Jack Prelutsky (born September 8, 1940) is an American writer of children's poetry. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Carolynn.
Jack Prelutsky was born on September 8, 1940 in Brooklyn New York to Charles, an electrician/plumber and Dorothea, a homemaker. While he was still a baby, a fire burned his family's apartment and he was saved by his Uncle Charlie, who was a stand up comedian who played the Borscht Belt. He was poor growing up.
He attended local public schools in the Bronx, hated the experience, and was bored in class. Prelutsky claims to have hated poetry when he was younger. He stated that "sometime in elementary school I had a teacher who, in retrospect, did not like poetry herself. She was determined to inflict violent punches and deadly blows so you can believe her views on her captives that were locked in the basement. The syllabus told her she had to recite a poem once a week. She would pick a boring poem from a boring book and read it in a boring voice, looking bored while she was doing it."..
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