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Oh, How Sylvester Can Pester!

And Other Poems More or Less About Manners

Illustrated by Drazen Kozjan

About The Book

Rudeness may be on the rise, but this collection of read-aloud rhymes is just the solution to manners in need of mending! Author Robert Kinerk and illustrator Drazen Kozjan present a not-so-charming cast of characters—from Eleanor Ickity, who is served nothing that she likes to eat, to Sylvester, who can pester and pester and pester—using tongue-in-cheek humor to warn the ill-mannered about the consequences of their shameful behavior. Perfect for storytime or anytime, these playful poems beg to be read aloud again and again.

About The Author

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Robert Kinerk is the author of Clorinda, illustrated by Steven Kellogg, which was an IRA Children's Book Award Notable Book, and about which Booklist said in a starred review, "Much applause for Clorinda." Mr. Kinerk grew up in Alaska and has worked as a journalist and playwright. He now lives with his wife, Anne, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About The Illustrator

Drazen Kozjan is an illustrator and animator.  He helped to develop, design, and storyboard numerous successful cartoons including The Neverending Story, Rupert the Bear, Franklin the Turtle, and George Shrinks, among many others.

He is also the illustrator of Diary of A Fairy Godmother by Esme Raji Codell and the Julia Gillian series by Alison McGhee.  Visit him online at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (March 8, 2011)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442433427
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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