The Creature in the Classroom

By Jack Prelutsky b. 1940 Jack Prelutsky
It appeared inside our classroom
at a quarter after ten,
it gobbled up the blackboard,
three erasers and a pen.
It gobbled teacher's apple
and it bopped her with the core.
“How dare you!” she responded.
“You must leave us . . . there's the door.”

The Creature didn't listen
but described an arabesque
as it gobbled all her pencils,
seven notebooks and her desk.
Teacher stated very calmly,
“Sir! You simply cannot stay,
I'll report you to the principal
unless you go away!”

But the thing continued eating,
it ate paper, swallowed ink,
as it gobbled up our homework
I believe I saw it wink.
Teacher finally lost her temper.
“OUT!” she shouted at the creature.
The creature hopped beside her
and GLOPP . . . it gobbled teacher.

Text © 2002 Jack Prelutsky. Used by Permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

Source: The Baby Uggs Are Hatching (HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 2002)

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Poet Jack Prelutsky b. 1940

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Activities, School & Learning

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Jack Prelutsky is a creator of inventive poems for children and adults alike. He served as the Poetry Foundation’s Children’s Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2008. Prelutsky grew up in the Bronx, and when he was young he studied classical music; though he gave up pursuing a career as an opera singer to concentrate on writing, he continues to sing.

In a Scholastic.com interview, when asked where his ideas come from, Prelutsky said, . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, School & Learning

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

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