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Overview

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

A collection of humorous poems such as "The Dancing Hippopotami," "You Can't Make Me Eat That," "My Father's Name is Sasquatch," and "Dear Wumbledeedumble."

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As a child, Jack Prelutsky thought poetry was one dull thing. But once he was introduced properly to its refracted wonders, he began creating his own wacky, luminous verse. Fans of his Pizza the Size of the Sun will welcome this new addition to the Prelutsky oeuvre
Publishers Weekly
The team behind The New Kid on the Block offers a bounteous volume of verse. In a starred review, PW said, The reigning czars of silliness are back. Hats off to these two glorious goofballs! Ages 5-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Following A Pizza the Size of the Sun, the reigning czars of silliness are back on the warpath, wreaking poetic havoc with yet another deliciously sly volume. The titles alone are a treat: "Never Poke Your Uncle With a Fork"; "I'm Ironing My Rhinoceros"; "Waffles Give Me Sniffles." Prelutsky trips the light verse fantastic across territory that's familiar yet fresh. He gleefully descends to the depths of gross-out humor ("Worm puree, oh hooray!/ You're the dish that makes my day"), engages in nimble wordplay ("There's no present like the time," he notes in "I Gave My Friend a Cuckoo Clock") and once again proves himself king of the final one-two punch (a knight confesses to ineffectuality in an ode closing with this couplet: "My name is famed through all the land/ I'm called Sir Lunchalot"). The sassy selection of nonsense rhymes and puckish poems will further endear Prelutsky to his many fans. Meanwhile, partner-in-crime Stevenson peppers the pages with his inimitably impish sketches, from pigs in kilts on stilts to fleas on a circus trapeze. Hats off to these two glorious goofballs! Ages 5-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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K-Gr 6-Another felicitous collaboration from this team, full of the joy of words and whimsical images. Though the format, size, and type of content is similar to the duo's other books, the verse is fresh and catchy with sparkling wordplay and unexpected rhymes, and Stevenson's line drawings project the humor with verve. Included are the usual poems about weird animals and unusual children, a dragon, yucky food, fantastic experiences in everyday situations, and quite a few clever shape poems. There is even a disappearing one that actually vanishes off the page. All but two of the selections are new. As in the previous books, a wide variety of typefaces and printing tricks are utilized to create an imaginative and entertaining look. Wonderful tools for teachers, the poems boast impeccable rhythms and rhymes and strongly appeal to a child's sense of humor, whether read aloud or independently.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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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

Karen Carden
When kids feel silly, outrageous thyming poems can be great companions. Poet Jack Prelutsky and illustrator James Stevenson have teamed up again to offer more camraderie. It's Raining Pigs and Noodles is their fourth volume of funny, clever and just plain goofy verse...most kids will love it.
The Christian Science Monitor
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“Sure to tickle readers young and old.”
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“Unabated chaos that celebrates imagination.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060291952
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/22/2000
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Prelutsky

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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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,
some hippopotami.

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.

It's Raining Pigs & Noodles. Copyright © by Jack Prelutsky. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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It's Raining Pigs & Noodles

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,
some hippopotami.

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.

It's Raining Pigs & Noodles. Copyright © by Jack Prelutsky. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    Pigs & Noodles..... What a dream!

    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!

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    EVERY PAGE MADE ME LAUGH!!

    Since the first page I started to read, I could not stop laughing! The poems are really funny and I could tell the author has a really good imagination. My favorite poem is "It's raining pigs and noodles", I think is exciting to think that it is raining pigs and noodles intead of rain. I recommend this book to all thirds graders, I had a fun time reading it. AF,

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

    Enormously Funny

    I've been reading this to my grandchildren. We have so much fun with the purely nonsensical silliness. Lots and lots of giggles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    Reading Pigs and Noodles

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2000

    Read Aloud

    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

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