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It's a zoo in here! Have you ever... Seen a Gritchen in your kitchen? Dared to dance with the One-Legged Zantz? Declined to dine with the Glub-Toothed Sline? You haven't? Well then, step inside - but only if you are ready to be amazed, tickled, astonished and entertained by this most unusual bestiary of silly and scary creatures.Shel Silverstein combined his unique imagination and bcreatures.Shelhere! It's a zoo in here! Have you ever... Seen a Gritchen in your kitchen? Dared to dance with the One-Legged Zantz? Declined to dine with the Glub-Toothed Sline? You haven't? Well then, step inside - but only if you are ready to be amazed, tickled, astonished and entertained by this most unusual bestiary of silly and scary creatures.Shel Silverstein combined his unique imagination and bold brand of humor for his first poetry collection - the only one he illustrated in full color. Now available again after three decades, DON'T BUMP THE GLUMP! and Other Fantasies was originally published in 1964, the same year as his most famous picture book, THE GIVING TREE.


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It's a zoo in here! Have you ever... Seen a Gritchen in your kitchen? Dared to dance with the One-Legged Zantz? Declined to dine with the Glub-Toothed Sline? You haven't? Well then, step inside - but only if you are ready to be amazed, tickled, astonished and entertained by this most unusual bestiary of silly and scary creatures.Shel Silverstein combined his unique imagination and bcreatures.Shelhere! It's a zoo in here! Have you ever... Seen a Gritchen in your kitchen? Dared to dance with the One-Legged Zantz? Declined to dine with the Glub-Toothed Sline? You haven't? Well then, step inside - but only if you are ready to be amazed, tickled, astonished and entertained by this most unusual bestiary of silly and scary creatures.Shel Silverstein combined his unique imagination and bold brand of humor for his first poetry collection - the only one he illustrated in full color. Now available again after three decades, DON'T BUMP THE GLUMP! and Other Fantasies was originally published in 1964, the same year as his most famous picture book, THE GIVING TREE.

30 review for Don't Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette "Astute Crabbist"

    This is Shel Silverstein's very first poetry collection. The poems and artwork may seem a bit primitive if you've been dazzled by his later work, but it was a good start. The illustrations are strange lumpish watercolors, not particularly impressive, but some of them are entertaining. Here are my two favorite poems: THE CONSIDERATE SOFT-SHELLED PHIZZINT You'll never know an animal more considerate of human feelings than the Soft-Shelled Phizzint. Someone has mistaken this one This is Shel Silverstein's very first poetry collection. The poems and artwork may seem a bit primitive if you've been dazzled by his later work, but it was a good start. The illustrations are strange lumpish watercolors, not particularly impressive, but some of them are entertaining. Here are my two favorite poems: THE CONSIDERATE SOFT-SHELLED PHIZZINT You'll never know an animal more considerate of human feelings than the Soft-Shelled Phizzint. Someone has mistaken this one for a pincushion and he's too polite to say he isn't. OOPS! We've been caught by a Quick-Digesting Gink And now we are dodging his teeth And now we're restin' In his small intestine, And now we're back out on the street....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Roanna Benfield

    Well, firstly I can't really say anything wrong about this book for me. This is probably because my Grandparents had a copy and every time we went round theirs my Grandad would read them to me and my sister. The book has so many good memories for me and I love it. I love the way that the poetry opens up a new world for the reader and although the poetry does seem more suited for younger children I still enjoy reading them immensely.

