It's Raining Pigs & Noodlesby Jack Prelutsky
It would be hard to find a schoolage kid who has not read or heard a Prelutsky poem and who does not want to hear another. He plays with the
The poet laureate of the young set is back, with his artist laureate collaborator, to "take another swipe at stuffiness."- Here are more than one hundred poems bursting to be read, chanted, laughed over, and remembered.
It would be hard to find a schoolage kid who has not read or heard a Prelutsky poem and who does not want to hear another. He plays with the language and encourages readers to revel in the game. Puns, jokes, wordplay and shape play, wit, silliness, slapstick, and joy abound. Some of the poems are about people, some are about animals. And some are about things that never were (and that one hopes never will be). Be warned: Read a poem once and you will love it. Read it several times and it will be part of you forever.
National Parenting Publication-Gold Award
Jack Prelutsky has set to music and performs 28 of his poems from the book of the same title (Greenwillow Press, 2000). Humorous throughout, there is a lot of variety, both in the poetry and in the music. Some of the pieces are nonsensical, such as the title poem that lists many ridiculous items it could pour instead of rain. There are funny story poems such as "I Chased a Dragon Through the Woods," and thoughtful poems such as "Plooters" which sarcastically admonishes those who "don't care, we make messes everywhere." And of course there are his exuberant wordplays, like "Is Traffic Jam Delectable?" Prelutsky perfectly matches the tone of each poem with the style of music, ranging from blues to bluegrass. With a wide assortment of accompanying instruments (mandolin, banjo, violin, guitar, harmonica and clarinet), some of the songs have a Celtic, Mexican, or Eastern European flavor. The poem titles are printed on the CD only, making it impossible to read them while listening. A great way to introduce children to poetry or to enliven a poetry unit.-Cynthia Grabke, Halifax Elementary School, MA
The Christian Science Monitor
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It's Raining Pigs and Noodles
It's raining pigs and noodles,
it's pouring frogs and hats,
chrysanthemums and poodles,
bananas, brooms, and cats.
Assorted prunes and parrots
are dropping from the sky,
here comes a bunch of carrots,
It's raining pens and pickles,
and eggs and silverware.
A flood of figs and nickels
is falling through the air.
I see a swan, a sweater,
a clock, a model train--
like this so much better
than when it's raining rain.
Meet the Author
Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.
James Stevenson is an op-ed contributor to the New York Times. His popular column, "Lost and Found New York," has appeared regularly in the newspaper since 2003. He was on the staff of The New Yorker for more than three decades; his work includes 2,000 cartoons and 80 covers, as well as reporting and fiction. He is also the author and illustrator of over 100 children's books. He lives in Connecticut.
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My name is Alexandra and I am 9 years old. I read all of the poems in this book. My favorite poem was "I'm a Noted Liar". It is confusing and funny at the same time. My least favorite poem was "Burp". Who, besides a boy, likes to talk about burps? Jack Prelutsky is a funny writer!
I've been reading this to my grandchildren. We have so much fun with the purely nonsensical silliness. Lots and lots of giggles.
Jack Prelutsky has done it again! His wonderful use of wit and humor appeal to children of all ages. My class loves it when I read Prelutsky's poems and stories aloud to them. If you are a teacher, and want to get your kids excited about reading, I would definitely add any or all of Prelutsky's books to your classroom library! Happy Reading!
This is a great collection of poems. They are great fun to read with your young child. Jack Prelutsky has such a great sense of humor and fun. Kids of all ages will like this book