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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 en ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 22nd 2000 by Greenwillow Books
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I have always been a fan of Jack Prelutsky's poetry and It's Raining Pigs & Noodles does not dissapoint. There are poems in here that are appropriate for readers aged 6-60. His poetry is all very humorous and light-hearted, and range from the traditional to the unique. My favorite poem, "I'm Ironing my Rhinoceros" is a delightful poem about a girl who wants to get her rhinoceros "smooth and sublime." One of the great features of Prelutsky's poetry is that he is not afraid to use some complex ...more
Jennifer Bollinger
rate: 3

It's raining pigs and noodles is a wonderful book for young children because it is a book that is filled with poems that children will just giggle and laugh all day long about. This book is not just for young children it is a book that the whole family will enjoy reading together and laughing about the poems. It is an imaginative book that has all kind of silly poems.

Poem: It's raining pigs and noodles,
It's pouring frogs and hats,
Chrysanthemums, and poodles,
Bananas, brooms, and
N_stefanie Akwa
It’s Raining Pigs & Noodles is a wonderful addition to any poetry collection for children. Jack Prelutsky’s other books, The New Kid on the Block and Something Big Has Been Here were both ALA Notable Books, and given Prelutsky’s talent, I can see why. The poems in this book are very child-friendly, playful and funny. There are plenty of clear examples of onomatopoeia, alliteration and other word plays. One of my favorites is “The Knock-Less Monster” demonstrating his existence on page thirty ...more
Bryonna Potter
The poems in this book were funny. Although the pictures in the book weren't colorful like i like them they still went well with the poems. I wouldn't mind reading some of these to my school age kids or maybe even Pre-k.

My Mother Gave Me Candy

My mother gave me candy....
it squirted in my eye.
My sister gave me handkerchiefs....
they made me itch and cry.

My father gave me boxing gloves...
I touched them and they burst.
Why ever does my birthday
have to fall on April first.
Camille Ryckman
Raining Pigs and Noodles is a book of poetry that every age of child can enjoy. The poems are silly and sometimes nonsensical. I was introduced to Jack Prelutsky poems by my sister-in-law who at the time was teaching 1st grade and gave our kids a book of his poetry. When my own daughter started kindergarden, her teacher had her class memorize a poem for Thanksgiving. It was so cute and funny that I asked who the author was and she said Prelutsky. While that sealed it, I began reading more of his ...more
Alma Hernandez
The collection by Jack Prelutsky is humorous. The poem that I chose is "The Loco Boys". This collection of poems made me smile and want to read on.

The Loco Boys

The Loco Boys were rustlers who rode the western plains.
A pack of mangy outlaws,
they came up short on brains.

The ranchersplain ignored them,
no posse chased those thieves.
They never rustled cattle-
they only rustled leaves.
joanna Sondheim
While often compared to Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutzky's poems never quite make it there for me. They are nonetheless, very good - funny and surprising, the poems are written with simple rhymes that speak to the trials of childhood. James Stevenson's drawings, which seem like they might wiggle off the page, only add to their appeal. Some of the verse in this collection, does fall flat, and it occasionally seems as though some poems that could have been left out have been added in for filler. T ...more
This book has a lot of silly poems. I really liked how they are fun to read. I really liked the pictures that come with the poems. There are poems for every reader. There are some really silly ones that don't have that "depth" that most poems do. Yet, there are some that will make children think harder to understand what the poem is saying. I don't know if I would use this book to teach I would probably just use it as a book for children to read when they have free time. It can keep the students ...more
Kelly Ramsey
This book raining pings and noddles to me was very catching....The poems in this book were absolutley beautiful I would use this on raing days as a tool for my children when we cant go out side.

The Farm's Karate Festival
By: Jack Prelutsky

At the farm's karate festival
the lambs and mules were tops,
The mules excelled at kicking,
but the lambs had beatten chops.
This a great collection of poems for children to explore. The black and white illustrations that accompany the text, is perfect to bring the words alive. Jack Prelutsky, creates fun and capturing poems for children to enjoy. His book will bring alive your imagination and inner poet. It is great for both adults and children alike to enjoy together.
It's raining Pigs and Noodles by Jack Prelutsky is a collection of humorous, sure to appeal to a younger audience, poems. They are written in all sorts of forms, from rhymes to free verse to ones that that one the shape of the subject (i.e.: a poem about a star written in the shape of a star). This book will definitely draw smiles and laughs from an elementary school age crowd. "My Parents have the Flu Today," "I took a Sip of Water," and "I am a Noted Liar" are three memorable ones. This poetry ...more
Staphany Ramirez
I personally would read this book to my class as a teacher, due to it's wonderful poetry. Jack Prelutzky's poems are very amazing for me. They are very good, funny and surprising. The poems are written with simple rhymes that speak to the trials of childhoodSome of the verse in this collection, does fall flat, and it occasionally seems as though some poems that could have been left out have been added in for filler. The majority of the book, however is strong, and kids will have fun with the lan ...more
Jack Prelutsky's poems are a lot of fun to read out loud. With lots of nonsense situations and tongue-twisting big words, it's hard not to stumble and giggle trying to make it all the way through without making a mistake. As a child, I sometimes found Shel Silverstein's poems a bit dark or scary, and I feel like Mr. Prelutsky is a cheerier alternative. The young reader in our house is the same way: his Prelutsky books are well-worn, and The Light in the Attic sits on the shelf unused.