  3. 4 out of 5

    DyolF Dixon

    Don’t Bump the Glump and other Fantasies by Shel Silverstein is a collection of humorous and silly poems. One creature called the book a zoo. The poet uses alliteration, assonance and repetition. He uses sound effects to add to the “irritation” made by the way his strange creatures look. The illustrations are of creatures that look funny and might even be a little scary. There is one creature in color with a poem on each page. The pages have more white space than the creatures and the poetr Don’t Bump the Glump and other Fantasies by Shel Silverstein is a collection of humorous and silly poems. One creature called the book a zoo. The poet uses alliteration, assonance and repetition. He uses sound effects to add to the “irritation” made by the way his strange creatures look. The illustrations are of creatures that look funny and might even be a little scary. There is one creature in color with a poem on each page. The pages have more white space than the creatures and the poetry combined. The poet sends out images and words that make you not want to see, smell, or touch them especially in the dark of night. Each poem has at least two lines that rhyme. The rhymes are contrived. The creatures’ names are made up. These poems are good for practicing phonics. The age level for this book is k-4. After this book is read a few times, it should be left out to see if the students can phonetically pronounce the names of the creatures. This poet is showing poems in a new and fresh way. His message is poetry can change the rules anytime it wants. This mean the poets make their own rules and that means there are no rules in poetry.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    K-5th Grades This is Shel Silverstein's first poetry collection and it has all the humor and irreverence that we expect from this author. Children will and have loved this collection because of the way the book makes them use there imaginations when reading these poems about all these fictional creatures. The text is large and easy to read with a lot of white space around it and very little puncuation. The illustrations bring a look to these creatures to help the reader visualize the abstra K-5th Grades This is Shel Silverstein's first poetry collection and it has all the humor and irreverence that we expect from this author. Children will and have loved this collection because of the way the book makes them use there imaginations when reading these poems about all these fictional creatures. The text is large and easy to read with a lot of white space around it and very little puncuation. The illustrations bring a look to these creatures to help the reader visualize the abstract cratures that Silverstein writes about. This collection is a classic that children will continue to enjoy. Language Arts/Science- A lesson can be developed about creatures that are obscure to kids that they can learn about. Compare some of those animals with fictional creatures tha Silverstein writes about.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Shel Silverstein really knows the rules of poetry. He has flawless rhymes - unless he wants to play with them and break them, and then it works because he knows the rules so well. Some of these are super short, yet he always gets something across whether it's in a 2 page or 2 line poem. Love his imagination.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    My 5 year old and I just read this for the first time and laughed and giggled all the way through. So if you're a fan of good ole Shel, then this book might be just the book for you! ;) ok I'll leave the rhyming to the professionals! Loved the color drawings and the poems were great.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jon(athan) Nakapalau

    Oh how I wish Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss would have done books with each other! This book did remind me of Dr. Seuss.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chandler Jordahl

    This was Shel Silverstein's first collection of poems. All of poems feature various creatures and plenty of rhymes. The poems are paired with illustrations, however they are very simple and tend to appear like blobs of color. While there was nothing wrong with these poems, they did not "wow me" like Shel Silverstein's later work. Young children would enjoy the silly language and made up creatures, as you really need to use your imagination. I would recommend for PreK-grade 2.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I love shel Silverstein. His nonsensical words are always amusing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Punk

    Adorable. Poems about made up creatures, most accompanied by a watercolor illustration. I'm a big fan of Shel Silverstein. As a kid I listened to his recording of Where the Sidewalk Ends countless times. The stuff in here was originally published in Playboy in the 1960s, then collected into a book in 1992, but I somehow only found it yesterday. Not a problem though. It's still delightful. A lot of the rhymes and animals remind me of Edward Gorey's creatures, though some are complete Lewis Carroll nonsens Adorable. Poems about made up creatures, most accompanied by a watercolor illustration. I'm a big fan of Shel Silverstein. As a kid I listened to his recording of Where the Sidewalk Ends countless times. The stuff in here was originally published in Playboy in the 1960s, then collected into a book in 1992, but I somehow only found it yesterday. Not a problem though. It's still delightful. A lot of the rhymes and animals remind me of Edward Gorey's creatures, though some are complete Lewis Carroll nonsense. My favorites were The Considerate Soft-Shelled Phizzint, The Zumbies, Gumplegutch, and especially the Quick-Disguising Ginnit, who looks exactly like a lizard pretending to be a cowboy hat. Four stars. Short & silly rhyming poems with wonderful color illustrations. Probably good for reading aloud if you work through the pronunciation on your own first.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gauri

    This is the fifth Silverstein book I've read to my brother before bedtime. This one wasn't as fun for us, and we found that a couple of times, we couldn't figure out what was funny. This book is a set of poems about fictional monsters or wild creatures that Silverstein made up, all with funny names. I think the fun of it was meant to be that it would be fun to hear all of the names out loud and have them rhyme with other English words, but other than this routine, there wasn't that much content. This is the fifth Silverstein book I've read to my brother before bedtime. This one wasn't as fun for us, and we found that a couple of times, we couldn't figure out what was funny. This book is a set of poems about fictional monsters or wild creatures that Silverstein made up, all with funny names. I think the fun of it was meant to be that it would be fun to hear all of the names out loud and have them rhyme with other English words, but other than this routine, there wasn't that much content. I think the charm of Silverstein's poems is that he portrays life experiences with a sense of humor and in a whimsical way, which appeals to children and adults alike. This was just a book about animals. Not bad, but not great.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alma Diaz

    Dont Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies by Shel Silverstein is a collection of silly poems. The book is illustrated with funny and scary colored creatures in each page. This story is a poetry book, but the rhymes in this story are contrived. There are about four to six lines on each page and they describe what is going in each page and who are the creatures in the story. Although there are different poems in the stroy they all have a connnection, they are all made up and they all have a differe Dont Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies by Shel Silverstein is a collection of silly poems. The book is illustrated with funny and scary colored creatures in each page. This story is a poetry book, but the rhymes in this story are contrived. There are about four to six lines on each page and they describe what is going in each page and who are the creatures in the story. Although there are different poems in the stroy they all have a connnection, they are all made up and they all have a different unique name. Shel Silverstein introduced a new way to view poetry, through this book he sends out a message, he is diplaying that poetry had no rules and it can read, written, and displayed in many different ways.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brenna Mclean

