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Jack Prelutsky

Biography

Jack Prelutsky

I have always enjoyed playing with words, but I had no idea that I would be a writer. There was a time when I couldn't stand poetry! In grade school, I had a teacher who left me with the impression that poetry was the literary equivalent of liver. I was told that it was good for me, but I wasn't convinced. 

When I was a young man, I discovered poetry again and it changed my life. I had spent months drawing several imaginary animals, but one evening I decided to write a little poem to go with each drawing. A friend encouraged me to show the poems to an editor, and when I did, I was astonished to find that the editor -- Susan Hirschman -- thought I had a talent for writing verse. Susan told me I was a natural poet and encouraged me to keep writing. She published my first book and, 30 years later, she's still my editor.

I was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 8, 1940, and now live in Washington State with my wife, Carolynn. I have a studio in my house, which contains my writing desk, computer, lots of books, and my collection of miniature frogs.

For years, Jack Prelutsky's imaginative poems have been turning children into poetry lovers. His silly poems have tickled the most stubborn funny bones, while his scarier verses have been known to raise the little hairs on the back of the neck!

Jack Prelutsky

Books by Jack Prelutsky

Written by Jack Prelutsky, Illustrated by Marylin Hafner - Children (Ages 6-8), Picture, Poetry

These fourteen silly, sweet poems by nationally bestselling author Jack Prelutsky are perfect for Valentine's Day. This Level 4 I Can Read title is ideal for readers who are ready for wordplay, exciting themes, and fun vocabulary words!

Written by Jack Prelutsky, Illustrated by Marylin Hafner - Children's, Holiday, Poetry

Funny poems for beginning readers to put you in the Christmas spirit!

by Jack Prelutsky - Children's, Fiction

Most of the poems are about animals --- some are big and some are small, some have unusual interests, and some are just plain unusual.