- Katz, Alan. 2001. Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs. New York: McElderry.
- Katz, Alan. 2003. I’m Still Here in the Bathtub; Brand New Silly Dilly Songs. New York: McElderry.
- Katz, Alan. 2005. Where Did They Hide My Presents? Silly Dilly Christmas Songs. New York: McElderry.
- Katz, Alan. 2006. Are You Quite Polite; Silly Dilly Manners Songs. New York: McElderry.
- Katz, Alan. 2008. On Top of the Potty: And Other Get-Up-and-Go Songs. New York: McElderry.
- Katz, Alan. 2008. Smelly Locker; Silly Dilly School Songs. New York: Simon & Schuster.
You’ll find 14 songs showcasing a variety of sports such as baseball, fishing, (miniature) golfing, ice skating, tennis, cycling, football, swimming, bowling, archery, and soccer. Details of the sport are noted alongside all the things that can go wrong, too. And I find it interesting the friendships and family relationships usually form the backdrop for each song, making it fun to sing and perform these in groups of kids or family members. Finally, each poem ends in a surprise or a twist that is sure to generate laughter.
Here’s just one example, the “kick-off” first poem in the book, “On Top of the Bleachers” (sung to the tune “On Top of Old Smokey”).
“On Top of the Bleachers”
(sung to the tune “On Top of Old Smokey”)
by Alan Katz
On top of the bleachers,
that’s where we just sat.
Dad bought me a pennant,
a scorecard, and hat.
He got me some peanuts,
a soda, and chips,
a ballplayer puppet
that swings as he flips.
Next I got a helmet,
a bat, and a glove,
a giant foam finger
the crowd doesn’t love.
Dad purchased a hot dog,
a cheese-filled dough puff,
an official backpack
to carry my stuff.
Twelve trips to the bathroom
Dad had to endure.
There mighta been a ball game…
though I’m not really sure.
Katz, Alan. 2009. Going, Going, Gone!: And Other Silly Dilly Sports Songs. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Challenge creative kids to compose their own song-poems about other favorite sports and record or perform them. Look for more fun and funny sports poems in Jack Prelutsky’s Good Sports; Rhymes About Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More (Knopf, 2007).
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