Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Something Sure Smells Around Here: Limericks

Something Sure Smells Around Here: Limericks

Brian P. Cleary
Illustrator:  Andy Rowland 
For ages 6 to 8
Millbrook Press, 2015   ISBN: 978-1467720441

What do you get when you combine a short rhyming poem with a joke? A limerick. These five line poems always have a rhythm, and the words at the ends of the first, second and last lines always rhyme. Though they are short, these amusing poems always tell a story of some kind that end with a ‘punchline’ that make readers smile, laugh…or groan.

The author of this engaging book begins by offering his readers a description of what a limerick is and how such poems are constructed. In fact he walks us through the process, explaining what the “rules” of limericks are so that readers can write their own. He wraps up by reminding us that we should “have fun” when we are creating limericks.

We then get to see for ourselves how much fun limericks are because the rest of the book is full of these laughter-filled poems. They all tell a humorous little story, and the closing line in each one will certainly put a smile on every reader’s face.

This book is one in a series of titles about the many forms that poems can take.