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This is a must-have and a must-read poetry book. A lot of kids think that poetry is boring but not me. I know everyone has their own interests but I don't know how anyone can't like reading! This doesn't necessarily mean poetry. You can read any book that matches your interest (this goes for all the people in the world who don't like reading).Even if you don't like poetry(which you should) you'll love this hilarious book. I advise to read this book near a mirror (you'll find out when you read it ...more
I didn't realize that in the audiobook version, the poems are all set to music. Contains the theme song to my childhood ("You Can't Make Me Eat That") and the theme song to my adulthood ("I'm Tortured By Insomnia").
These poems are easily accessible to children. The subjects of the poems are silly and funny, which will appeal to children. The poems also flow very well when read aloud which will add to the enjoyment for children. In addition, the poems rhyme, which aids in retention of the poems. These poems would be great to project or put up on a big piece of paper for choral reading. There are several poems that are written into interesting shapes (examples on pages 26, 64, 101, 116, 137). A good extensio ...more
Thoroughly entertaining poems what will have children giggling and laughing aloud as they enjoy the silly rhymes. Fans of Shel Silverstein take not of Jack Prelutsky too!
Jessica McIntyre
The book “It's Raining Pigs & Noodles” by Jack Prelutsky and James Stevenson is a compilation of children's short poetry. Each poem inside has a small detailed picture drawn by the poets. Some poems are even what we call "concrete poetry" which has the words create a picture on their own.
Most poems are funny, silly, and whimsical but are very entertaining and even for adults! A lot of the poems are making fun of something children have to do such as taking out the garbage. This is a great p
May 16, 2014 Raegan added it
This book was really fun and not too long to read or boring and I Love jack prelutsky's poems because they are so creative and original
Michael Lezza
A book full of short funny poems.
Andrea Drouillard
I always love rhymes. The Outerspace Miracle Mall poem reminds me of my father in law - - hunting for bargains he doesn't need at all and snapping them up on a whim. By far, my favorite poem in this book is The Time Has Come, which reminds me of the jack-o'-lantern that my daughter made this year, that is well beyond its prime! My second favorite is Questions. Last, but not least, I like A Foolish Cow: A foolish cow, declining greens, ate jumping and vanilla beans. Now she quivers, now she quake ...more
Ceecee Com
I think it is crazy Pomes
Shaylee Williams
This book was a single author book of poems all by Jack Prelutsky. All of the poems in here were things that most children would probably dream about, all but into written form. All of the poems were really well written and thought about for a long time I bet, however, some of the poems were not all that interesting and some may have had words in them that the intended audience would understand.
I love Jack Prelutsky... this book is loaded with his wacky and fun ideas! Some of my favorites (going by first lines): All aboard the Bunny Bus, Can a butcher block and tackle?, Deep in our refrigerator (painfully familiar), I am winding through a maze, Is traffic jam delectable, Sometimes I take a notion, and Dancing Hippopotami.

Honestly, I could list more...
Year published:2001
Grade Level: 3-6

I love poetry by Jack Prelutsky! He really knows how to write great poems for young people and really get them interested in both listening to and writing their own types of poetry. Some of his poems rhyme and others just flow with the use of literary elements.
Kathleen  Norwood
well i thought that this book was a very cute book filled with poetry and im not that big of fan of poetry so this book must have been REALLY good. I love rhymes though. some of the poetry was really funy but i read A LOT a night and it kind of got annoying.. so i KIND OF reccomend it!!
Children's Literature Project
It's Raining Pigs and Noodles is a collection of over 100 silly poems. The poems capture the thought process of children.

Classroom uses:
-- teach poetry
-- entertainment
-- teach figurative language
-- teach inference

Grades: 1-5
Ages: 5-10
Lexile: 1090
DRA: 34-38
I really like Shel Silverstein but some of his topics are really dark - kidnapping, cannibalism, death, killing etc.

Jack is just as funny and his topics aren't as dark.

I know it's important to read poetry to my children and he makes it really fun (even for me) to do so.
Robin Morris
I've Turned into a Carrot

I thought this poem was absurdly funny. Wouldn't it be a curse to have been turned into a vegetable you never liked to eat and then have an animal try to eat you as that vegetable? I just loved it. The poor, poor carrot.
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Jack Prelutsky is an American poet. He attended New York public schools, and later the High School of Music and Art and Hunter College. Prelutsky, who has also worked as a busboy, furniture mover, folk singer, and cab driver, claims that he hated poetry in grade school because of the way it was taught. He is the author of more than 30 poetry collections including Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your ...more
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