    Don't Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies is Shel Silverstein's first book of poetry. It is directed for children and contains his usual silly, imaginary situations that kids enjoy reading. This is Shel's only book that was publishes with colored illustrations throughout the entire book. Even though that is completely unusual for Shel, it is still a fun read with so many humorous poems that force people to use their imaginations for these bizarre situations. I love Shel's style of writing. It is Don't Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies is Shel Silverstein's first book of poetry. It is directed for children and contains his usual silly, imaginary situations that kids enjoy reading. This is Shel's only book that was publishes with colored illustrations throughout the entire book. Even though that is completely unusual for Shel, it is still a fun read with so many humorous poems that force people to use their imaginations for these bizarre situations. I love Shel's style of writing. It is perfect for teachers and parents to give to young readers to enjoy. These poems are funny and exciting, and allow these kids to step away from serious poetry and have fun with it. Shel is famous for that. He helps readers have fun and let go of their worries.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Waldorff

    Don't Bump the Glump! proved to be an entertaining read that I shared with my 10 year old brother. This collection of verses has Shel's subtle humor combined with more blaring colored illustrations. I'm more used to Shel's pen-and-ink, but I really did enjoy the bright watercolor and pen. (If you were using this as a unit study, an activity that would go along nicely would be the 'find a shape' in water color splashes.) Being full of crazy monsters and implausible situations, this book is a co Don't Bump the Glump! proved to be an entertaining read that I shared with my 10 year old brother. This collection of verses has Shel's subtle humor combined with more blaring colored illustrations. I'm more used to Shel's pen-and-ink, but I really did enjoy the bright watercolor and pen. (If you were using this as a unit study, an activity that would go along nicely would be the 'find a shape' in water color splashes.) Being full of crazy monsters and implausible situations, this book is a collection of zany poetry. Great as a solitary read or as a read aloud in pieces (or all at once)!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Luann

    This is a Shel Silverstein I hadn't read. On the cover it says that it was his first poetry collection. I can see a few flashes of his future brilliance here, but most of the poems just seem silly. They are fun to read aloud, though. I would like to read some of them with children and see the response. Here's one I liked: THE WILD GAZITE Late last night I'd a terrible fight With a wild Gazite With eyes of white And a fifty-foot height And he gave me This is a Shel Silverstein I hadn't read. On the cover it says that it was his first poetry collection. I can see a few flashes of his future brilliance here, but most of the poems just seem silly. They are fun to read aloud, though. I would like to read some of them with children and see the response. Here's one I liked: THE WILD GAZITE Late last night I'd a terrible fight With a wild Gazite With eyes of white And a fifty-foot height And he gave me a fright When he gave me a bite And then squeezed me so tight. But I fixed him, alright-- I turned on the light!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brady Ross

    This book is a poetry, and it is by Shel Silverstein. This book is a great for poetry because it has a lot of poems to read and you could read this in thirty minutes. My favorite one is " The One-Legged Zantz" it says "Please be kind to the One-Legged Zantz. Consider his feelings- Don't ask him to Dance. Yes, I recommend this book because it has a lot of funny poems.

  17. 5 out of 5

    David

    Not all of the poems in this little bestiary of critters are inspired; the illustrations are also of variable quality. But it is charming, nevertheless. If one hadn't already guessed that the author was not a Christian, I think the following poem would be a dead giveaway. THE TERRIBLE FEEZUS There is a terrible twenty-foot Feezus. Shhh ... I don't think he sees us.

