2018, 16:12

bookowlie wrote:
19 Jun 2018, 14:55
I just noticed an error in my review. Hanging my head in shame... :cry:
Been there - but we're our own worst critics, so no worries. :roll:
Samantha Simoneau

“But upon the stage of life, while conscience claps, let the world hiss! On the contrary if conscience disapproves, the loudest applauses of the world are of little value."
~John Adams :greetings-clapyellow:

Post Reply

Return to “Drama and Poetry Books”