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The Turkey Shot out of the Oven

by Jack Prelutsky
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The Turkey Shot out of the Oven by Jack Prelutsky

The turkey shot out of the oven
and rocketed into the air,
it knocked every plate off the table
and partly demolished a chair.

It ricocheted into a corner
and burst with a deafening boom,
then splattered all over the kitchen,
completely obscuring the room.

It stuck to the walls and the windows,
it totally coated the floor,
there was turkey attached to the ceiling,
where there’d never been turkey before.

It blanketed every appliance,
it smeared every saucer and bowl,
there wasn’t a way I could stop it,
that turkey was out of control.

I scraped and I scrubbed with displeasure,
and thought with chagrin as I mopped,
that I’d never again stuff a turkey
with popcorn that hadn’t been popped.

  — Jack Prelutsky

Copyright © 1990. All Rights Reserved. From Something Big Has Been Here. Greenwillow Books. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From Something Big Has Been Here

Something big is right here!

It is this book of wonderful, funny poems by beloved children’s poet Jack Prelutsky. If you’ve read The New Kid on the Block, you have some idea of the treat ahead. And if you haven’t, all you have to do is start reading!

Here are four vain and ancient tortoises, a rat of culture, Super Samson Simpson, a meat loaf that defies an ax, five flying hotdogs—and many, many more people, animals, and things that are destined to become part of the lives of everyone who loves to laugh.

Say them, chant them, learn them by heart, or just read them—Jack Prelutsky’s poems are incomparable.

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About the Author

Jack Prelutsky has filled more than fifty books of verse with his inventive wordplay, including the national bestsellers The Wizard, Scranimals, and The New Kid on the Block. He is also the author of Be Glad Your Nose is on your Face, a collection of his most celebrated verses. He was named the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.

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