Review: There Once Was a Man From the USA – 50 State Limericks by Joshua Kraushar

Posted: November 6, 2013 in Children's, Reviews, Young Adult
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Author: Joshua Kraushar

Published in 2013 by Outskirts Press

Reader Category:  Children’s/Young Adult

Synopsis:  There Once Was A Man From the U.S.A. is a book of limericks about each of the fifty states in alphabetical order.   The book contains several illustrations from the talented Victoria Rose Weiss.  Many of the limericks have very little connection with the states mentioned but some are directly related to several of the others.  Although it may seem simplistic to use the same rhyme scheme, it turned out to be much harder than one would think.  Try rhyming words with Massachusetts, (not that’s something that you would normally do) and you might find it more difficult than you would imagine.  If you are a child, a teen or a geographically challenged adult who needs an easy way to remember the fifty states, this may be the book for you.

My Review:  From the very first limerick I was hooked.  Some of them are laugh out loud funny while not always appropriate for the younger reader.  The others are simply entertaining.  As most of them don’t have direct connections to their state, I was a little concerned about them sticking with me.  But the fact that they are funny and entertaining, led me to read them over and over again.

So, did this book help teach me about geography?  Not sure.  However I do think that the entertainment value of this book will help encourage young readers to take an interest in learning the 50 states.

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