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Who Ordered the Jumbo Shrimp?: And Other Oxymorons (Sunburst Books) Paperback – Apr 2002


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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux; Reprint edition (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374483728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374483722
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 0.7 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,640,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A collection of over fifty familiar oxymorons, each accompanied by an illustration. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Who Ordered the Jumbo Shrimp? is a hilarious book. When I first opened it, it didn't look to funny. But as i got into it, I began laughing out loud at the ones like, "Poor Little Rich Girl," where the rich girl "hasn't had decent caviar in two days, please help. $50, $100, $200 donations. VISA and EMAX excepted." All in all, this a great book to read if you want some good laughs, and if you are looking for a book to stick your nose in. (I gaurantee that once you start, you won't put it down untill you have read the back cover)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
the master of wordplay strikes again! 12 April 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Oxymorons are, of course, words or phrases that are inherently contradictory: "jumbo shrimp", for example. Jon Agee has taken everyday phrases that so easily fall from all our lips and made us realize how delightfully ridiculous they really are. A scorched and burned man stands at his refrigerator while fire shoots from the top compartment. Why, it's FREEZER BURN, of course!! How about a group of drivers pulling their racecars?? Yup, you got it: that's DRAG RACE for you.
Mr. Agee is perhaps better known for his children's books, "Dmitri the Astronaut" and "If Snow Comes", but he's also a master of wordplay, with three other books of palindromes (words or phrases that are spelled the same way forward as backwards) and a book of anagrams (words that can be spelled with the same letters: "Elvis Lives"). These books of oddities of English would be as at home in a classroom as on the living room shelf. Indeed, as a teacher, I often pull one or two of his works into class to get the creative juices flowing with my students as they try to compose their own anagrams, palindromes and oxymorons.
While the book is by no means complete--there are hundreds of oxymorons--it is one of the few published books of contradictory phrases and certainly the only one I know that is illustrated! While I would have liked to see some of the more "controversial" ones (you know, the one's that might--GASP!!-- offend someone, like "military intelligence", "friendly fire" or "athletic scholarship"), the book is definitely recommended to add to your collection, whether you're a wordsmith or not.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A funny, well-thought out book of amusing oxymorons. 16 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Who Ordered the Jumbo Shrimp? is a hilarious book. When I first opened it, it didn't look to funny. But as i got into it, I began laughing out loud at the ones like, "Poor Little Rich Girl," where the rich girl "hasn't had decent caviar in two days, please help. $50, $100, $200 donations. VISA and EMAX excepted." All in all, this a great book to read if you want some good laughs, and if you are looking for a book to stick your nose in. (I gaurantee that once you start, you won't put it down untill you have read the back cover)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A laugh-out-loud funny selection of visual and verbal gags 5 Jun 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jon Agee's Who Ordered The Jumbo Shrimp? And Other Oxymorons is a delightfully humorous book that brings classic contradictory phrases like "freezer burn", "concrete jungle," "inherited debt" and more to life with the simple, stylistic black-and white cartoons of the wryly talented Jon Agee. A laugh-out-loud funny selection of visual and verbal gags and an ideal giftbook for anyone who enjoys a quick read and a good chuckle.
Fun book. 24 Oct 2013
By Debra Gifford - Published on Amazon.com
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This is just so much fun. What a clever book and how great the illustrations are. Well worth the purchase.
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