Jack Prelutsky

(8 September 1940 / Brooklyn, New York)

Jack Prelutsky
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Jack Prelutsky is an American writer of children's poetry. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Carolynn.

Early Life

Jack Prelutsky was born on September 8, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York to Charles, an electrician, and Dorothea, a homemaker. While he was still a baby, a fire burned his family's apartment and he was saved by his Uncle Charlie, who was a stand up comic who played the Borscht Belt. He was poor growing up, and he said he was "...a sensitive kid in a working class neighborhood. I got beat up a lot. I was a skinny kid with a big mouth. A bad combination."

He attended local public schools in the Bronx, hated the experience, and was... more »

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  • Imani Walters Imani Walters (2/8/2016 12:30:00 PM)

    Dear Jack Prelutsky,
    Hi my name is Imani Walters and I have been loving your poems ever since I was a little girl.
    your so funny at your poems that when sometimes I read them I am laughing to hard and fall out of my chair.
    I've been wanting to become a funny poet like you. I hope it happens.
    send me a message once you get this letter
    imani

  • Rashmi Dube (7/7/2015 10:58:00 PM)

    Dear Jack Prelutsky:
    We at Madhubun Educational Books (India) are currently working on an ELT series for primary students. We wish to use the following poem in one of our books:
    Deep in Our Refrigerator
    Since the series is meant for primary students, we need to keep the prices low. We'd be greatly obliged therefore, if you could grant us gratis permission to use the said material. We would, of course, give credit as advised by you.
    Please respond at the earliest so that we can go ahead with the process.
    Thanks and regards:
    Rashmi Dube
    Senior Editor
    Madhubun Books (India)

  • Nancy Engebretson (1/20/2014 10:46:00 AM)

    1987 my son drew a picture about Grandma giving underwear for Christmas. He wrote It's Christmas Jakck Prelutsky. Did you write a poem like this? I want to frame this priceless pic with your poem.
    Nancy Engebretson

  • Kaya Bartlett (5/24/2012 6:13:00 AM)

    Jack my class is doing a poetry cafe that is where you tell poems and I am doing In The Cafeteria because I LOVE IT SO MUCH.By the way i am the director.

  • Kaya Bartlett (5/24/2012 6:07:00 AM)

    Hi Jack I love all your poems. This thing I am doing in my class is called Poetry Cafe and every kid in my class is doing one.I am doing In The Cafeteria I love it so much.Then at the end we are doing a class poem and by the way I am the director.
    Love, kaya

  • Lauren Love (12/26/2011 2:13:00 AM)

    He is a creative writer who interests his reader easily with his choice of vocab.

  • Colin Certo (10/11/2007 7:07:00 PM)

    I think Jack Prelutsky is a great poet. Our 5th grade class is doing poems for Halloween on Jack Prelutsky. He is so creative in his poetry. Each one of our classmates has a spooky line. He is a great poet.

  • Brianna Brown (5/1/2006 9:51:00 PM)

    GEEZE! ! ! JACK GETS MAJOR KOODOS FOR HIS WORK! ! HE ROCKS! ! I NEVER THAUGHT I WOULD LIKE POETRY BUT MAN! ! HE TOTALY OPENED A NEW DOOR FOR ME! !

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Best Poem of Jack Prelutsky

Be Glad Your Nose Is On Your Face

Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.

Imagine if your precious nose
were sandwiched in between your toes,
that clearly would not be a treat,
for you'd be forced to smell your feet.

Your nose would be a source of dread
were it attached atop your head,
it soon would drive you to despair,
forever tickled by your hair.

Within your ear, your nose would be
an absolute catastrophe,
for when you were obliged to sneeze,
your brain would rattle from the...

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