The Swamps of Sleethe by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Jimmy Pickering.
Climb into your spaceship and travel from one strange world to another, each with some strange twist and surprise. It’s a trip that only Prelutsky could take you on with his signature mix of poetic humor and chills. Each world is captured with a single poem that is paired with illustrations by Pickering which are equally funny and dark. Part of the fun of the book is unscrambling the planets names into words that describe them. Pure word fun from beginning to end!
Prelutsky takes readers from icy planets to dangerous forests. You will visit planets with water you should not drink and planets with air you should not breathe. Danger lurks around every corner, usually in surprising places with even more astonishing results. This book is dark, showing one way after another to die on distant planets. Middle-school and early elementary children will embrace it. It’s not for preschoolers.
If you are asked to read for a 4th or 5th grade class, this book would be a perfect read aloud. You will get gasps and giggles often at the same time. Appropriate for ages 8-12.
Reviewed from copy received from publisher.
Also reviewed by A Patchwork of Books.