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It's Raining Pigs & Noodles

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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.

The master of mischievous rhyme, Jack Prelutsky, and his partner in crime, James Stevenson, have whipped up a storm of more than one hundred hilarious poems and zan
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by Greenwillow Books (first published August 22nd 2000)
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MissDziura
Mar 14, 2010 MissDziura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Ryk Stanton
May 13, 2015 Ryk Stanton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Jack Prelutsky's poetry. I haven't managed to get my kids to sit still to listen to much of it, but I'm getting poems into their heads here and there. I don't have anything new to say about this one that I did not say about the previous one I read, but if you haven't read JP (and especially if you have kids of any age) then you definitely should.
Sabrina
Sep 03, 2015 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Has some silly and funny short poems by my favorite childhood poet.
Megan Koval
Feb 27, 2015 Megan Koval rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I personally enjoyed this collection of nonsesne poems. I enjoyed the various styles of poems throughout the book and I also really enjoyed the pictures that went along with many of the poems. Some of my favorites are ones that utilize onomatopoeia and the shape of the poem to enhance the poem. I think that Prelutsky did a good job of creating poems that are fun for young children to read that will keep them engaged and that will give them a positive image of what poetry is. I would classify th ...more
Jennifer Bollinger
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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
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Maddie Smith
Nov 09, 2015 Maddie Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Raining Pigs and Noodles by Jack Prelutsky is a humorous book full of fun and wacky poems. This book was really enjoyable and my interest in poetry grew after finishing it.

One of my favorite poems in this comical book was "The Time Has Come" which is about a family that has had a jack-o'-lantern for the past eleven Halloweens. There was also a picture of a squashed pumpkin that went along with the poem and was a knee slapper. One thing that I found interesting in this book was that the auth
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Alyssa Ruehl
Feb 25, 2015 Alyssa Ruehl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great way to show the rhyming versions of poetry. This is the typical every other line rhymes with one another, which creates a nice rhythm. I read this book when I was younger and loved it. I loved the imagery it presented, although I did not know that at the time. In this book is 100 different poems, which can show children many different forms of poetry. This would be great to start off each day with a curriculum based read aloud. The teacher can read the book and ask students ...more
Landon Rotolo-Utz
Jack Prelutsky has assembled quite an amazing collection of children's poetry in his book It's Raining Pigs & Noodles. This book quickly caught my attention with its heavy use of figurative language and depth of poetry elements. My Underdog is Overweight, is full of repetition, alliteration, and overall word play. He uses "overrate" instead of over ate which, had me cracking up and the constant use of over and under give the poem a sense of movement much like chasing around an overactive do ...more
N_stefanie Akwa
Nov 16, 2010 N_stefanie Akwa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Erin Brockway
Feb 25, 2015 Erin Brockway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This book has a collection of poems that use different styles. Some of them use rhyming, some are in different shapes of what they are describing and they discuss many different topics. This book would be great to use in a classroom to show students the different styles of poem writing. It would show students that poems do not always rhyme but can be written in different styles or even different shapes. I really liked this book because of the different styles used throughout it.
Bryonna Potter
Apr 02, 2014 Bryonna Potter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rhyming, poems
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.
Alma Diaz
It's Raining Pigs and Noodles by Jack Prelutsky, is a book filled with a collection of poems. Each page has a different set of poems along with different illustrations. The book is an easy read and it demonstrates the different ways poetry can be utilized. Prelutsky created poems that can introduce to young children and adults. I think this book can be helpful for children to have an idea on how a poem can be structured and displayed.

Jasmine
Feb 06, 2015 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: peer-teacher
It's Raining Pigs and Noodles is a good book that is filled with poems that are long and short. A variety of poems for people of all ages. Each poem is unique, silly and fun to read. Some of the poems are actually written differently, for instance one poem was written in a circler way. I would like to read a poem like that to find out what it is about. Though the cover is filled with colors the pages on the inside are just black and white.
Anna
1. SUMMARY – This collection has an amusing array of poems that take on extraordinary forms. Spiral, star, and a maze are only a few of the arrangements that place the reader in a different orientation than that of a linear stanza.
2. GENRE – This is an example of poetry.
3. LITERARY CONCEPTS – metaphor, hyperbole, simile, alliteration
4. TRAITS – Presentation, Word Choice
5. Interest/reading level – K – 2nd / 4th – 5th
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
Apr 02, 2014 Alma Hernandez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Yessenia
Feb 17, 2013 Yessenia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kenia Soto
It's Raining Pigs and Noodles is a good book that contains numerous poems. I loved the way some of the poems had their words spiraling into a circle and others went in all sorts of directions. The illustrations are nice and I feel that 3-8 years old would be attracted to this book. Not only because of the illustration but also because of their words. Wonderful poetry teaching tool.
Kelly Ramsey
Apr 02, 2014 Kelly Ramsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poems
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.
Amy Scott
I did like this book, but for older elementary students. It has some very cute poems in it, but the level of difficulty for some of the words I think would be better suited for 3rd grade and up. I do like that it has varying kinds of poems and some that even take a particular shape to add effect. Overall its a good representation of poetry for children.
Bunty Jah
Feb 23, 2015 Bunty Jah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: peer-teacher
It's raining pigs and noodles is a great collection of poetry for kids. I'm stuck inside a sea shell was one of the peoms I read. This book is funny and the author have short and long poems which is also nice. I did not really care for the colors and illustration on this book kind of boring for kinds. This will be a good collection to have for kids.
Sarah
Oct 16, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
N_maheenayub
Nov 17, 2010 N_maheenayub rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
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
Megdep
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.

This book c
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Janet Squires
Jan 08, 2016 Janet Squires rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prelutsky delivers his trademark silliness in this collection of one hundred poems that are filled with nonsense, goofy rhymes, puns, wordplay, and punchlines that will leave readers groaning and grinning.
Stevenson's illustrations add a deliciously zany note to the fun-filled chaos.
Sophia
Jan 14, 2014 Sophia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jazzmin Baldwin
I just love poetry. This book gets the children engaged being that it's short poems and can meet many domains in one book. I recommend this book to readers. This book of poetry short and long encourages diversity and teaches about poems.
Vanessa Wilder
Everything seems to be going wrong, for today was not the luckiest day at all. It is an interesting poems that will have the children laughing on their feet.


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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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