World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You've Never Heard Of
  • World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You've Never Heard Of
  • World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You've Never Heard Of

World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You've Never Heard Of

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by J. Patrick Lewis, Anna Raff
     
 

From the Children’s Poet Laureate comes a year-round ode to wacky holidays just begging to be celebrated.

Nobody should ever forget Ewe on Ohio Sheep Day (July 14). No mata mata how hard they may try on World Turtle Day (May 23). If you’ve never heard of Dragon Appreciation Day, International Cephalopod Awareness Day, or Yell "Fudge!" at the

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Overview

From the Children’s Poet Laureate comes a year-round ode to wacky holidays just begging to be celebrated.

Nobody should ever forget Ewe on Ohio Sheep Day (July 14). No mata mata how hard they may try on World Turtle Day (May 23). If you’ve never heard of Dragon Appreciation Day, International Cephalopod Awareness Day, or Yell "Fudge!" at the Cobras in North America Day, it’s not because they don’t exist, it’s simply that they needed someone to spread the word. Luckily, the fantastically zany poems of J. Patrick Lewis and Anna Raff’s equally hilarious illustrations have memorialized these holidays forever. So get out your calendars — from Happy Mew Year for Cats Day to Chocolate-Covered Anything Day, World Rat Day (April 4) calls for a year-round celebration.

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post - Kristi Elle Jemtegaard
These 26 selections…will tickle the funny bones of even those who are poem-phobic. Coupling the words of Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis with the loosely composed cartoons of Anna Raff ramps up the fun.
Publishers Weekly
Lest readers forget to observe (actual) holidays like Worm Day (March 15) or Yell ‘Fudge!’ at the Cobras in North America Day (June 2), Lewis offers a lyrical reminder, with several of the special occasions crashed by a squadron of rats. In honor of Pink Flamingo Day (May 29), Lewis fashions a concrete poem: “A Flamingo is a long cooooooooool drink of something pink,” and for International Cephalopod Awareness Day, a scuba-diving rat with a toilet plunger greets a doe-eyed octopus: “I wish I was an octopus/ In inky-dinky weather./ Then you and I could octopush/ Our suction cups together.” Raff’s loose washes with ink details exude personality and humor (a skunk’s photo shoot has her posing next to a bottle of “Eau de Eeeew!”) in this gleefully silly crowd-pleaser. Ages 5–8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This hilarious text by the Children's Poet Laureate of the United States is a fantastic mesh of humor that children will love with poetic forms that lend themselves well to fun. Whether he is using limericks for "Limerick Day" (May 12) to celebrate paws, flippers, hips or feet, or relying on rhyming for "Bulldogs are Beautiful" Day (April 24), the poet is engaging younger readers in a happy romp that will help them better appreciate their vocabulary. My favorite selection had to be "Eight Table Manners for Dragons" with its wonderful twist on comments we hear all too often at the dinner table. For example, "Don't talk with food in your mouth" becomes "Don't talk with people in your mouth" and "Don't play with your food" becomes "Play with your food, but don't let it run around screaming." The illustrations, ink washes and drawings support the display of great expressions on the various animals and invite the use of vibrant colors throughout (see "Pink Flamingo" Day on May 29th). For elementary readers who love animals and parents or teachers looking to kindle an appreciation of poetry, this is the perfect choice. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Funny from start to finish, these superbly crafted poems and inventive illustrations celebrate the extraordinary, odd, and seldom heard of holidays that the elementary-school crowd will love. Raff's intelligent artwork adds to the lighthearted play with many surprises. On "Worm Day" (March 15th), a troupe of worm scouts sporting their uniform scarves listens attentively while the scout master points toward a map of key locations next to an anatomical diagram of their subject, the robin. In another poem, an oversize Mae West of a cat, wearing a crown, reclines regally on the couch while confetti litters the air and balls of yarn dangle from the ceiling like balloons-it's "Happy Mew Year"-and the dog of the house looks on confused. Lewis writes, "On Mew Year's Day, /Let my cat be/The Queen of Purriosity…." January 16th is "Dragon Appreciation Day," and the dragons are feasting. Some of the tips on their etiquette menu include, "Never blow on your soup. That only makes it hotter" and "Play with your food, but don't let it run around screaming." For "National Skunk Day," the illustration shows a skunk posing for a photo beside a bottle of spray perfume while the photographers and lighting crew-all rats-struggle to repress their olfactory impulses. The entire book is such fun that children will will want to shout, "It's J. Patrick Lewis Day!"—Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA
Kirkus Reviews
The Children's Poet Laureate takes a tongue-in-cheek look at some of the weird and wacky holidays that never quite make it onto commercially printed calendars. The vast majority of the holidays here celebrate animals: from turtles, pigs and worms to pink flamingos, skunks and sloths, among others. While many of the above may not seem celebration-worthy, a few holidays are even stranger: International Cephalopod Awareness Day (Oct. 8) and two that many will instantly add to their personal calendars: Yell "Fudge" at the Cobras in North America Day (Jun. 2) and Chocolate-Covered Anything Day (Dec. 16). But while the subject matter is certainly fascinating and amusing, the poetry can be uneven, though the riffs on English spellings shine, and the wordplay is consistently clever, especially in "Eight Table Manners for Dragons." But there is also an element of grimness and edginess--"Play with your food, but don't let it run around screaming." Raff's heavily anthropomorphized watercolor critters here include one rat with tail aflame and another pinned to the floor between the tines of a fork. Limerick Day's five poems are equally weak, while Frog Jumping Day's verse has nowhere near the creativity and sheer reading pleasure of the similar "Puddle Paddle Battle" from Dr. Seuss' Fox in Socks. And parents who don't want to explain might want to skip Mule Day's poem, "Jack A." Though it's bumpy, it's still a novel way to add some zany celebrations to the family or classroom calendar. (Poetry. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763654023
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
905,763
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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