Don't Bump The Glump! And Other Fantasies


This book is filled with poems about oddly-shaped and named animals. For example, "Underslung Zathï" about an animal who needs to take a bath.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

If you are looking for a reading challenge, not just a quick fun story, this is a book you should try.

Content Awareness Factors:

There are lots of weird names for odd-looking animals. It isn't a fun read, and in fact it can get tedious.

Little Kid Reaction

My daughter's comments about the illustrations were that they were funny-looking, with gross animals. She didn't like the odd animal names and most of the poems. In one poem (about catching an animal in a box), she commented that everyone knows that's what you do, so why write a poem?

Parent Reaction

I didn't like this book at all. It was really hard to read. Some of the words were tough to say and most of the poems made no sense. I was surprised that she didn't at least like the pictures. I had to read this to her in about four sittings so she would finish the whole book. I took the opportunity to show her that just because you don't like or understand a book you should still give it a chance and try to pick something positive about it.

Type of Book:
This illustrated collection of humorous poems is the first by award-winning author Shel Silverstein.
Educational Themes:

This is book you can use to explore poetry, humor (what is funny to one person may be boring to another), and unusual animals.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 10
Age of child:
Read with a 5-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a unique type of poetry that won't appeal to everyone.

Title Don't Bump the Glump! And Other Fantasies
Author Shel Silverstein
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 2014
Illustrators Shel Silverstein
ISBN 9780061493386
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Poetry, Humor
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