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(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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  • 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.

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