  18. 4 out of 5

    MaryEllen Biechele

    Surprisingly, this is Shel Silverstein's first book of poetry! It was originally published in 1964 in the same year as "The Giving Tree," and it was re-released decades later. Students will love to read this book of poetry by the author of, "Where the Sidewalk Ends" because Silverstein is the author that woke them up to the joys of poetry. The creativity and the rhyme scattered throughout will draw the children in and keep their attention. Each imaginative creature is colorfully depicted in illu Surprisingly, this is Shel Silverstein's first book of poetry! It was originally published in 1964 in the same year as "The Giving Tree," and it was re-released decades later. Students will love to read this book of poetry by the author of, "Where the Sidewalk Ends" because Silverstein is the author that woke them up to the joys of poetry. The creativity and the rhyme scattered throughout will draw the children in and keep their attention. Each imaginative creature is colorfully depicted in illustrations and text. Each reader can pick their favorite, but I am a big fan of The Bibely. It eats boys and girls so the author recommends disguising children with ordinary food like ketchup that The Bibely would never eat. I also like the Gritchen who lives in the Kitchen. This creature is unique looking, and he hangs out with some equally frightening cohorts. In my classroom, I could think of several ways to use this book. First, the students could compare and contrast this poetry writing to the later works by Shel Silverstein that they are already familiar with from their past reading. Additionally, this book would be a brilliant selection for a creative writing project where students could write about the creatures described the poems. Each page presents a new, character that would interest students across many grade levels! Lastly, this book would be an engaging and relevant way to assess decoding skills with many of the nonsense words Silverstein uses throughout the book. Any of these activities would capture and inspire the imagination of students!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Pitts

    This is one of the few Shel Silverstein books that I had not read as a kid. I saw it in a bookstore one day and I immediately picked it up. This time Shel reminds me a little of Dr. Seuss. He creates his animals and has a short poem describing each of them. Despite my love for Shel and his amazing poetry I found this book a little lacking. It did not have the appeal or the emotion that I usually get out of Shel's poems. I did still enjoy it, and the creatures were fun. I would still recommend th This is one of the few Shel Silverstein books that I had not read as a kid. I saw it in a bookstore one day and I immediately picked it up. This time Shel reminds me a little of Dr. Seuss. He creates his animals and has a short poem describing each of them. Despite my love for Shel and his amazing poetry I found this book a little lacking. It did not have the appeal or the emotion that I usually get out of Shel's poems. I did still enjoy it, and the creatures were fun. I would still recommend this book to friends as it is really enjoyable.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erika L.

    Before doing this for Toddler Storytime, I had marked a few of the pages that I wanted to read for the kids since it's national poetry month. While I thought the poems were funny, and the parents laughed throughout, the kids did not find it funny at all. The kids actually thought a few of the poems were scary, so I stopped and went on to singing a song with them. I gave it two stars because I would love to try the poems with an older age group, but I will definitely not use it for Toddler Storyt Before doing this for Toddler Storytime, I had marked a few of the pages that I wanted to read for the kids since it's national poetry month. While I thought the poems were funny, and the parents laughed throughout, the kids did not find it funny at all. The kids actually thought a few of the poems were scary, so I stopped and went on to singing a song with them. I gave it two stars because I would love to try the poems with an older age group, but I will definitely not use it for Toddler Storytime again.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    From famed author Shel Silverstein comes a collection of poems, based on unique illustrations about watching out for, laughing at, or enjoying the whimsical and silliness of the glump as well as other fantastical beasts/creatures! Leaves a lot to your own imagination Great read alike for Dr. Seuss fans!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maddy Roth

    Genre: Poetry Date: 11-21 Grade Range: 2-5 This is a delightful collection of poems by Shel Silverstein. Some of the poems are short and easy while others are longer and have more nonsense words in them like Gleeech or Gheli or Zrbangdraldnk. The illustrations are just as entertaining as the poems are. These are great for a laugh and will be great to introduce kids to poetry.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Haley

    This is a fun book! I’ve read a lot of Shel Silverstein books before, but I have never seen this one until now. I think this book would be useful in k-4 classrooms. It is a book full of poetry and colors! It would be great to use when working on alliteration, assonance and repetition. It could also be useful in learning phonics.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andria Davis

    This is Shel Silverstein's first poetry collection. It is full of nonsensical poetry. I thought this book was ok. I enjoy some nonsensical poems but others I don't feel are enjoyable to read. Children may like this book because of the stories and pictures of nonsense characters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katie Johnson

    Although a bit creepy at times, the illustrations added so much to the short poems. These poems were humorous and silly which made them enjoyable. The creativity contained in this book is beautiful.

  26. 4 out of 5

    One more, please!

    Perfect book to read at the table over breakfast. My kids really enjoyed the poems and the absurdity that is scattered throughout. The illustrations and silly rhymes kept them engaged and begging for just one more page.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kaylee Fletcher

    Love the creativity of the creatures and the humor in the poetry. I think this is a great way to show children how poems can be written in different ways. Trait: Word choice Guided Reading: R DRA: 40

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Piper

    Not my favorite of his books ... BUT as always I love the illustrations AND I love the zoo/animal theme. And I think “The Flying Festoon” is my favorite 🙂

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Marshall

    Love Shel Silverstein! This was a great addition to his work. I’ve read the hilarious poems to my students and own children as well.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Poetry #2: This is a wonderful book by Shel Silverstein. It reminds me of Dr. Seuss's illustrations. This would be a very fun book for children to use during a poetry unit.

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