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The Swamps of Sleethe

By Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

This grim collection is too scary for the youngest kids.

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Sure, Prelutsky is talented -- he's the Poetry Foundation's Children's Poet Laureate for a reason -- but he must have put together this collection on a really lousy day. A little more humor and a little less negativity might have saved the book but as it is, it's not something you want kids to grab off the shelf for a little pre-bedtime reading.

The illustrations are appropriate to the content -- smart, sometimes funny, and always creepy. Maybe the best way to read this book is to dip in and out. Maybe a poem or two in the afternoon while the sun is shining and all is mostly right in the world. Kind of like avoiding a horror moving when no one is home and it's storming -- it's all about context.

Book Details

  • Author: Jack Prelutsky
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Publication date: March 10, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Last updated: January 31, 2020

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