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Dennis Lee (1) (1939–)

Autor(a) de Alligator Pie

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About the Author

Dennis Lee was born in 1939, in Toronto, Ontario. He received his B.A. and Master's degrees in English from the University of Toronto. He was awarded the 1972 Governor General's Award, one of Canada's highest literary honors, for Civil Elegies and Other Poems. Lee continues to be best known for his mostrar mais collections of cleverly-rhymed children's verse. Wiggle to the Laundromat (1970) was written for his daughters, and drew upon his experiences as a parent. His other books of poems for children include Alligator Pie (1974), one of the best-selling Canadian children's books of all time; Nicholas Knock and Other People (1974); Garbage Delight (1977); and Jelly Belly (1983). He also wrote the lyrics to the theme song of the 1980's television show Fraggle Rock. In 1986 he won the Vicky Metcalf Award and in 1993 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2001 Dennis Lee became Toronoto's first Poet Laureate. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Dennis Lee

Alligator Pie (1974) 514 cópias, 19 resenhas
Dinosaur Dinner (With a Slice of Alligator Pie) (1997) 309 cópias, 25 resenhas
The Ice Cream Store (1991) 267 cópias, 5 resenhas
Garbage Delight (1977) 121 cópias
Jelly Belly (1983) 111 cópias, 2 resenhas
Bubblegum Delicious (2000) 82 cópias, 3 resenhas
An Anthology of Verse (1964) — Editor — 74 cópias, 1 resenha
Civil Elegies (1972) 58 cópias, 1 resenha
The Cat and the Wizard (2001) 41 cópias
Lizzy's Lion (1984) 40 cópias, 1 resenha
Riffs (1993) 21 cópias
So Cool (2004) 19 cópias
Yesno (2007) 18 cópias
Body Music (1998) 16 cópias
Un (2003) 15 cópias
Melvis And Elvis (2015) 11 cópias, 1 resenha
Heart Residence: Collected Poems 1967-2017 (2006) 9 cópias, 1 resenha
Testament (2012) 8 cópias
Nightwatch (1996) 6 cópias
Wiggle to the laundromat (1970) 5 cópias
The Gods (1979) 4 cópias
The ordinary bath (1979) 4 cópias
Zoomberry Board Book (2016) 3 cópias
Good Night, Good Night (2018) 3 cópias
The Dennis Lee Big Book (1986) 2 cópias
Willoughby Wallaby 1 exemplar(es)
Kingdom of Absence 1 exemplar(es)
The Bard of the Universe (2007) 1 exemplar(es)
Rocking Chair (2008) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Labyrinth [1986 film] (1986) — Story — 880 cópias, 13 resenhas
The Children's Treasury: Best Loved Stories and Poems from Around the World (1987) — Contribuinte — 150 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Canadian Children's Treasury (1994) — Contribuinte — 57 cópias
The Unseen: Scary Stories (1994) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 12, August 1977 (1970) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 4, December 1977 (1977) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias


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Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Locais de residência
Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Rating: 2.5 rounded down

Dennis Lee is a much lauded Canadian children’s poet. This is the only one of his books I’ve actually completed. The first poem, “Melvis and Elvis” introduces us to a monster and an elf, each searching the library stacks for a book. The monster wants to read about elves, and the elf, monsters. They fortuitously bang into each other and together find and read a book which features both a monster and an elf, well as lots of nonsense.

There are 33 poems in total, all rhyming, the majority fairly short. A few of the poems are quite clever and a couple address real concerns of children—exasperation at a misbehaving puppy and the need to sleep with a stuffed toy. There’s also a delightful poem, “Apologies to My Most Noble and Excellent Friend,” in which the speaker offers not a single “sorry” but only a series of excuses for his actions: he squeezed his friend’s nose only because he thought it was a garden hose and ripped the other boy’s shirt off when what he really meant was to get the dirt off.

Many of Lee’s poems are simply silly. Not having test driven them in a read-aloud with young children, I’m not entirely sure how they’d go over. Kids do love the nonsensical. However, a few of these pieces aren’t silly so much as they are vague and abstract, especially given the intended audience. Consider the first stanza of “The New Friend”: “If you could like me,/ Like me now,/ As deep as the dreams / In your heart allow.” As deep as the dreams in your heart allow? What does this even mean? What would it mean to a five to eight-year-old? Not much, I’d say. (This is a problem I have with Lee: so much of the word choice seems merely convenient to preserve the rhyming scheme.) Another poem refers to an enchanted place under a tree by the Severn River—a place which made the speaker’s heart (become) “an ache in space.” Again, I ask: what does this actually mean?

I am not a Dennis Lee fan. I also have no fondness for the work of illustrator Jeremy Tankard. His messy, ugly art and preference for bilious green is not to my taste at all.

Yes, there are a few decent poems here, and I can imagine children appreciating the rhythmic nonsense. Overall, though, this isn’t a book that I could really warm to and it’s certainly not one I can recommend.
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fountainoverflows | Jul 1, 2024 |
This book goes through a collection of short poems. Each poem has their own topicand has a silly theme. These poems are all the author, Dennis Lee's, favorite poems

I recommend this fun book to primary students. It is great for new readers as they are short easy reading for the kids to stay! Would love to have this as an option for students in my library.
kthomas22 | outras 24 resenhas | Apr 24, 2024 |
Hilarious book of poems. Lots of great examples of common literary devices like onomatopoeia and alliteration . Would use to model specific examples of literary devices in a poetry unit with k-5th graders.
zrobinson | outras 24 resenhas | Mar 18, 2024 |
This book goes throughs a lot of short poems. Each poem has their own topic and a creative title. These poems are all the author, Dennis Lee's, favorite poems

I recommend this fun book to 1-3 graders. IT provides short easy reading for the kids to stay focused and entertained. This book also provides many different poem options inside one book!
aubreysmithh222 | outras 24 resenhas | Mar 18, 2024 |



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